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Keeping it Real: When the Community Becomes the Classroom

Posted March 16, 2011 | 14:33:14 (EST)

One thing we've learned from working with teenagers at Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) is that they have a strong desire to understand why they should learn something. "Is this going to be on the test?" "Is this going to be graded?" Or on a deeper level, "Does this have...

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How to Find, Support, and Keep Good Teachers: A Recipe for Success

Posted January 11, 2011 | 12:20:35 (EST)

In our last blog, we introduced our Little Engine That Could -- Environmental Charter Schools (ECS), a small charter school network in south Los Angeles -- where we have seen tremendous student outcomes. We explained how the success at our first school, Environmental Charter High School (ECHS), has really been...

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And the Silver Bullet Is... Hard Work

Posted November 4, 2010 | 21:28:50 (EST)

Ten years ago, we were in the midst of opening a charter school in south Los Angeles- Environmental Charter High School. We worked day and night for two years to secure the charter, prepare the facility, recruit students and staff, and develop the curriculum. Our friends wondered why we had...

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