Common Principles for Uncommon Schools


Volume 6 | 1990 | Issue 4

What Students Say about Essential Schools: Voices students' ideas about the role that personalization plays in their learning and about how attending an Essential school affects their motivation and learning. Download PDF

Volume 6 | 1990 | Issue 3

Performance and Exhibitions: The Demonstration of Mastery: Examines performance-based assessment-what it looks like, what it measures, how it is graded, how standards can be applied; includes examples and ways to implement and evaluate them. Download PDF

Volume 6 | 1990 | Issue 2

Educational Policy and the Essential School: Explores how Essential schools have progressed in spite of apparent obstacles from state and district policies; includes a checklist for dealing with policies that conflict with Essential school principles. Download PDF

Volume 6 | 1990 | Issue 1

At the Five-Year Mark: The Challenge of Being Essential: An interview with Ted Sizer, the Coalition's founder, about what he and others at the Coalition learned the first five years' work with Essential schools. Download PDF

Volume 5 | 1989 | Issue 5

Asking the Essential Questions: Curriculum Development: Examines why curriculum should be organized around thoroughness instead of coverage, questions instead of answers; includes a guide for using essential questions in class. Download PDF

Volume 5 | 1989 | Issue 4

Scheduling the Essential School: Provides strategies schools have used to create new schedules to enhance learning; includes sample schedules from three schools. Download PDF  

Volume 5 | 1989 | Issue 3

Getting Started in an Essential School Program: Describes school start-up experiences to address such questions as, What are the first steps? Must the whole school take part? How will we find and maintain support? Download PDF

Volume 5 | 1989 | Issue 2

Teaching in the Essential School: Addresses concerns about teaching in an Essential school, particularly about becoming a "generalist" and about designing interdisciplinary assignments. Download PDF