April 2013 Archives

At Mission Hill, we see what's possible when teachers have the freedom and autonomy to make meaningful decisions around the structure and purpose of the school day. What would it take to create more school cultures like this -- and what would teachers create as a result? Kim Farris-Berg has some ideas.

In the tiny town of Hartsville, South Carolina, an experiment is underway that could transform American public education -- and reintroduce the nation to a forgotten champion of child development. What are they up to in Hartsville -- and what might the rest of us learn as a result?

In what ways should schools mimic the behavior of healthy families? Doctoral student Zac Chase considers the question and shares some of the most helpful research in formulating an answer.

In schools across the country, educators are creating safer learning environments by actively involving students in the creation of a healthy school culture. Kim Farris-Berg shares some of the more illustrative success stories.

In the latest chapter of A Year at Mission Hill, we see children and adults in repeated states of deliberation. Yet the art of deliberating -- or having long, careful conversations with other members of a community -- has been supplanted in recent years by our love of decisions. Sam Chaltain considers the costs of such a shift.

With her colleagues, Michelle Healy is spending the 2012-2013 school year crossing the country to identify successful practices from schools of every kind before her team designs and opens its own model public school in New York City. For the Of, By, For blog, she's also sharing some of those stories and how they relate to what she sees in each new episode of the 10-part video series, A Year at Mission Hill.

Which theories of learning and development are informing the teachers we're watching in the 10-part video series, A Year at Mission Hill? Former teacher (and current doctoral candidate) Zac Chase has some thoughts.

There's a movement underway in Rhode Island, one in which people's personal stories about teaching and learning are lighting a clearer path for school reform. What if more communities were willing to follow suit?

The late educator Jack Frymier often said, "If the kids want to learn, we can't stop 'em. If they don't, we can't make 'em." Yet how often are schools' objectives defined in terms of what the students seek to achieve? What would it look like if we charted a different path to learning and engagement?


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