Common Principles for Uncommon Schools

Horace Volume 13 | 1997

Volume 13 | 1997 | Issue 5

What Makes an Elementary School 'Essential'?: Looks at what is drawing elementary schools into the Coalition and how the nine Common Principles play out in a younger setting, especially regarding curriculum, assessment and personalization. Download PDF

Volume 13 | 1997 | Issue 4

Essential Leadership in the School Change Process: Considers what it takes to lead a school through change and offers suggestions and experiences that have helped Essential school leaders find a balance between promoting change and supporting those who are going through it. Download PDF

Volume 13 | 1997 | Issue 3

Why Small Schools Are EssentialSmall schools do better across the board at knowing students well, keeping their work meaningful, and joining with others in collaborative communities. In the push toward higher student achievement, how can we bring their successes into the large schools most of our students attend?

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Volume 13 | 1997 | Issue 2

Looking Collaboratively at Student Work: An Essential Toolkit: Explores how loking closely at student work together can help school commuities reflect upon their educational purpose, assess their progress as a school and plan strategies for serving all students better. Download PDF

Volume 13 | 1997 | Issue 1

Networks and Essential Schools: How Trust Advances Learning: Shows how building relationships within and across schools can profoundly shift the culture of schooling to one in which teachers create new ways to share and examine their work and to hold themselves to higher standards. Download PDF