Interview with Alan Shusterman, founder of School for Tomorrow

(This is the latest in a series of interviews I’ve conducted with educators and activists around the country who are on my radar as people who are doing their best to change policy and practice in their communities.) Alan Shusterman, who lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and three children, is the founderContinue reading “Interview with Alan Shusterman, founder of School for Tomorrow”

Interview with Dominic Randolph, Head of New York City Private School That Dropped AP Classes

(Happy Thanksgiving) Last June, I ran a series of interviews I had conducted with activists and educators who were on my radar as people trying to do something to change policy and practice in their communities. Today, I’m running an interview I conducted with one of the most interesting school heads I’ve ever encountered, DominicContinue reading “Interview with Dominic Randolph, Head of New York City Private School That Dropped AP Classes”

Interview With Kerry Dickinson, a California Parent Who Successfully Changed Homework Policy in Her District

Today’s interview is with Kerry Dickinson, who has written many times for this blog including here, here, here, and here. Kerry, who has a M.A. in Reading, was a part-time teacher in Michigan before she had children. She now lives in Danville, California, with her husband and 9th and 7th grade sons and is currentlyContinue reading “Interview With Kerry Dickinson, a California Parent Who Successfully Changed Homework Policy in Her District”

Interview with Needham, MA, High School Principal, Who Has Taken Numerous Steps to Reduce Stress

Today’s interviewee is Paul Richards, who is in his fifth year as principal of Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts. During his tenure, he has studied and surveyed student stress and tried a variety of measures aimed at reducing it. The father of a kindergartner and first grader, Richards is leaving Needham high at theContinue reading “Interview with Needham, MA, High School Principal, Who Has Taken Numerous Steps to Reduce Stress”

Interview with New York City Fourth-Grade Teacher who Doesn’t Want to Assign Homework but Doesn’t Want to Break the Rules Either

Today’s interview is with Anthony, who has been teaching for five years at a New York City public school where he is a fourth-grade teacher. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Childhood Education from New York University. This year, he was accepted into Teachers Network Leadership Institute, a “professional community ofContinue reading “Interview with New York City Fourth-Grade Teacher who Doesn’t Want to Assign Homework but Doesn’t Want to Break the Rules Either”

Interview with Mike Falick, a Texas School Board Member Who Has Made Homework One of His Priorities

Today’s interviewee, Mike Falick, a lawyer, is a current member and past-president of the Spring Branch Independent School Board of Trustees in Texas. Falick, who grew up in this 32,000-student district in Houston, moved back when he had his own children (now in 9th and 6th grades) so they could go to the same schoolsContinue reading “Interview with Mike Falick, a Texas School Board Member Who Has Made Homework One of His Priorities”

Interview with Jodie Leidecker, Kentucky Parent Who Successfully Pushed her Local Elementary School to Institute Daily Recess

Today’s interview is with Jodie Leidecker, a native Kentuckian and a graduate of Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Leidecker lives in Berea, Kentucky, with her husband and their two children, a 9th grader and her currently home-schooled 10-year-old. She pushed her local elementary school to institute daily recess andContinue reading “Interview with Jodie Leidecker, Kentucky Parent Who Successfully Pushed her Local Elementary School to Institute Daily Recess”

Interview with Christine Hendricks, Principal of Wyoming Elementary School with a No-Homework Practice

Over the last few months, I’ve conducted interviews with educators and activists around the country who’ve been on my radar as people who are doing their best to change policy and practice in their communities. I’m going to run the interviews this week. To kick off this series, I’m thrilled to introduce Christine Hendricks, theContinue reading “Interview with Christine Hendricks, Principal of Wyoming Elementary School with a No-Homework Practice”