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February 24, 2015

Sharing Facilities Can Help Students and Schools

Two or more schools can share space in a building, or share space with other organizations. Or they can do both. Sharing space can be done badly. But skillful sharing has many benefits for students, families and educators.

February 18, 2015

Absent? Learning Doesn't Have to Be

Feeling sick when you wake up in the morning, but you're afraid to miss what you've planned for the day? If it's a question of dragging your infectious body to school so kids don't miss out on learning or taking the time you need to heal, it's time to set up your classroom to run without you.

February 17, 2015

What Assessment System Would Serve Students & Society?

"From my perspective, using a variety of measures, including some selected at the local school level by educators, families and students,is the best way to capture the broad array of things each school is trying to do."

February 11, 2015

3 District Problems Help Explain Charter Growth

I'd like to discuss three documents. The first document is a powerful description of Metro, a terrific innovative district high "school without walls" in Chicago that operated 1970-1991. The second is a 1988 speech by Al Shanker. The third is an article by civil rights legend Dr. Kenneth Clark.

February 10, 2015

Can We Bring the Charter School Movement Under One Umbrella?

I'd love to figure out a way we could join together to create a charter movement that brings us together under one umbrella to fight for better charter or pilot legislation that will preserve the best of 'public-ness' and the best of 'private-ness.'

February 05, 2015

A New, Better Deal for Teachers and Families

Many public school educators are frustrated. Fortunately, there's a growing movement to give teachers, along with families, a new, better deal. This empowers teachers to create, as options, new schools that reflect their views about how schools should be organized.

February 05, 2015

Are School Choice and Equity Incompatible?

It's difficult to argue against the concept of educational choices - but practices involving competition and profit-seeking will not advance the goal of building a strong and equitable public education system.

January 29, 2015

Moving Ahead on 3 Dreams

Nathan: Let's begin with Antonia, Jennifer, Khalique and your encouragement to dream.

January 22, 2015

New Ways to Expand Opportunities for Educators, Families, and Students

Nathan: Since 1985, Minnesota has allowed high school students to earn college credit with state funds following them, helping pay for all tuition, book and lab fees. Moreover, some of us are advocating providing start-up funds to help district faculty start new options within school districts.

January 13, 2015

My Love-Hate Relationship With Choice

Meier: Maybe if teachers had time to know each other, their students, and families personally, they'd grow to trust each other as partners.

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