• Bridging Differences

    In Bridging Differences
    Deborah exchanges views with a different colleague, each for a month or two.  Her current correspondent is Harry Boyte, a Minnesotan (although his roots are southern). He has always been a friend and mentor, even though we come to stuff in different ways and even disagree on and off. He is a professor and an activist, a theorist and a practitioner, with a focus on democracy—beginning a long time ago when he worked with Martin Luther King. He has written or edited ten books on the topic and founded a Center on
    democracy which is now at St Augsberg College, but formerly at the University of Minnesota.  

  • Where I’ll Be

    Dec 1-3, 2016 Fall Forum Coalition of Essential Schools: Providence, Rhode Island

  • Network for Public Education

  • Good Morning Mission Hill

    For information on showings or purchasing the video Good Morning Mission Hill
  • Central Park East Elementary School

  • Twitter Updates


Recommended Links

Organizations / Schools / Blogs & Websites



Alliance for Childhood
“The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. Our public education campaigns bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood. We act for the sake of the children themselves and for a more just, democratic, and ecologically responsible future.”

Apprenticeship Leaning
“Apprentice Learning is an educational program for middle-school students that offers exposure to the culture of work through short apprenticeships. Students work alongside adults and gain practical skills and insights needed to be successful in the workplace and in life.”

Center for Collaborative Education
“The mission of the CCE is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed. We believe that schools should prepare every student to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to a democratic society. CCE partners with public schools and districts to create and sustain effective and equitable schools.”

Coalition for Essential Schools
“CES strives to create and sustain a network of personalized, equitable, and intellectually challenging schools.”

Empowered By Play
“Helping families and teachers protect and promote imaginative play in our way-too-busy, consumer-driven, media-filled world.”

“The National Center for Fair & Open Testing works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.”

The Forum for Education and Democracy
“The Forum for Education and Democracy is devoted to supporting educational policies and practices that prepare the young for a life of active and engaged citizenship.”

Going Public
“…a site for those who believe, as we do, that public education is the heart of our democracy. Our public schools are the last place where people from different classes and different walks of life come together to learn, to share ideas, and to be afforded a fair opportunity to reach for the American dream. “

In Defense of Childhood
“A campaign to restore creative play and hands-on learning to preschools and kindergartens.
A project of New York Voices of Childhood and the Alliance for Childhood”

Meier Institute
“The Institute will devote its work to promoting and expanding Deborah Meier’s educational ideas, as embodied in her speeches, writings, and her work at the Central Park East Elementary and Secondary Schools in NYC and Boston’s Mission Hill School.”

On the Earth Productions
“On the Earth Productions is a media production company that is dedicated to informing the public about important ethical, environmental and political issues that affect our every-day lives.”

Parents for Public Schools
“Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is a national organization of community-based chapters working with public school parents and other supporters to improve and strengthen local public schools. We believe that quality public education is vital to our democracy and to America’s future.”


(that have websites)

Central Park East Elementary School
New York, NY

Landmark High School
New York, NY

June Jordan School for Equity (High School) – GENERIC
San Francisco, CA

MetWest HIgh School
Oakland California

Mission Hill School (K-8)
Boston, MA

New Day Academy (6th-12th)
New York, NY

Urban Academy (High School)
New York, NY

Vanguard High School
New York, NY



Alfie Kohn
Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting.

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice (blog)
Educational historian, former high school social studies teacher), district superintendent, and university professor.

Learning is Messy (Blog)
“Brian Crosby an elementary teacher for 27 years, teaches grades 4, 5 and 6 in Sparks, Nevada, and has infused technology into teaching since the 1980’s. While piloting a 1:1 laptop program, students in his class utilize many Web 2.0 tools including Skype, Flickr, blogs and wikis.”

Mike Klonsky of the Small Schools Workshop (Blog)
Blog: “Sharing some ideas about public education reform, small schools, and ed-politics in general”

Nicholas Meier
Professor of Education
Commentary, education books bibliography and links on progressive and bilingual/multicultural education and politics

Mike Rose Blog
Nationally recognized American education scholar. noted for his significant contribution to the study of literacy and for his insights into the struggles of working-class America.

TeacherKen (Blog)
from a public HS teacher (Gov’t, Religion, Soc. Issues), who is eclectic (Dem-leaning) politically and Quaker (& open) on everything else. Hope you enjoy what you find here.

Teaching & Learning EdBlog
“Your connection to professional development from New York public television”

Education by Numbers: The Tyranny of Testing (blog)
From England: “What do improving exam statistics really mean?
What effects are targets and league tables having on education? These are some of the questions which Education by Numbers: the Tyranny of Testing seeks to answer.”

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