What is the past, present and future of progressive education?
Sunday, October 16, 2011
What do well-funded schools look like?
Below are a few things we could do to create well-funded, dynamic and engaging schools. What would you add, take away or modify?
Create smaller class size; I don't care what the research says, I just know I can be more effective when I can know fewer students more deeply. Right now, I have 125-145 students, depending on the day. When I taught at an independent school, I had about 60-80 students/day.
Build and maintain beautiful school facilities with a fully funded library, computer centers (or 1:1 laptops as needed), resplendent arts studios and athletic programs, well-funded class trips, and access to green space. These sorts of things already happens in some schools, but it sometimes means we create privilege rather than cultivate democracy.
Have healthy, sustainable and tasty lunch programs - free to all, including faculty and staff.
Foster flexible teacher leadership so that individuals can have one foot firmly in the classroom (with benefits) and another foot in research-world (for policy, curriculum studies, or professional development). Each school would formally have at least 1 such teacher leadership position for every 10 teachers, and the capacity for other positions to be created.