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Starting Up : Critical Lessons from 10 New Schools



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Starting Up is a collection of first-person accounts by some of the best-known founders of new schools in America. Providing the kind of knowledge that only experience can teach, it is an invaluable resource for anyone in the process of or thinking about opening a new school, as well as those interested in the politics of today's era of new school development. The authors share how they worked to make their educational aspirations a reality while wrestling with social and economic obstacles, such as the distressed state of the communities in which these schools operated and the constant competition for resources. Starting Up tells real stories that capture the rich sense of possibility that currently exist for urban education.

Author Biography

Lisa Arrasta is the middle school principal at United Nations International School in New York. Her work in the classroom is the focus of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Making the Grade. Marvin Hoffman is the founding director of The University of Chicago Charter School, North Kenwood/Oakland campus, and the associate director of the University's Urban Teacher Education Program.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Creating New Schools in These New Timesp. ix
1974-1998p. 1
Central Park East School: Starting Out with Small Schoolsp. 3
North Kenwood Oakland Charter School: Small Gestures and Sturdy Nests-The Making of NKOp. 12
Urban Academy High School: A Place for the True Entrepreneurs of Education?p. 31
Maya Angelou Public Charter School: A Circle of TrustýThe Story of the See Forever Schoolp. 46
The Met: Educating a Nation One School at a Time? Just Do Itp. 61
1999-Presentp. 77
El Colegio Charter School: Building El Colegiop. 81
City as Classroom School: In All Cities Geography Is Powerp. 96
Khalil Gibran International Academy: From Dream to Nightmarep. 117
Social Justice High School: Truth and Transparency, Community and Collective Power-The Evolution of Social Justice High Schoolp. 136
High School for Recording Arts: Old School, New Schoolp. 150
About the Contributorsp. 161
Indexp. 165
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