John Bliss, educational activist part 2

Recorded March 2015. John Bliss, education activist, is a long time teacher in public and charter schools. He is the founder of Urban Choice Charter School. In this episode, he discusses “Fostering Resiliency in Kids” by Bonnie Bedard. John’s basic premise is that the cures for most kids are going to come from the people closest to them – the teachers and staff in individual schools. He calls for more autonomy in buildings. He points out that the most successful schools in Rochester – School of Inquiry, School of the Arts, The Children’s School and the Early College School – have several elements in common: strong leadership, strong parent groups, smaller size, a focus on reading and writing, and better relationships among staff. He presents approaches to remedy what he sees as a dysfunctional hierarchy at the district level.


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