Teacher-run school wins praise

  • Article by: DAAREL BURNETTE II , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2010 - 7:33 PM

A study found that Avalon students scored higher on state reading tests and that a large portion went on to college.

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njoylife303Dec. 29, 10 7:49 PM

I'm sure there will be many who jump on the paragraph that talks about students talking on their cell phones and grading themselves. BEFORE you get your knickers in a twist, know that it's not just a free for all...kids are investing in their learning at a level we all wish our kids to be at...learning because the process of learning itself is satisfying. Kids will work to the expectations we have of them. If we don't trust them or their teachers and need to test them at every turn, then we are going to get a large number of our kids who tune out. I'm glad to see that Avalon is successful and fostering lifelong learners. They're the ones we'll need in the decades to come...not the kids who only know how to be tested.

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hope4allDec. 29, 10 7:49 PM

I'm not crazy about the chatting on their cell phones part.

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hope4allDec. 29, 10 7:51 PM

The only thing I wonder is if this puts a lot more work into the teachers day since their is no administration they must do everything and teachers already put in much more than 40 hours a week.

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paulpalin12Dec. 29, 10 7:54 PM

Imagine that, a school run by teachers being successful. Whod've thunk it. Surely not the administration, who are always trying to micromanage every teacher.

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typingwordsDec. 29, 10 8:05 PM

Teachers are the most underestimated assets in our economy.

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AdamSeDec. 29, 10 8:08 PM

I'm glad this school did well, and I support the charter system, but the results of these tests are not statistically meaningful. There is a major sampling bias, and saying these students did better as a result of being in the school, or because of teacher ability, is not a valid conclusion.

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hope4allDec. 29, 10 8:24 PM

I am semi interested in charter schools. I certainly don't want to send my child to public school when she turns 5 and would like to know the alternatives. I wish I could home school but financially I have to work.

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MarcieHelenDec. 29, 10 8:38 PM

Oh my goodness. I love this concept, and I'd love to try this with my own students. I teach second grade, and while students in that age group would need much more guidance, I think MANY students could benefit from a teacher-run school. I think this concept would benefit students who work at a quicker pace, are able to think more abstractly, or have very specific interests. Want to get a reluctant reader to read? Get books and other literature in their hands that INTEREST them. If you let teachers run schools, I guarantee you there would be fewer behavior issues, plus districts could save $100,000 a year by cutting worthless administration costs.

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saralee67Dec. 29, 10 8:59 PM

Teachers actually being allowed to do what they know is best for kids. Imagine that.

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jjsbrwDec. 29, 10 9:15 PM

These little islands of success are somewhat encouraging. Student engagement is a challenge at every level, and it's good to see that this school is reaching the students they serve.

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