Cycles of Inquiry and Action: This issue examines questions of inquiry at Essential schools. CES educators share stories of asking questions and investigating answers through using data for whole-school evaluation, classroom formative assessment, and coaching for instructional improvement. Download PDF
Education and Democracy: This issue looks at civic engagement to understand the ways that educators, students, and communities that support schools involve themselves in politics and policy creation to create and sustain personalized, equitable, and academically challenging schools for all students. Download PDF
Wellness and the Mind-Body Connection: This issue investigates the connections between mind, body, and learning, focusing on topics such as food and nutrition, the role of play in learning and schools, organized sports, wellness, personal fitness, care of the self, time spent outdoors, meditation, spiritual practices, and attention to emotional and psychological needs. Download PDF
Lifecycles of Educators: Essential School Staff Development: This issue examines the career directions of Essential school teachers and education leaders, focusing on professional learning communities to address the challenge of developing the capacity of educators and administrators to sustain success, create improvement, and start new schools.