School Spotlight: Avalon is teacher-powered

This is the fourth and final part in a series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. (Click here to read the introductory post, here to read about student projects, and here to read about Avalon’s schedule.)

A teacher-powered school is one that is run by the teachers.  At Avalon School, there are no administrators. One teacher has administrative credentials, though they aren’t required to have anyone with an administrative license at a charter school. Instead, several teachers take some time during the day to fulfill the administrative duties. All decisions, however, are made collectively by the staff.  Continue reading “School Spotlight: Avalon is teacher-powered”

School Spotlight: A different kind of schedule at Avalon

This is the third in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. (Click here to read the introductory post and here to read about student projects.) During my visit, the nontraditional schedule stood out as one aspect that was instrumental in making everything work.  Continue reading “School Spotlight: A different kind of schedule at Avalon”

School Spotlight: Avalon is project-based

This is the second in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. (Click here to read the introductory post.) During my visit, I had the opportunity to ask some students about their projects. They were clearly motivated to do the work and passionate about the projects they put together.  Continue reading “School Spotlight: Avalon is project-based”

School Spotlight: Introducing Avalon School

This is the first in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. As many contemplate the future of public K12 schools in the U.S., they look to schools like Avalon that are already doing something different. 

My best days are the ones I spend in schools. Listening to and watching teachers and students as they work is so insightful! Back in December of 2018, I had such a day when I visited Avalon School in St. Paul, Minnesota.   Continue reading “School Spotlight: Introducing Avalon School”