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What governance structures exist in your school or in schools you know about? Which ones do you think best support shared voice and democra…

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15 Apr 12, 2013
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1960's and the 1970's!
by Cindy Robinson

American Schools

This is the place for discussions about Network founder Sam Chaltain's book American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community.

8 May 22, 2011
Why don't we ever see the media investigating claims of the "School Reformers?"
by Noel Hammatt


A catch-all category for discussions which don't fall into the other categories.

7 Jun 23, 2013
Freedom of Speech
by Cindy Robinson

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The Forum for Education and Democracy is a DC-based action tank committed to three central goals: Advising thought leaders and policy makers about what characterizes engaging, equitable, and high-functioning schools; Advocating for policies that help schools prepare young people for democratic citizenship; and Amplifying the voices of educators and young people so their stories can shape how policies are made -- and clarify what purpose they should serve. To help us do this, we need to hear from you. Take a look at our core questions, and tell us what policymakers needs to know!

4 Jan 23, 2009
Reply by Sam Chaltain

Five Freedoms Want Ads

Looking for someone with a particular area of expertise? Interested in serving as a guide or mentor, or in sharing best practices? This is the place for you to make connections with other members.

3 Mar 23, 2011
Invitation to Apply for the Position of Chief Administrative Officer/Principal
by Kevin Lydy

First Amendment Issues

Any discussion thread that deals with a First Amendment issue -- in school and out.

8 Oct 25, 2010
Reply by David Scott

Educational Practices

This is the place for sharing resources, questions, concerns, and/or ideas related to teaching and learning.

26 May 1
Teaching Children and not Subjects
by Cindy Robinson

Question of the Month

Each month, a different question will be posted here. All members of the Network are encouraged to share their thoughts and observations. Let's see what we can learn from each other!

27 Aug 8, 2010
Reply by Kathleen Cushman

You Be the Judge

What should (and shouldn't) the First Amendment allow in a school setting? You be the Judge!

22 Jul 1, 2010
Reply by Barbara Wiesenberg Manzo

Five Things You Can Do — Feedback & New Ideas

Did you try one of the "Five Things" we recommended? How did it work? Do you have another "thing" you think we should add to the list? Tell us here . . .

4 Jul 26, 2009
Reply by Kim Carter

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3 Dec 13, 2010
by Dan Sherman

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4 Sep 23, 2010
October 10 - 11, 2010 Symposium at Roberts Wesleyan College on Freedom of Religion and Public Schools
by David Scott



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Teaching Children and not Subjects

Started by Cindy Robinson in Educational Practices May 1. 0 Replies

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the…Continue


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