The following commentary illustration was done for Education Week and accompanied an article that explored the idea that the best way to improve or reform eduction is to put aside competing interests and plans (put forward primarily by government, unions, and teachers) and then work together on a unified goal that gives meaningful support to teachers and most importantly the children in the system.
First rough sketch
After some input from the art director, I came up with these next two.
This was the rough sketch that was given a go.
Final illustration (color added in Photoshop)