Volume 24, No.1 - Fall 2009

Volume 24, No.1 - Fall 2009
Cover Theme: SCHOOL LEADERSHIP IN TOUGH TIMES
It takes more than a brilliant teacher or two to ensure that our youth leave school with the skills, confidence, and critical consciousness to be productive and thoughtful participants in the world. It takes vibrant school communities with strong, visionary leadership. The fall issue of Rethinking Schools shines a light on the possibilities when principals and superintendents buck the trend toward testing and standardization:

Another Path is Possible: Two Chicago Principals Keep an eye on What Matters

Two neighborhood schools find their way, thriving on collaboration and commitment to a shared vision. By the author of Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students.

Another Path is Possible: Two Chicago Principals Keep an eye on What Matters

Big City Superintendents: Dictatorship or Democracy? Lessons from Paulo Freire

Did you know Paulo Freire was once superintendent of schools in São Paulo, Brazil? Rethinking Schools editor and 5th grade teacher Bob Peterson describes how the world-famous author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed put his theories into practice in a poverty-stricken urban school district.

Big City Superintendents: Dictatorship or Democracy? Lessons from Paulo Freire
Features

Where Is Our Community Organizer-in-Chief?

There is a disturbing overlap between Obamas educational policies and those of George W. Bush. The nations schools dont need an entrepreneur-in-chief; we need national leadership that supports critical thinking, educating the whole child, and democratic participation from the ground up.

Where Is Our Community Organizer-in-Chief?

Trolling For Stories: Lessons from Our Lives

Editor’s note: This article is a chapter in Linda Christensen’s new Rethinking Schools book, Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-imagining the Language Arts Classroom. If you are inspired by this article to troll for stories, the book includes student examples and additional materials.

Trolling For Stories: Lessons from Our Lives

Exile Has Its Place: A High School Principal Reflects on School Discipline

Exile Has Its Place: A High School Principal Reflects on School Discipline

Stenciling Dissent: A Student project Draws on the Language of the Street

Political graffiti engages students in the history of protest for social justice

Political graffiti engages students in the history of protest for social justice.

Stenciling Dissent: A Student project Draws on the Language of the Street

The Debate Over Differentiated Pay: The Devil is in the Details

These days everyone has an opinion about how teachers should get paid. Investigative reporter Barbara Miner goes beyond the rhetoric to explore trends and conflicting perspectives on alternative pay structures.

The Debate Over Differentiated Pay: The Devil is in the Details