Will Whole-Child Champion Michael Hynes Go All the Way?

On a Monday evening, as summer ended, the Patchogue-Medford school board on Long Island affirmed its support for superintendent Michael Hynes, extending his contract for five years.  President Anthony O’Reilly, as Greater Patchogue reported, was “thrilled beyond belief.”

In the United States, local communities are the hubs of education policymaking.  The sentiments of this school board president reflect a philosophical shift away from the cold, rational demands of standards-based accountability, a consensus that children are the top priority.  Hynes believes in teaching to the whole child, O’Brien said.  He understands that kids . . . Read full article →

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Michelle Gunderson Champions Play as an Organizing Principle

“There once was a union maid, who never was afraid,” wrote Woodie Guthrie, the son of an industrialist who grew up to chronicle, in song, the suffering of the Great Depression. Michelle Gunderson is her descendant.

A veteran first-grade teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and a doctoral student at Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction, she honors the expertise of early childhood educators, fighting for play and policies that support best practice through “good, old-fashioned union organizing.” This essay originally appeared at Living in Dialogue.

 

By Michelle Gunderson

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Harriet Cuffaro's Building Blocks of Educational Equity

I recently learned that Harriet Cuffaro had left us. Suddenly, I was back on the classroom floor at Bank Street College of Education, where she taught for three decades.  Well past childhood, we were deep into block building, one of the most rigorous assignments I encountered in graduate school.

Cuffaro, a renowned progressive educator in the mode of John Dewey, championed open-ended play and experiential learning. In the introduction to Bank Street’s Occasional Paper Series No. 32, or “Festschrift—a volume reflecting the values, theories, and passions of a senior scholar in a field”—Miriam Raider-Roth, . . . Read full article →

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