comer schools

Comer Schools

Definition This is an approach to restructuring the governance and practices of individual schools, initiated by psychologist James Comer in the mid-1970s. This approach hinges on Comer’s theory of how children develop and learn, and the reasons that disadvantaged, minority … Continue reading

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accelerated schools

Accelerated Schools

Definition In 1986, Stanford University introduced the concept of accelerated schools, an approach designed to create success for all students by closing the achievement gap between at-risk and mainstream children. The idea is to radically change individual schools by redesigning … Continue reading

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charter schools

Charter Schools

Definition In concept, charter schools are self-governing, publicly funded schools that the community holds accountable for the results it produces–such as student learning–rather than for their compliance with school board or government rules and regulations. A charter school operates without … Continue reading

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school organization

Total Quality Schools

Definition Total Quality schools apply the principles and practices of Total Quality Management to their administrative and instructional functions. Basic Elements When introduced in schools, the Total Quality process usually involves a combination of the following elements:

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assessment method

Portfolio Assessment

Definition Portfolio assessment provides a body of student work–essentially, a portfolio–that can be used to appraise student performance over time. Discussion Portfolio assessment ranges from portfolios that demonstrates the student’s best work to an “expanded student record” that holds a … Continue reading

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TXT Me L8r!

FYI my little 1s (3rd g8rs) just did a unit re: how 2 rite a ltr. Like, a ltr ltr. Old skool, LOL. U haf 2 start w the d8 @ the top. Nxt rite ur address. Not ur email… like @ ur house. Then ur BFF’s address 2.  U… Read More


You Majored in What?!

Graduation season is upon us, the time when we pause to celebrate the accomplishments of newly-minted degree-holders. Of course, in economic times such as these, there’s no guarantee that a new graduate, professionally green and facing unprecedented competition for jobs, will land solid employment just on the strength of a… Read More


Science Through Literature in Inner City Schools

It was very exciting – and a little intimidating – to be invited to spend a day at an inner-city high school in Los Angeles.  I have spent over a decade developing and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to teaching core concepts in science and mathematics; throwing out the traditional text… Read More

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