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The Crafting of America's Schools: The Power of Localism

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Find out what Ted Sizer, America's preeminent crusader says about the current movement toward "nationalizing" the American school system. The call for national standards and tests has created a major debate in our country over who should be setting the educational agenda and what should be taught in our nation's schools.

Join Ted Sizer and members of the Coalition of Essential Schools as they outline a process to help communities take local responsibility for their schools. Viewers will go inside three notably successful and innovative schools-- Noble High School, Berwick, ME; O'Farrell Community School, San Diego, CA; and Fenway Middle College High School, Boston, MA-- as they transform curriculum, assessment, and instructional practice at the local level.

In this video, Sizer addresses:

  • Standards
  • Assessment
  • Choice
  • Charter schools
  • National vs. local control

 The viewer will: 

  • Be introduced to the concept of localism by Ted Sizer, the founder of the Coalition of Essential schools
  • Understand the need for each school to reflect its own community in their quest for excellence
  • Hear compelling arguments about increasing quality through local design which puts the decisions for educational programming in the hands of those closest to the students
  • Understand the rationale for charter schools and how they should operate
  • Visit three innovative schools to better understand how local responsibility fosters the highest quality of education

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National Professional Resources (NPR, Inc.) has been a leader in the field of education publishing since 1968. Founded and operated by educators with a deep commitment to the success of all learners, our mission is to provide teachers, administrators, and other school staff with quality tools and resources that will better enable them to help every student achieve success. To this end, we publish books, quick-reference laminated guides, and produce videos by leading voices in the field of education. We also carry thousands of the most in-demand educational resources from other leading publishers and producers, including material for parents and students.

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