Understanding Each Child, Our Future: Core Principles


Each Child, Our Future is Ohio’s five-year strategic plan to ensure each student enjoys a bright future thanks to an excellent preK-12 education experience. More than 150 Ohio-based partners helped develop Each Child, Our Future, along with feedback from 1,200 Ohio parents, caregivers, preK-12 and postsecondary educators, employers, business leaders, community members, state legislators and students.

This is the third in an 11-part series of shorts that walks EdConnection readers through the plan. Last week’s installment touched on components of the plan and explained its focus on supporting the whole — physical, social, emotional and intellectual — child. This week’s article covers the three core principals on page 8 of the plan, which can be found in its entirety by clicking here.

Core Principles

Three fundamental principles lay the foundation for Each Child, Our Future.

  • EQUITY: Equity in education means each child has access to relevant, challenging academic experiences and educational resources needed for success, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, family background or income. Each Child, Our Future renews Ohio’s commitment to creating learning conditions that ensure each child acquires knowledge and skills across four equal learning domains, or areas: Foundational Knowledge and Skills; Well-rounded Content (subjects and disciplines); Leadership and Reasoning; and Social-Emotional Learning.
  • PARTNERSHIPS: Everyone — schools, families, communities and our state — shares the responsibility of preparing children for successful futures. The most important partners are parents and caregivers, who have the greatest impact on their children’s development. Other indispensable partners include educators, higher education institutions, businesses, philanthropy, employers, libraries, social service organizations, community members, health care providers, behavioral health experts and many more. Put simply, partnerships transform the education experience.
  • QUALITY SCHOOLS: All schools — public and private — play important roles in building Ohio’s future. Quality schools are important destinations where many individuals and factors converge to serve each student. These include school leaders, teachers, parents and caregivers, curriculum, instruction, student supports and analysis of student data. Research shows that school leaders have the greatest hand in defining a school’s culture and climate, which significantly affect student learning. 

Pursuing educational equity, partnerships and quality schools, we can offer every Ohio child a promising future.

See the next edition of EdConnection to learn about the overarching vision and goal for Each Child, Our Future, built on the plan’s three core principles.