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What I Love Most About My Small School

Caitlyn McCain | Posted 03.11.2016 | College
Caitlyn McCain

Packed lecture halls and being one in a sea of 80 or more students is a common image of a college classroom. However, at a small school like mine, Keene State College, no student is lost in the masses.

Open a Micro-School: Here's How

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

It's getting easier to open a really cool school. A new wave of tiny schools are creating options for students, parents, and educators. Micro-schools vary in size, approach, and governance.

Small School Collaborations Create Synergy for All

Gary Bonvillian | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Gary Bonvillian

It has been my own experience, in five different colleges and universities, that the small school sector may exhibit a bit more enthusiasm for reaching out to sister institutions to leverage relationships through partnership programs and collaborative enterprises.

Will President Obama Stop Supporting Corporate Reformers?

John Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Thompson

The disgusting reality that the president ignores is that true believers in competition undermined the education of children destined to be defeated in their market-driven "reforms."

Joy Resmovits

Obama Visit To New York Tech School Highlights Battle Over Closings | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama's visit on Friday to a Brooklyn public school operated in partnership with IBM puts him, perhaps unwittingly, in th...

Small NYC Schools Show Better Graduation And College Rates

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.24.2013 | New York

According to an October study from researchers at MIT and Duke, the central focus of Mayor Bloomberg's education plan - smaller schools - is showing s...

Small Schools: Miracle or Mirage?

Marc Epstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | New York
Marc Epstein

Whenever I read a Bill Gates prescription for healing our public schools or society I'm reminded of the old E.F. Hutton commercial, "When E.F. Hutton ...

Why a Smaller Private University Might Be Right for You (and a Few Reasons Why It Might Not)

Keith Wade | Posted 08.18.2012 | College
Keith Wade

You've looked around; you've talked to faculty; you've met with staff; the coach has shown you the locker room and the resident assistant has shown you the room. You love it here or you hate it here, and that's going to be the most important factor.

Students In Small Public High Schools More Likely To Graduate

| Sarah Garland | Posted 03.27.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. You might have forgotten about the small schools movement amid all the ...

A Graduation Speech to Remember

Rick Ayers | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Among the reprints of graduation speeches by famous people, I was most taken by this short speech by high school senior Gracie Mungovan which I want to share it here, with her permission.

Downtown College Prep Changes Lives

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.02.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

This San Jose high school goes out of its way to find students that were not successful in middle school. Through building relationships and hard work, each student leaves DCP college-bound.

How The 1970s Small-Schools Movement Has Stayed Alive

Mike Klonsky | Posted 07.11.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Deborah Meier is considered the founder of the modern small-schools movement. She founded the Central Park East Schools, the first of the teacher-led small schools, in East Harlem in 1974.

Inspiring, Student-Centered Educational Communities

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Donna Nevel

I am a great admirer of two educational communities in New York City -- the Bloomingdale Family Program and the Julia Richman Education Complex.

Charters and the New Version of Two-Tier Education

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Charter operators and their lobbying groups have dis-empowered teachers and turned charters into a self-interested, anti-public school, anti-union entrepreneurial venture.

For DPS, History Bites Back

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

As Denver Public Schools struggles to pursue a consistent reform strategy, the district is encountering a multitude of obstacles, including repercussions from its history of failure.

The Downside of Small Schools

Clara Hemphill | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Clara Hemphill

When the city closed large, failing high schools to make way for new small schools, thousands of students who might once have attended those large schools were diverted to the remaining large schools.