She's speaking at Antioch University on Saturday evening, and will be speaking in Chicago on Wednesday. She purposely tied these two events into a chance to visit Central Academy Elementary and Middle School to observe classes and talk with teachers. The staff have all put together specific things they want her to observe and discuss with them. Everything from project time (with blocks and other academic things) in Early Primary to graduation by portfolio process and standards for middles school.
Deborah Meier has spent more than four decades working in public education as a teacher, writer and public advocate. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten and head start teacher in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City schools. She was the founder and teacher-director of a network of highly successful public elementary schools in East Harlem. In 1985 she founded Central Park East Secondary School, a New York City public high school in which more than 90% of the entering students went on to college, mostly to 4-year schools. During this period she founded a local Coalition center, which networked approximately fifty small Coalition-style K-12 schools in the city.
Sheis currently a senior scholar New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, as well as Board member and director of New Ventures at Mission Hill, director and advisor to Forum for Democracy and Education, and on the Board of The Coalition of Essential Schools.
Contact: Dianne Suiter, Principal Central Academy