poster_imgIt’s now 2016, the start of CES’s  Year of Demonstration, As the year unfolds, we will explore the ways that the ideas behind CES have driven important and enduring improvements in public education. We will feature schools, educational networks, leaders, and others that attribute their vision and impact to the Common Principles. We will share powerful words, images, and milestones from CES’s history. And we will ask you, your colleagues, and your students to lend your stories to this demonstration of the power of the Common Principles.

The CES Year of Demonstration includes four key components: publishing, communicating, joining, and meeting.

Publishing We will update this site to feature original content created by influential educators and thinkers associated with CES. We will share an expanded catalogue of resources, including improved and additional issues of Horace, our former quarterly journal. We also invite you, your colleagues, and your students to contribute your words and images through our Call for Progressive Voices from Schools. We will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis; March 31, 2016 is the deadline for the first round of submissions.

Communicating We’re sending out twice-monthly email newsletters that will share pieces from educational leaders, schools, and educational networks that have their origins in CES, as well as news and updates about the Year of Demonstration as it unfolds. Not on the list? Sign up now to connect to CES.

Joining In order to ensure we’re connecting essential resources to as many schools and organizations as possible, we’re making CES membership more valuable. Affiliation with CES will shift in 2016-2017 to include more detailed information about CES-affiliated schools and organizations so that they can post job openings, find and share professional development opportunities, and benefit from professional learning and support that aligns with the Common Principles. Affiliation benefits also include discounts on Fall Forum registration and CES merchandise. Affiliation for 2016-17 will open on April 4, 2016.

Meeting On December 2 and 3, 2016, CES will hold an extraordinary final national gathering in Providence, Rhode Island, where CES was founded. At this final Fall Forum, we will share what we have learned, what we have done, and what we all will do next to create and sustain outstanding schools for every child. Fall Forum 2016 will be a unique networking and professional learning opportunity to help you find the resources and support you need to develop practices and policies informed by the Common Principles. We will open Fall Forum 2016 registration on April 4, 2016.