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The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is guided by 10 Common Principles that empower teachers to act on behalf of the students. The priority areas are "Demonstration and Documentation," "Collaboration and Critical Friendship," and "Democracy and Equity."
The weblink takes the user to the a list of articles that are available online from the Coalition of Essential Schools. The 10 Common Principles is one of those documents. Although I have not used it in class, I work with other faculty who do actively use it. Having it available online for access by students is very convenient and allows that faculty member to have students download the article (thereby utilizing technology to access information), and also display it online in class.
Other documents available from this website include benchmarking tools for the 10 Principles. Students could use these tools in the field to learn more about schools and the principles.
Since these are all PDF documents, users will need to have the Adobe Acrobat plugin with their web browser, and students need to be properly advised. Fortunately, none of the download times for the documents are very long.
13 years ago
Nancy J. Pelaez
Sizer's 10 common principles provide a key document that can be used to support teachers who are active in the process of reforming their schools so that they have the power to teach students to use their minds well. I have personally experienced the power these principles give to teachers - and the resulting transformation of the educational process. We are entrenched in the problems, and this resource, now available for free, is a way out.