"This book cuts to the heart of the matter, of what it really means to "leave no child behind." The truth about institutional practices such as testing, grade points, and grade levels is discussed and challenged. Anyone who cares about the future of our children and rebuilding our public school education system should read this book.
"—Jacqueline Patterson, Director of District Student Support
Based on real experiences of those in the trenches, this book describes a new delivery system of education designed to allow all students to succeed with the help of teachers who are led by their passion to do what is right for students. Lee and Budsisz take the reader step-by-step through not only what is wrong with the system of education and what must be changed for education but what the school of the future must look like. Education's goal should be to make sure that students do more than maintain an existence in their adult lives—they must flourish, living life to the fullest. This detailed plan leaves no stone unturned in providing the tools to build a quality education program for all.
About the Authors Mary Gale has spent half of her lifetime in a public school classroom teaching students skills to enable them to become good citizens who make valued contributions to their world. She passionately believes that teachers must find, create and adapt materials, methods, and techniques to promote success for every student.
Eldon 'Cap' Lee headed for Milwaukee WI to take on the challenge of making a difference in the lives of children through the profession of education after graduating from Eastern Michigan University. As he realized that schools were designed for the few, his passion drove him to a career working with those students who needed him the most, those who were not among the elite and were left out of a shattered education system.
On February 22, 1995, after four hard years of preparation and facing every obstacle imaginable, the Milwaukee Village School became a reality. This innovative Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public School was different in every way. It was designed for children, without thought to the wide range of adult influences perpetrated on them in today’s educational environment. Buoyed by a supportive superintendent and a small handful of well-wishers, this project took hold in a neighborhood where children were a forgotten commodity, and the agenda’s of adults were dominant. This school was designed to educate the whole child.
In this book we, as “grass roots” people talk about things we actually did to change the way we educate children. We include information for educators that can be easily extracted and replicated in their school. Readers at every level will come away with new, creative ideas that work, and will have a new sense of how to implement true reform.
In the words of African – American historian, James Anderson: “We are still trying to develop both the philosophy as well as a system of education which really does respect the intelligence and abilities of ordinary people.” The philosophy of this school does just that?” We completely change the educational design of a middle school, to take children “from where they are,” toward maximum achievement at their maximum rate, emphasizing their real needs necessary to be productive as members of their community, workers on the job as well as those who maintain a household. We encourage our readers to find learning where it is happening, be it in the classroom, in the community, or on the road throughout the country. As we recognized that children learn in different ways and at different rates, it only made sense that we responded with a school designed with that in mind.
In addition, our philosophy, completely changes the way we think about providing services to children with special education needs. When schools are designed for children, they service all children with a wide variety of needs. In our philosophy, all children enter school simply as children; then we look at their needs and meet them in a unique, legal, way.
As a timely book, it can impact such innovations as charter schools, alternative schools and the new middle and high schools that are currently expanding throughout the country. It will also encourage the implementation of creative ideas in existing schools. Sit back, relax and take this seven-year journey with us as we build the Milwaukee Village School and Community Center.This book, written by those in the trenches, documents a complete educational philosophy and the development of a school from beginning to end. The school was designed to respect the intelligence and abilities of all children. An educational design that reaches all childrenQUASHING*THE RHETORIC OF REFORM*Legal term; “to make void or set aside as an indictment; to annul.”
Teaching The Whole Child
Taking the classroom into the community
Mary Gale Budzisz and Eldon Lee developed the innovative Milwaukee Village School from itsí inception.A strong focus of this Milwaukee Public School was to utilize the community as the classroom in an effort to educate the whole child.A strong academic focus is built into every community project but many more skills must be developed to assure students future success.
This video is by children, about children and for those who work with children and is designed to show how MVS went beyond the classroom to develop good citizens, good neighbors and quality workers.This will help all schools improve through more effective use of business partners, more effective field trips and simply bringing the classroom into the community.
The target audience is a wide variety of educators who want to change the way we educate children.College and University educators would utilize this video as well as curriculum and instruction specialists and parent groups.Training and motivation sessions for classroom teachers, students and school administrators would also be enhanced by it.This is a timely video as innovations such as charter schools, alternative schools and creative ideas in existing schools are expanding throughout the country.
Our main purpose is to be a catalyst for true change.Our design is to clearly point out new ways to educate the whole child.Viewers at every level will come away with new, creative ideas that work and a clear sense of how to move away from high stakes standardized testing and change the way we educate children.
Sit back and enjoy this trip to the community and beyond with students Prince, Chante April, NGozie, and Willie.