Posts Categorized: Blogs

To Kill A Mockingbird & Black Lives Matter

My volume of Harper Lee’s first written novel, Go Set a Watchmen, recently arrived. Like so many, I am conflicted about whether or not to read it.  I’ve heard that Atticus Finch is not quite the perfect human being I imagined him.   For me, heroes are few and far between, and I would be very… Read more »

Happiness In Schools!

Happiness in Schools Today, Friday March 20, is ‘International Happiness Day’.  In celebration and solidarity with the event, I would like to advocate for adopting happiness as a legitimate goal in our nation’s public schools.  I know this is a controversial wish. Not so much with parents. What parent doesn’t want their child to be happy?… Read more »

Towards A Discussion of SRI Critical Friendship

On January 14-17, 2015 hundreds of educators descended upon Tucson, AZ to discuss together student and teacher work – publicly and collaboratively – using SRI Critical Friendship protocols and facilitation.  City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School (University and Downtown) hosted that year’s ‘Winter Meeting’ of the School Reform Initiative (the premier organization promoting SRI Critical… Read more »

Social Justice at Paulo Freire Freedom School

From the outset, both Paulo Freire Freedom Schools have professed a curricular focus on social justice and environmental sustainability.  When asked to elaborate on what that means we explain that it does not mean a separate course of study on either of those topics, but that they are themes of inquiry that are threaded throughout… Read more »

The Teachers Are Watching (or should be)

Wow! Who knew that the answer to the question of what to do with our schools lies with our students’ experience of those schools? Last week Grant Wiggins posted a blog written by an Instructional Coach who followed two students for two days and then wrote about it. Most notably she became aware of how… Read more »

Fall Break – Time For Sleeping and Exercise!

Fall Break is almost here and thank goodness.  Its been over two months since we started school and although it has been a great start, and while we have just completed an inspiring set of Intersessions, I know everyone is beyond ready for a week of rest and relaxation.  My words of wisdom to all… Read more »

PBL To Start A School

One of the questions I get when I help teachers think about how to incorporate project based learning (“PBL”) in their classrooms has to do with how to get started. Unless you are teaching in a school that has made a campus-wide commitment to PBL, it is likely that at the beginning of the year… Read more »

Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown Opens!

You only get a first day of a school once. So much preparation, hopes and dreams go into planning for a new school and the next thing you know you have kids skipping, shuffling, marching, dragging themselves through your doors like some sort of updated Breakfast Club montage. After 9 years with Paulo Freire Freedom… Read more »

Now Is The Time To Sleep (a little bit earlier)

School is just a couple of weeks away and if your young person is anything like my  two growing up, their summer sleeping habits have shifted later and later.  Rather than have them experience the shock to their system of getting up early for school, why not start now and try to retrain them to… Read more »

Advisories Are Essential

School is only a few weeks away so we will be sending home our advisory letters shortly.  Any student new to Paulo Freire Freedom School gets a letter from his/her advisor welcoming them to our school and scheduling a “get to know each other” meeting before school starts.  During that time advisors can answer questions, address concerns and it gives our families… Read more »