February 2013 Archives

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?

What if every school used our founding principles as a nation as its design principles for learning? How would schools need to change? And what would we unleash as a result?

What are the design principles of a more hopeful, solution-oriented approach to telling stories about teaching and learning? Is it possible to touch and to teach?

What are the policy implications of the 10-part video series 'A Year at Mission Hill?' And why does a DC policy expert find the series both inspiring and disorienting?

In a guest post for the Of, By, For blog, educator and author Kim Farris-Berg shares the insights from her research about teachers and the environments in which they are most likely to thrive.

In a guest post for the "Of, By, For" blog, educator Zac Chase views the new video series about Mission Hill through the lens of what he's studying as a doctoral student at the University of Colorado, and asks: "What is the measure of greatness of a school?"


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