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Summary: A Year At Mission Hill is is a 10-part series, which chronicles a year in the life of one of America's most successful public schools.
The Guiding Question for Chapter 1: What characterizes a great school, and how do schools sustain greatness over time?
Summary: Our vision is to create a new prototype for public high schools in both New Mexico and the United States. The school and its programs, provide cutting-edge specific learning to students by highly skilled instructors. ACE Leadership was created on the premise that, given the appropriate design, we can significantly reduce the number of low income students who currently do not graduate in Albuquerque. This school will capture their imagination and prepare them for college and work.
Ace Leadership is a project-based school working with high-quality organizations in the country to create high level student learning.
Summary: The Adirondack Folk School is the only school of its kind in the country dedicated to teaching the arts, crafts and culture of this unique Adirondack region. The Adirondack Folk School teaches the joy of learning through hands-on experiences. In addition to our hands-on courses, Adirondack storytellers and musicians share the culture of the Adirondacks through demonstrations, special programs and our fireside evening gatherings.
We're a non-profit 501 (c)( 3) school made up of local artisans, crafts people and volunteers interested in promoting and teaching these skills in a non-competitive environment focused on the student.
Summary: The Al Kennedy High School, "School of Sustainability," is a public school serving 90 students in the South Lane School District of Oregon. A Kennedy education focuses on preparing students to use the skills learned at school to tackle local, national, and global issues that focus primarily on economic vitality, social justice and environmental integrity. Kennedy staff are motivated by the core belief that student(tm)s lives change when their natural passion for learning is nurtured and allowed to develop into healthy habits of mind that both strengthen the intellect and engage the heart. A Kennedy education asks a great deal from everyone - personal balance, greater engagement in the world of creativity and ideas, and a commitment to positive citizenship.
Summary: The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) is an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education. The role of AESA is to provide a cross-disciplinary forum wherein scholars gather to exchange and debate ideas regarding education generated from liberal arts disciplines such as philosophy, history, politics, sociology, anthropology, or economics as well as comparative/international and cultural studies. This cross-disciplinary commitment of the organization creates a landscape for the discussion of broader policy issues such as minority studies, gender studies, multicultural education, democracy, and issues of educational equality and equity.
Summary: Antioch University is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education, innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship. With 5 campuses in 4 states in the U.S., the University nurtures in their students the knowledge, skills and habits of reflection to excel as lifelong learners, democratic leaders and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose.
Summary: The Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP) is a youth-led math literacy program that uses peer-to-peer tutoring and experiential pedagogy to strengthen math skills, employ youth, and develop leadership potential. The youth of the BAP believe that math skills are a gateway to breaking the cycle of poverty that afflicts urban youth.
Summary: For almost 100 years, Bank Street College of Education has focused on creating and understanding environments that enable children to learn. Bankstreet aims to carry out this mission through engaging with children in classrooms, museums and other settings. In addition, Bankstreet prepares teachers for these settings. And, through the activities of its faculty Bankstreet preserves and generates new knowledge about the teaching and learning environment.
Summary: Big Picture Learning supports a network of over 60 schools worldwide that follow the Big Picture learning design, which is based on three foundational principles: first, that learning must be based on the interests and goals of each student; second, that a student's curriculum must be relevant to people and places that exist in the real world; and finally, that a student's abilities must be authentically measured by the quality of her or his work. A key feature of the model is Learning Through Internships, through which students spend 2-3 days each week learning alongside expert mentors in a given field.
Summary: BYOP is a live community of youth, supported by adults, who are fighting for justice in the Boston area and beyond! We are involved in local, regional, and national projects for social and youth justice.We are an organization of youth, led by youth and supported by adults, who are united by a common purpose: to increase youth power and create positive social change. To do this, we develop counter-cultural values, build relationships across differences, train and develop leaders, identify key issues of concern and take action for justice.
