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Knecht, Douglas R. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2019
This article describes the evolution of a theoretical model of school quality drawn from my experiences teaching at different schools, pursuing graduate studies, leading district policy and support networks, and partnering with school systems, as I presently do at Bank Street College of Education. The model positions schools as the key lever for…
Descriptors: Beliefs, School Culture, Instruction, Educational Quality
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Seher, Rachel; Traugh, Cecelia; Cheng, Alan – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
This article shows how City-As-School, a progressive public school in New York City, used descriptive inquiry to deepen shared decision making, which is a central value of the school and part of a democratic way of life. Descriptive inquiry is a democratic knowledge-making process that was developed at the Prospect School in North Bennington,…
Descriptors: Participative Decision Making, Public Schools, Teacher Leadership, Inquiry
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Knecht, Douglas R. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Given the current challenges facing our democracy in the United States, the role of public schools in forming habits of democratic practice in our citizenry is as important today as ever. To explore this urgent topic, the author interviewed 13 leaders of 10 New York City public schools committed to educating for and with democracy. Six patterns of…
Descriptors: Democracy, Public Schools, Empathy, Inclusion
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
This article is an inquiry into the work of educators at the James Baldwin School (JBS), a New York City public school with an explicit commitment to democracy in its mission and core values. The author was founding principal at JBS for the first six years, has stayed in touch, and recently went back to talk with faculty about how their work has…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Governance, Democratic Values, Public Schools