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American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community

American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community

by Sam Chaltain
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In American Schools, Sam Chaltain interweaves the leading ideas from the education, business, and scientific communities to outline a framework for leadership that helps educators and organizational leaders create the optimal conditions for transformational change. By pairing a rich theoretical framework with the stories of communities that have, over several years, tried to create more democratic learning communities, Chaltain does what any reader of this book will have to do—provide enough structure to empower people to do their best work and enough freedom so that each person's inherent creativity can be unleashed.

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ISBN-13: 2901607092536
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 163
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Sam Chaltain is the National Director of the Forum for Education and Democracy and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project. He also provides professional development for public school districts, and consults with schools on issues ranging from First Amendment law to whole-school change. Mr. Chaltain currently lives with his wife (Sarah), son (Leo), and bulldog (Rufus) in Washington, DC. He can be reached at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Prologue: Ways of Seeing (and of Being Seen): The Art of the Democratic Learning Community Part 4 Part I: Theory Chapter 5 Reflect (or, take the time to know "who's there?") Chapter 6 Connect (or, make the connections that let you "see the whole board") Chapter 7 Create (or, remember that "people only support what they create") Chapter 8 Equip (or, equip people with the understanding, motivation and skills they need to see their new ideas through) Chapter 9 Let Come (or, practice "urgent patience" to let the school's shared vision come naturally into being) Part 10 Part II: Practice Chapter 11 Fairview Elementary School (Modesto, CA) Chapter 12 Nursery Road Elementary School (Columbia, SC) Chapter 13 Monadnock Community Connections School (Keene, NH) Chapter 14 Epilogue: Ways of Seeing (Teec Nos Pos, AZ)

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Susan_Oliver More than 1 year ago
In this book, former schoolteacher, First Amendment Scholar, MBA and nonprofit exec, Sam Chaltain, provides fresh thinking and clarity of ideas about how off-course our education system has gone. After years of working in education, it makes sense to me now how decades of effort and funding could lead us to the same problems over and over again. Chaltain asserts in this book that we have to identify the conditions for learning -- find what specifically leads to positive teaching and learning -- before we can tack on another initiative, chase another rainbow, or meet another grant demand and think we're getting somewhere on creating the kind of mass change necessary to educate all of our kids to a higher level, in a more innovative, meaningful way.