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Mission Hill School Receives Whole Child Certification

Another remarkable school received Whole Child Certification in March 2017 when the Mission Hill School in Greater Boston was recognized for its extraordinary work. Founded in 1997 by educator and author Deborah Meier, Mission Hill commands respect internationally as a place where children thrive in a small learning community that emphasizes a project-based, collaborative curriculum, […]

These New York Schools Aren’t Just Letting Kids Opt Out of Testing—They’re Giving Them an Alternative

Students in the New York Performance Standards Consortium are learning to be critical thinkers, deeply engaged in their education. By Howard Martin Katzoff Originally published in The Nation – September 11, 2015 This week, children across New York State will exchange the freedom of summer for work sheets, rubrics, and minute-to-minute daily schedules posted on the […]

ESSA: NCLB Repackaged

By Stan Karp Originally published in Rethinking Schools, Volume 30 No.3 – Spring 2016 In December 2015, after years of gridlock and waivers, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the nation’s main federal education law, under the title “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was officially buried, though hardly mourned. […]

A Parents’ Guide Beyond Opting Out

by Christopher Nye To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. —Buckminster Fuller School should not be mass production. It needs to be loving and close. That is what kids need. You need love to learn. —a student at Vanguard High School in New York City In testimony before a New […]

First School Becomes Whole Child Certified

Garcia Elementary School in Pharr, Texas is the first school in the nation to complete the process to be come a Whole Child Certified School.

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