Common Principles for Uncommon Schools

Horace Linda Nathan

Creating Equity from the Ground Up

Boston Arts Academy is the city’s first public high school for the visual and performing arts. The Arts Academy is committed to a rigorous academic and arts education for students who are eager to think creatively and independently, to question, and to take risks within a college preparatory program. As a pilot school within the Boston Public Schools, the Arts

Horace: Linda Nathan Published: September 10, 2003 By: Linda Nathan Topics: Heterogeneous Grouping, Learning Structures

Teachers Talking Together: The Power of Professional Community

Schools that encourage teachers to do excellent work, as Boston Arts Academy (BAA) does, are “professional learning communities.” A professional learning community exists when the entire faculty and staff, including the administration, work together towards a shared set of standards and assessments that are known to everyone, including the students. Such a school is a learning environment not only for

Horace: Linda Nathan Published: April 14, 2008 By: Linda Nathan Topics: Learning Structures, Small Learning Communities