Dr. Brad Kose is principal of Emerson Elementary School, where he leads with a strong commitment to educating the whole child. Academics, social emotional learning, cultural competence, participation in the unified arts, and service learning are important toward preparing all students for college, career, and community. In addition, personalized learning makes learning more engaging and relevant. At Emerson, learning is connected to students’ goals, interests, backgrounds, and strengths and students gradually take more ownership of their learning. Excellence, or “rigor” in the above well-rounded education, involves setting clear, high expectations for learning. Equity or fairness means that rather than treating all students the same, we provide them with supports that meet their different needs toward excellence.