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Gokce, Diana Kodner; O'Brien, Dana; Wilson, Lizanne – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
In the fall of 2010 the faculty of Baker Demonstration School began a yearlong exploration of the question "How do we know what children know?" At that time, three teacher colleagues already had entered upon a collaborative project integrating music and drama with a unit of study in the second and third grades. They decided to carefully…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Cooperation, Music, Drama
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Wallenstein, Roger – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
The focus of the achievement gap seems to be less about racial and ethnic distinctions and more about disparities in socioeconomic status. Students from affluent and secure backgrounds have a running head start on students mired in poverty. Few young people in the United States live in more challenging conditions than the children of the eastern…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Standardized Tests, Elementary School Students
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Stephenson, Caroline – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
In this essay, filmmaker and educator Caroline Stephenson tells how Hurricane Irene started her on a journey to make a documentary about Rosenwald Schools in her native Hertford County, North Carolina. After many years working as an assistant director in Los Angeles on films and television shows, Stephenson moved back to the family farm to raise…
Descriptors: African Americans, African American Culture, Alumni, School Buildings
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Bensinger, Samantha – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
In this essay, a high school senior reflects on her educational experience as a journey beginning with her difficult decision to stay at Francis W. Parker School for high school and ending with her current search for a college where she can continue to explore the nature of education. Her narrative focuses on her experience in an elective course…
Descriptors: College Admission, Independent Study, Foreign Countries, Democracy
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Friend, Nina – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
At the end of the 2011-12 version of the project course Schools Across Borders, Schools Across Time (SABSAT), a high school senior wrote a series of letters reflecting on the experience of participating in an unusual course with an unusual outcome. In the letters, the student wanted to evoke what was personal and what was critical--to herself, her…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, High Schools, Workshops, Progressive Education
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Tyner-Mullings, Alia R. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
This article connects the theoretical perspective of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed with the teaching and learning styles of teachers and students at Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS) in East Harlem, New York. It examines some of the ways the Freireian model has worked within the public school system and considers some of the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Small Schools, Instruction, Cognitive Style
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Ayers, William C.; Schubert, William H. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
This dialogue is an edited version of a dialogue between William C. Ayers and William H. Schubert at the November 10-12, 2011, meeting of the Progressive Education Network hosted by the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Illinois. It was the opening keynote session on the evening of November 10. Ayers interviewed Schubert, who acted as John…
Descriptors: Democracy, Social Action, Progressive Education, Educational Change
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Smith, Grinell – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
This article is about storytelling. In an effort to open opportunities similar to what we experienced while we were in school, many among the education professorate seem to have adopted well-used and familiar "academic" models of seminar instruction virtually unaltered from their experiences as graduate students. One suspects, however,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Education
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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Regrettably, accountability has largely come to mean suffering externally imposed consequences if results on simplistic, reductive measures of success are not met. Just as worrisome, this notion of accountability is internalized, deemed inevitable, and trivializes our understanding of moral accountability. This essay is an attempt to posit an…
Descriptors: Accountability, Perspective Taking, Friendship, Role
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Guccione, Lindsey M. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Many school districts are moving to scripted programs in hopes of improving standardized test scores because of pressure from state and federal governments, particularly in low-income, bilingual, and low-performing schools. However, the relational side of education is an essential consideration, and it can be linked not only to proficiency on…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Standardized Tests, Teaching Methods, Bilingualism
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Barr, Jeanne; Bigelow, Andrew; Elliott, Shanti; Kaplan, Andy; Laufer, Matt; Mahany, Mike – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Six teachers reflect on the meanings of a ritual of confession, sharing, and forgiveness during a school retreat. During a night of great honesty and integrity, students spoke to each other of their lives, their choices, their regrets, their wishes, and, above all, their love. During that evening, four students came out to their classmates and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Integrity, Group Dynamics, Adult Education
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Figa, Hannah; Friend, Nina; Turner, Mariel; Wiebe, Lauren – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Four students reflect on the meanings of a ritual of confession, sharing, and forgiveness during a school retreat. During a night of great honesty and integrity, students spoke to each other of their lives, their choices, their regrets, their wishes, and above all, their love. During that evening, four students came out to their classmates and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Problems, Integrity, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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Kimbrell, Sinead – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
The associate director of education at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago recounts her learning and teaching through managing the Movement as Partnership program. Included are detailed descriptions of encounters with teachers and students as they create choreography reflective of their inquiry into integrating dance and literacy arts curriculum in the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Movement Education, Partnerships in Education, Dance
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Tieman, John Samuel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
This essay is an open letter from a classroom teacher to a concerned citizen. The letter lists a variety of problems caused largely by standardization and the more corrosive effects of positivism. Many of these problems are unknown to those outside the immediate school setting. While the letter focuses on a specific setting, an inner city school…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Standards, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Cooke, Flora J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Is it better to aim at a high ideal, with only moderate success in attainment, or is it better to be satisfied with a lower goal, one involving less effort and little responsibility? This is the question which pupils in upper grades and high school face every year. There are always some members of every class who seek the best things. They desire…
Descriptors: School Administration, High School Students, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Styles
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