Creating Smart School Systems – EDWEEK Live Chat Today

18 06 2007

JJ would like to point out that these so-called smart school system relationships with the real world, sound an awful lot like our creative home education networks! Maybe I should submit a question about that, hmmm . . . LIVE CHAT “Creating Smart School Systems”
When: Monday, June 18, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern Time


Submit questions in advance here.

Please join us for a live chat with Robert Rothman, the editor of City Schools: How Districts and Communities Can Create Smart Education Systems, a new book from Harvard Education Press.

In City Schools, Mr. Rothman and his colleagues at the Annenberg Institute explore “smart education systems” in a series of essays. Smart systems, the writers argue, link highly effective school districts with a comprehensive web of supports for children, youth, and families. The book draws from dozens of real-world examples and shows how school officials can develop relationships with cultural institutions, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to help urban students learn and achieve.

On Monday, Mr. Rothman will answer your questions about the challenges facing city schools and the steps urban school officials can take to create “smart” systems.

Please join us for the discussion.

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Doc’s Seventh Country Fair Is Open!

18 06 2007

A veritable carnival of diversity for the home education community, and never mind that carnival comes from eating meat, even vegetarians and vegans are welcome on the midway — see how broadminded we are??

Snook has a side show booth about educational environments and creating healthier “ecologies” for learning rather than continuing to pollute our kids’ hearts and minds with corporate waste particulates. Rolfe Schmidt’s thrilling roller coaster of a discussion about homeschooling as a radical act is there, too (surprise, Rolfe, you’ve hit the bigtop now!)

Oh, I mixed my carnival and circus metaphors, didn’t I? Well never mind, I blend and mix and match, no separate-but-equal artifice — here OR at the new Country Fair. Y’all come!