What would it take to ensure that every action taken by a staff of teachers mirrored the sorts of learning opportunities they wanted to provide their students? The Mission Hill School in Boston has an answer -- and it's not as complicated as you might think.
In maintaining our fixation on reading and math achievement, what do we fail to see? A recent announcement of the test results of one school -- a school in which the author knew all 56 of the tested students -- prompted some reflection.
What does the superintendent of a major urban school district think about the proper balance between district expectations and school autonomy?
Is Sugata Mitra's vision of building "school in the cloud" indicative of the future of learning, the death of public education, both, or neither?
What happens when a seven-year-old girl discovers what a hands-on learning environment really looks and feels like -- only to realize that none of the schools in her community look and feel the same way?
There are two current storytelling efforts about two different schools that, if you're not careful, might feel like the American version of a tale of two cities. In reality, though, it's impossible to hear these two schools' stories and not see three clear implications for school reform going forward.
In A Year at Mission Hill, we see the value of teachers having the space and time to know their students well. Is it time we revisited the power of small class sizes when it comes to education policy?
A team of three experienced educators are crossing the country to identify successful practices from schools of every kind before they design and open a model public school. What have they discovered?
At the Mission Hill school, teachers are empowered to decide what's best for their students. Would more schools be healthier places if more teachers were given similar latitude?
What does it really mean to model an ethic of caring in our classrooms? And how might it help sustain teachers in their daily challenges to help children learn to use their minds well?