Graduating From High School With Great Work Habits

Published by EducationNews.org — At this school students take ownership of their behavior as well as their learning. “Aaaaah, someone let the chickens out.” Melissa Hall, Vice Principal of Greene Charter School in W. Greenwich, RI, has been keeping an eye out the window behind her desk while she and others were answering my questions.  A […]

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Expeditionary Learning – Journeying Through Compelling Content

Published by EducationNews.org – Expeditionary Learning is a project-based educational approach that takes students on intellectual voyages. Open since 2010, Greene Charter School in West Greenwich, RI, is one of a network of a large and growing network of “Expeditionary Learning” (EL) schools. “Expeditionary learning” sounds deliciously exotic, like maybe what Marco Polo was doing or Dr. Livingston on […]

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Determined Parents Start A School For Atypical Kids

Published by EducationNews.org — The schools available to these parents’ kids were maddeningly non-responsive. Dr. Amy Pratt looks me dead in the eye when she says, “The Greene Charter School would not exist if it weren’t for me and the parents.”  Christa Andrews, another co-founding-Board member of Greene, looks a little exhausted from it all, but […]

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Common Core Math Expectations Are Only A Baseline

Published by EducationNews.org – There’s surprisingly little controversy over the meaning of “college-ready math.”  Ready for which college? We’re going to discuss Common Core today, so take a chill pill.  I’m not saying CC presents nothing to be upset about, but getting upset just clouds clear thinking. CC is by no means perfect, but it’s not […]

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It Takes Guts To Depict A Healthy, Happy Childhood

Published by EducationNews.org – This film’s 1950s vision of heaven for children’s play is as relevant today as it was when it was made. Medieval storytellers and play-masters always faced the huge problem that Evil was so much more fun to portray than Good.  Devils often made their entrance from the back of the audience, […]

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The Education Non-System Sets Kids Up for Failure

Published by EducationNews.org — Educators at different levels are not talking to one another, hence a huge disconnect between high school and college. While debates about standards still burn out of control, “readiness” has become a hot topic.  Wherever the standard or benchmark lies, what does a kid need to be ready to meet it?  […]

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Stranded in the Land of Over-Stimulated Kids

Published by EducationNews.org –  Sometimes the grand adventure of making fun family memories turns to trauma. My husband and I were supposed to transfer planes on January 5th, just after a storm and before the super-freeze — a fatefully bad day for travel.  The Orlando airport teemed with children, which is not surprising since it’s the […]

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