Summary: Brightworks is a school that reimagines K-12 education. By taking the best practices from both early childhood education and hands-on, project-based experiential learning. We strive to meet students' needs in a flexible, mixed-age environment that breaks the traditional walls between school and the community outside the classroom. We offer a broad-spectrum learning environment designed to encourage creative capacity, tenacity, and citizenship.
Using the Brightworks arc as a framework for deeply engaged learning, children develop the ability to find wonder and delight in the exploration of any topic, to practice working together to turn ideas into reality, and to learn how to communicate what they have done and why - all in the context of a diverse community of collaborators, families, volunteers, and supporters.
Summary: Dubbing themselves The Resistance, a group of Bronx students have decided to “Occupy” public education, releasing a 10 point plan for reforming New York City's public school system. Some of their demands include "a healthy, safe environment that does not expect our failure or anticipate our criminality,” class sizes that are “humane and productive,” and “student assessments and evaluations that reflect the variety of ways that we learn and think.”
Summary: The mission of Casey Elementary School is to focus on student achievement by providing a challenging and engaging curriculum for a diverse, multiculutral student body. In doing so, we will incorporate the art forms of music, dance, drama, and visual arts into the curriculum. Each student will be challenged to develop and achieve essential academic skills, as well as an appreciation and understanding of their artistic surroundings, in order to become a successful, well-rounded, productive citizen.
Summary: The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies. Today, the Center administers a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, professional development, and community-based programs.
Summary: Founded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the Center for Court Innovation helps the justice system aid victims, reduce crime, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve public trust in justice. The Center combines action and reflection to spark innovation locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Center for Court Innovation seeks to improve the juvenile justice system in a number of ways. For example, it has created youth courts that use positive peer pressure to encourage young people who have engaged in wrongdoing to repay the community; youthful offender domestic violence courts that address relationship abuse among teenagers; and alternative-to-detention programs that work with young people arrested for delinquency charges. The goal of all of the Center's juvenile justice projects is to provide troubled young people with the structure and support they need to avoid future delinquent behavior.
Summary: For two decades, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship has led in the field of civic engagement by using theory-based practices to make democracy a way of life. In addition to conducting ongoing research, the center actively collaborates with schools, such as Jane Addams School for Democracy, and community-based organizations. The Center for Democracy and Citizenship collaborates with a variety of partners to promote active citizenship and public work by people of all ages. The center's work is grounded in the belief that a healthy democracy requires everyone's participation, and that each of us has something to contribute.
Summary: The Center for Educational Pathways is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved children and their teachers build creative pathways to academic success. Our flagship programs are The Comic Book Project and Youth Music Exchange. We partner with schools, libraries, afterschool programs, and community-based organizations throughout the United States and internationally to promote creativity as a key component to the academic growth and social development of every child.
Summary: Inspired Teaching is rooted in the belief that every student possesses the ability to think critically, learn and understand information, and solve complex problems and that students should learn to spend their time in school engaged primarily in these kinds of activities. It is the teacher's responsibility to find and create a way to reach every student. Inspired Teaching is the kind of teaching that recognizes each child's innate desire to learn and builds on individual strengths to maximize academic, social and emotional achievement. We work with teachers, principals, and entire school faculties serving students from pre-K to 12th grade.
Summary: Challenge Day's mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression. Our 6 1/2-hour Challenge Day program is designed for 100 students. Our program is created to build connection and empathy, and to fulfill our vision that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated. Challenge Day is more than a one-day program. It is the spark that ignites a movement of compassion and positive change, known as the Be the Change movement.
Summary: The Chicago Freedom School is not a traditional school, but a nonprofit organization committed to supporting social change movements led by youth with support from adult allies. The Chicago Freedom School provides a space where young people and adult allies can study the work of past movements, deepen their understanding of current social problems, build new coalitions and develop strategies for change. We support new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. The Chicago Freedom School is inspired by the many freedom schools started in the 1960s in Mississippi and by local groups throughout the country to address racial inequalities in the educational system.