A charter school teacher on what works.
I have been disappointed in how the charter debate—the next great thing! the worst thing ever!—obscures what to me is the most important question: What makes successful charter schools successful, and how can those pieces be incorporated in regular public schools that need to improve? The journalism on this is lacking, which is why I was glad to read this post from a teacher at the SEED School in Washington, D.C., on Valerie Strauss’s Answer Sheet blog. Dan Brown points to specific approaches that he thinks make his teaching work, approaches he believes need not be the domain of charters only. (They aren’t, necessarily. But if you teach at a traditional public school and get the kind of meaningful oversight, support and feedback from your administrators that Brown does, raise your hand.)