Monthly Archives: July 2013

Beginning the School Year: Building a Strong Social and Emotional Foundation

Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill Chapter 2: Beginning the Year Dear readers, As you will see in chapter two of A Year at Mission Hill, at the beginning of the school year the teachers … Continue reading

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From the filmmakers of A Year at Mission Hill

Dear Bill and Melinda, We filmed this school because we think education does need to be reformed, but not the way the current version is trying to reform it. Instead of more tests and more standardization, we’d like to see … Continue reading

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Skills go far beyond reading and mathematics

In response to Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill, chapter 1. Dear Bill and Melinda, This is the kind of school parents want for their children…a place where they can learn in an environment of … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Dear readers, A Year at Mission Hill is an exciting 10-part video series that captures the stories of a single K-8 school community in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, MA (Note: since filming, the school has moved to Jamaica Plain). … Continue reading

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“What is the ranking of my child?”

Dear Bill and Melinda, “What is the ranking of my child?” This is a pretty common question that teachers get at parent-teacher conferences. It seems like a simple question that would result in a simple answer or number. And herein … Continue reading

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Here’s an idea, what if every school adopted a dual career and college readiness mandate?

Dear Bill, The Common Core’s emphasis on independent mastery of complex informational text puts weaker and learning disabled readers at a severe disadvantage. The Common Core also presumes that the information our students will need to analyze and interpret in … Continue reading

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Texas has already begun to catch-on. When will you?

 Race to the Top? “We would be foolish and irresponsible to place our children’s future in the hands of unelected bureaucrats and special interest groups thousands of miles away in Washington.” – Governor Rick Perry Mr. and Mrs. Gates, As … Continue reading

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