December 30, 2005

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools of Amer.jpg Magnet Schools of America provide a wealth of background, history, examples, research and rationale for thematic or magnet schools. For instance, there are 14 elementary and secondary schools under the International Studies group and 79 magnet schools under Fine and Performing Arts. Each of these have links for further info.

They list as rationale for magnet schools:
-that all students do not learn in the same ways;
-that if we take advantage of a studentís interest and aptitude, that student will do better in subjects unrelated to his/her reasons for choosing the school;
-that choice itself will result in improved satisfaction that translates into better achievement;
-that every child can learn and it is our job to offer enough options so that parents of all children (or students themselves) will have the opportunity to choose the programs best suited to them.

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May 01, 2005

21st Century Schools Project

The 21st Century Schools Project of the Progessive Policy Institute develops public policies to address systemic educational inequities and modernize the industrial-era, factory model of American public education and redefine it through a system premised on universal access, public sector choice and customization, common academic standards, and accountability for results. The project sponsors research and conferences; publishes papers, articles, and a free bimonthly newsletter; and advises national, state, and local policymakers. Recently, the project's work has specifically focused on improving teacher quality, public charter schools and public school choice, special education, and reforming the federal role in education.

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November 01, 2004

How to Change Schools

Ted Kolderie's new book, Creating the Capacity for Change: How and Why Governors and Legislatures Are Opening a New School Sector in Public Education calls into question the assumption that the country can create the schools it wants by changing the schools it has. He says making incremental changes will not produce new schools. It never has in the past and the forces of status quo will prevent it in the future. The answer: start over with brand-new schools. It's the only way to get the schools we want for the 21st-century.

The book is free while supplies last by e-mailing the author at or downloading it online from the Education Evolving website, which has much interesting reading.


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October 21, 2003

Evaluating New Schools

A new report by Ted Kolderie is a real breakthrough on the topic of a fair and balanced approach to evaluating new schools. Though the title of the report, Evaluating Chartering, addresses charter schools, its points pertain to evaluating all types of alternatives. The report is from a thoughtful organization, Education Evolving. The report is brief and well-worth reading.


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