Respect and Fulfillment

Education friends, CCSD friends: Of the many issues I care about in public education, including effective and thriving integrated schools and community engagement and support of our schools, none is more critical than that our teachers are respected and fulfilled in their profession. And that is why I share this piece about a recent poll … Continue reading Respect and Fulfillment

COMMUNITY Schools are What Work

Athens/CCSD friends: a couple of days ago I posted a long list of local organizations that do great community schools work inviting people to mention ones in the comments that I would inevitably omit or forget-- so many people did. Somehow my UPDATE ended up as a DELETE and damn, the thing has disappeared. So … Continue reading COMMUNITY Schools are What Work

Teachers are Not the Problem with Clarke County Schools

Several years ago, a wise principal told me, “You know, the real problem is that teachers have less and less control over what goes on in their classroom, but more and more responsibility for the results.” (“Results,” of course, meant standardized test score results.) That was right about the time I started noticing how many … Continue reading Teachers are Not the Problem with Clarke County Schools

Colm Toibin visits Clarke Central HS: A somewhat extraordinary hour of high school on an otherwise ordinary day

In this post, an Athens resident describes a recent event that occurred at Clarke Central High School. Famed Irish writer Colm Toibin visited and engaged with students, not the usual activity on a regular school day but one that captures some of the extraordinary things that happen in this school district. Our town was just … Continue reading Colm Toibin visits Clarke Central HS: A somewhat extraordinary hour of high school on an otherwise ordinary day