Give them power and they will stay

By Les Harrison • Dec 05, 2023

An educator’s perspective on teacher-powered schools The vast majority of teachers go into education because they want to postively impact young people’s lives. This enthusiasm is often dampened by unrealistic […]

Student Empowered School via Town Hall

By Maggie McHugh • Feb 23, 2023

It’s a Friday afternoon. Normally, students are abuzz, packing up at the end of the day, chatting about weekend plans, waiting impatiently for the clock to hit 3:00. Not this […]

Teacher Evaluation Reimagined

By Greg Fisher • Feb 16, 2023

This is the second of a two-part set of articles on Teacher Evaluation. See the first entry here. Contact Greg Fisher at Is there more than one way to design […]

Teacher evaluation can (and should) be way more meaningful

By Greg Fisher • Jan 26, 2023

Peer observation and collaboration succeed where top-down reforms fail. This is the first of a two-part set of articles on Teacher Evaluation. Contact Greg Fisher at Teacher Evaluation is at […]

A Letter to Madam Tracy Lake

By Paula Zwicke • Sep 09, 2022

Cultivating creative, curious learners outdoors at a teacher-powered school Sometimes, people give up on kids. I have twenty of them in my little school, Class ACT. We call it a […]

In teacher-powered schools, many hands move ideas forward

How a school run on shared decision-making demands an all-in approach

By Kevin Ward, teacher-advisor, Avalon School • Apr 28, 2022

A student meets with their teacher-advisor at Avalon. “How’s that working out for you?” Any time I explain to anyone in traditional public schools how Avalon School — where I’ve […]

Is a change in schooling just too obvious?

By Curtis Johnson • May 21, 2021

Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages The lessons of the pandemic start with the inadequate attempt by too many schools at remote learning for kids. Parents saw, many for the […]