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Don’t Tell Her It Can’t Be Done

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in Change, Getting to know us, Independent Schools Community, International Community | 1 comment

Getting Past No Fighting the naysayers, folks who want to ‘do school’ the way we’ve always done it, gets tiring. But sometimes being told “no” is all it takes to get us on the right track. For Jenny Luca, Head of Information Services at Toorak College near Victoria, Australia, that negative moment changed her world. “I was exploring all this stuff,” she said recently in a Skype call. Teaching, she said, was getting...

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Independent Cohort wraps things up

Posted by on May 6, 2009 in Independent Schools Community | 2 comments

By Mary Worrell The Independent Schools Cohort celebrated the end of its PLP experience with a culminating face-to-face meeting and project showcase last month. A number of team members and leaders had a chance to reflect on the year-long experience and how they have changed, both personally and in their practices. Stewart Crais is a PLP 21st Century Fellow and works in operations at Lausanne Collegiate School in Tennessee. The Lausanne team...

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On Growing Mushrooms and Community

Posted by on Mar 28, 2009 in Change, Independent Schools Community |

By Karen Richardson As an early birthday gift, my husband gave me a mushroom growing kit.  It was pretty much a box of dirt with a bag of “starter,” which I think were spores in peat moss.  I spread the contents of the bag over the dirt, spritzed with water, and then covered it up with plastic.  Waited patiently.  When I opened the plastic, I discovered that the contents of the bag had begun to grow, not into mushrooms yet, but...

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Managing change

Posted by on Feb 14, 2009 in Change, Community News, Illinois/Ohio Community, Independent Schools Community, International Community |

By Mary Worrell PLP team members and fellows learn new things everyday. It’s when they bring these experiences back to their home schools that the real progress begins. Blogging in the classroom Mandy Shulman, member of the Illinois-Ohio Cohort, has been utilizing the network she’s developed through her PLP experience to jump-start a blog for her second-grade class. “Through the discussions and videos on PLP’s virtual...

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