Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, March 12, 2010

More schools

Gosh, I wrote that blog entry the other day about schools and systems, but didn't get to last Sunday's New York Times Magazine until my commuting time on the train yesterday. The cover story, "Building a Better Teacher," is exactly on the topic of how to train teachers to be great teachers.

The article has two different threads, the work of Doug Lemov, now of the school charter organization Uncommon Schools, on identifying the framework of what comprises excellent teaching/classroom management more generally (he has 49 factors, and is publishing a book on his method next month), as well as identifying subject-specific teaching frameworks, such as in math. On the latter, the article features the work of people at the Michigan State University College of Education, as well as a professor at the University of Michigan School of Education.

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