Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

Nova High School, an “option school” in Seattle that offers project based, student oriented learning with a focus on critical and creative thinking, broke the record in terms of opt outs in Seattle with 100% of the 10th and 11th graders opting … Continue reading Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

Equitable staffing of our Seattle schools demanded by Nova High School

It has been brought to my attention that four of our schools in Seattle have been chronically underfunded and therefore understaffed. The schools are Nova High School, the Center School, South Lake and the World School. There has been no explanation given as to why these schools have never been allocated sufficient staff except that they were termed “non-traditional” at some point. If we want to look at “non traditional schools” as opposed to “traditional schools”, we could look at schools that are now considered “option schools”. Nova and the Center School would be in that category along with other … Continue reading Equitable staffing of our Seattle schools demanded by Nova High School

Part 1: High stakes testing : A little history

I will be posting a series on high stakes testing and opting out on this blog. Why? In other states where high stakes testing has become the norm, parents and educators are discovering that what is happening is harmful to their children and to education in general and they are pushing back by opting out. Unfortunately, high stakes testing has officially begun in Seattle. It started with the following memo from Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda issued this school year: “Beginning this fall, teachers who have been on this system for two school years prior to 2012-2013, and who … Continue reading Part 1: High stakes testing : A little history

School programs that work in Seattle and beyond or why we don’t need charter schools in the state of Washington

Someone asked me yesterday about programs that have been successful in Seattle in terms of meeting their goals and having an established track record. I quickly named off the top of my head schools that I could think of and sent the e-mail. When I arrived in Seattle I was impressed with the programs that Seattle had to offer all students. I refer to them as the gems in the Seattle Public Schools system and they are available to all. I decided to post the list and everyone in our state is welcomed to add to this list. This was … Continue reading School programs that work in Seattle and beyond or why we don’t need charter schools in the state of Washington

Anti charter school resolution passed by The Nova Project PTSA

Resolution from The Nova Project PTSA (also referred to as Nova High School) The Nova Project is an alternative public high school in Seattle that is committed to equitable education for all students. Our community believes that fully funded public education is fundamental to the survival of our democracy and collective well-being. We call upon all citizens to demand adequate funding for public education and to reject efforts to privatize public schools. The Nova Community: * Supports the state Supreme Court ruling that Washington must comply with its constitutionally mandated, paramount duty to fully fund basic education. * Respects the … Continue reading Anti charter school resolution passed by The Nova Project PTSA

Ken Robinson on education reform

We were fortunate enough to select a school in California for my daughter when she started Pre-K that taught children that there was no “right way” to solve a problem whether it was math or any other subject. My daughter remained in this school until midway through middle school when we moved to a Seattle suburb. The school that  she attended had high WASL scores. The difference between the schools and methods of teaching were so strikingly different. The math was dumbed down and the students were quite adept at memorizing. My daughter struggled within this environment which was not … Continue reading Ken Robinson on education reform

“…and not everything that can be counted counts.”

Discovered on Susan Ohanian’s website: by Matt Lintner,  a teacher in Fairfax County Virginia. Management guru Peter Drucker famously said, “What gets measured gets managed.” But what if we’re measuring the wrong things? Consider the following: you can graduate from high school with straight A’s without ever having 1. Searched for answers to unknown questions. 2. Budgeted your own time. 3. Discovered what most interests you. 4. Initiated a project requiring sustained commitment. 5. Taken risks or experienced failure. 6. Led a team in the pursuit of a worthy goal. 7. Practiced consensus building or the messiness of compromise. 8. Asserted … Continue reading “…and not everything that can be counted counts.”

Nova High School is Having a Yard Sale

…and there will be a lot of  good stuff there including some great books. How do I know this? Because I donated some really nice books myself. Help Nova, the most exceptional high school in Seattle, be Nova and more. Nova Benefit Yard Sale Saturday, Sept 3 9:00 am-3:00 pm @ 4833 S. Morgan St; 98118 All proceeds benefit the Nova Project, a Seattle Public High School Join us in the Columbia City/Seward Park neighborhood for a good sale and a great cause! Kitchen wares, books, household items, clothing, treasures of all kinds– PLUS ice tea and cookies! Hope to … Continue reading Nova High School is Having a Yard Sale

Parents Across America Seattle Meeting Date and Other Announcements

This poster is based on the video Stems Need Blooms and a free print quality pdf  is available if you submit a 300 word or less essay on teachers or teaching. Pretty cool. Next, there will be a Parents Across America, Seattle meeting this Saturday at 4:00 PM at the Roy Street Cafe located in Capitol Hill on Broadway. Parents, teachers, students and concerned citizens are welcomed to join us. There is always a lively discussion and much information is shared. Regarding The Nova Project news, (full disclosure, I have a student there until next week when she will be … Continue reading Parents Across America Seattle Meeting Date and Other Announcements