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Keeping School: Letters to Families from Principals of Two Small Schools

reviewed by Anne Wescott Dodd - 2005

coverTitle: Keeping School: Letters to Families from Principals of Two Small Schools
Author(s): Deborah Meier, Theodore R. Sizer, and Nancy Faust Sizer
Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston
ISBN: 0807032646, Pages: 187, Year: 2004
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This book is a collection of letters to families of the students in two schools these authors led. Deborah Meier, probably most well known for her work at Central Park East High School in New York, is now the co-director of the Mission Hill School, a public elementary school in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  Ted Sizer, founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, an organization that is changing high-school education in the U.S., and his wife, Nancy, an experienced high-school teacher, were co-principals of the Francis Parker Charter High School (Massachusetts) for one year.   In the book’s introduction, Ted Sizer argues that “keeping school” is a better metaphor than principals “running” a school or districts “providing” schools because of its many positive connotations, for instance: “It means taking in (in the sense of watching out for)….management (as in keeping house)…and persistence (as in keeping at something).…holding fast (keeping faith)” (p. x).   The... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2427-2429
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11843, Date Accessed: 7/29/2021 5:49:22 PM

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  • Anne Dodd
    Bates College
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    ANNE DODD a Senior Lecturer in Education, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, and the co-author (with Jean L. Konzal) of How Communities Build Stronger Schools (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002) and Making Our High Schools Better: How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together (St. Martin’s Press, 1999). One of her earlier books, A Parent’s Guide to Innovative Education (Noble Press, 1992), was named one of Child Magazine's 10 best books for parents in 1992. In addition to parents’ involvement with schools, her research interests include teacher education and educational reform.
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