The Coolest School in America: How Small Learning Communities are Changing Everything, Chapter 6

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Learn about the Minnesota New Country School, where teachers have control of the learning program, the hiring and retention of personnel, and are responsible for the success of the school.

Amazon.com describes The Coolest School in America by Doug Thomas, Walter Enloe, and Ron Newell:

Imagine a school with no classrooms, bells, or textbooks, where students work at their own pace, are not graded, and are able to decide what to study. Have you ever heard of a school where teachers have control of the learning program, the hiring and retention of personnel, and are responsible for the success of the school? This book, based on a little school in a rural town of Minnesota, describes the creation and development of learning communities that are changing the conversation about what schools can be and do.

The book is divided into three sections:

  1. The founding of the Minnesota New Country School, a world-renowned small learning community that created a student and teacher ownership model that is being replicated;
  2. Collected essays by extended community members, contributing consultants, and interested parties that have been influenced by and have influenced the development of new learning communities based on the model; and
  3. Results from some of these learning communities.

This book is for teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, or any educator interested in taking reform to another level.