As co-founder of a small charter high school, I decided to interview Mike Klonsky, Chicago-based leader in the modern small-schools movement. Mike and I have a lot in common: we agree that small schools offer a more humane and functional alternative to big schools. We also share the belief, as evidenced by research and our own experiences, that small schools have lower teacher turnover, experience less violence, and allow for greater teacher autonomy.Read More
You can keep waiting for Superman, but he’s not coming. I find the title of a certain highly controversial documentary to be ironic, because it is problematic in its symbolism, alone. To invoke such iconography during the debate overRead More
This is something I want to scream at people on a regular basis! Let me explain the scenario. This usually happens to me on weekends or anytime I meet someone brand new. It's a conversation I have had many times!Read More
According to the US News & World Report Data:
* The number 1 school has only 1% of its students eligible for free and reduced lunch.
* The number 2 school has only ONE STUDENT eligible for free and reduced lunch.
* The number 9 school, an AZ charter, has not one single student eligible for free and reduced lunch.
At the end of this year, House Bill 2281 will likely be signed into law. This bill will effectively outlaw ethnic studies classes which have been especially meaningful for our Mexican-American, African-American and Native American students. These classes have provided an important setting for students who have not been able to see themselves or hear their stories in the traditional curriculum. We learn best when we can form a personal, relevant connection to what is being taught. And when we can’t, we shut down.Read More
Did you know that for next few weeks it is “banned books week?” Well, I admit that I did not know this, but recently came across this information coincidently after being challenged and questioned as to why I was readingRead More
The 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act was approved by the Senate on August 6th. It is now waiting for House approval. Here are the bill's three guiding concepts: First, expand program access to reduce childhood hunger; second, improve nutritionalRead More
I recently had the good fortune to hear Ian Jukes share his thoughts on education's struggle to keep pace with "Exponential Times." I found his presentation particularly interesting because a book I recently read identified exponential growth as the most importantRead More
Some of us are ending our second week of school, while others are still putting up fadeless paper and anxiously waiting for our class list to be placed in our mailboxes. Either way the season of going back to school isRead More