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ERIC Number: EJ764570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0574
Who We Are--and How It Translates into What We Do
Schrader, Teri
Journal of Education, v185 n2 p19-26 2004
In this article, the author profiles the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, Massachusetts. Parker School opened its doors in September 1995 after a year of planning by its founders and prospective members of the community. It began with 120 students in grades seven and eight, and now, ten years later, enrolls 368 students in grades 7 through 12. When the founders set out to create the school, many parents eagerly joined the growing conversation about what it would mean not only to send their children forward into an experiment, but to take part in its creation. The first known thing about Parker is that it is a Coalition of Essential Schools, which were founded by Dr. Theodore Sizer. As a Coalition School, Parker invokes the Ten Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools, which are the basis for the school's charter. The Ten Common Principles provide a sturdy philosophical framework for the school's best thinking, but they are not intended to be a roadmap--the school's administrators cannot simply consult them and immediately know how to proceed. The principles intentionally leave room for school communities to interpret and apply them, to make them work in a particular school. This has enabled Parker School to develop a deep sense of identity despite the youth of the school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts