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Teacher infiltrates Education Task Force Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council

Last week a teacher found a way into a meeting of the (ALEC).  Check out this article and video about her experience.  …


Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on December 4, 2012 at 2:14pm — No Comments

academic preparedness for college

Our site in Northwestern Wisconsin has been addressing the college drop out rate amoung the youth from our area and the more we get into this issue the more we realize that we need to look at academic preparedness.  We are trying to get our arms around this topic.  We know that math is an area that we wish to focus efforts but also believe that reading and writing should be included in any kind of initiative we implement to address this.  We will be working with 5 districts not…


Added by Sherry Timmermann on November 12, 2012 at 2:29pm — 3 Comments

Bridging Cultures through Ancient Wisdom


Recently a group of five grandmothers (Dancers of the Moon) traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to begin a dialogue with the Dominican people and share their ancient cultural and spiritual knowledge.  As soon as the grandmothers landed they began a long journey across the country sharing their wisdom and healing knowledge. This trip took place during The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People and was organized by…


Added by Victor Jose Santana on November 6, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Spiritual Powers for Professionals and Circles

Recently I have been studying Eastern philosophy and Raja Yoga and been finding ways to incorporate them into my Circles practice. In Raja Yoga you are encouraged to meditate with your eyes open and focus on your third eye (center of forehead). The belief is that if you learn to meditate and focus…


Added by Victor Jose Santana on November 1, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

How do we define and measure "Deeper Learning"?

In preparing students for the world outside school, what skills are important to learn? This goes to the heart of the research addressed in the Deeper Learning Report released by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science in Washington.

Simply defined, “deeper learning” is the “process of learning for transfer,” meaning it allows a student to take what’s learned in one…


Added by steve stapleton on September 17, 2012 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Immigration Forum at Roca August 15, 2012

On August 15, 2012 at 5:30pm Roca and the Massachusetts Refugee Immigrant and Advocacy Coalition will be hosting a free informational community forum on the deferred action for DREAMers. We will be expecting close to 300 people at this event. Advocates, lawyers and immigration experts will be at hand to help answer questions about eligibility and the application process for DREAMers.…


Added by Victor Jose Santana on August 9, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Circles and Court Sentencing

One of the major controversies around Circles has been in regards to using them as an alternative to sentencing outside of Indigenous communities. In Canada and Minnesota they have been successful in using sentencing Circles however they are not appropriate…


Added by Victor Jose Santana on July 12, 2012 at 1:59pm — 1 Comment

Community Learning Exchange on new Immigration Policy

Today I am hosting a Community Learning Exchange among Roca staff to talk about Obama's announcement on June 15th. Below are 10 things everyone should know about this new policy change:

Current Status of New Immigration Policy

  • People under 30
  • Came into the country before 16 years old
  • Have No felonies
  • Lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years
  • Have current deportation orders
  1. All 300,000 cases currently in…

Added by Victor Jose Santana on July 10, 2012 at 11:13am — No Comments

Community creates urban food forest to feed, educate, and engage

The Beacon Hill neighborhood in Seattle, Washington is building an urban food forest on 7 acres of public land. Located in one of the most diverse zip codes in the United States, their neighborhood community has come together to grow their own food to rehabilitate the local ecosystem, improve public health and educate about the climate impact of food production. The…


Added by steve stapleton on June 27, 2012 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

Community Visioning Initiatives or General Elections?

Which citizen participation/problem solving process has the better cost/benefit ratio for problem solving on a scale most of us have never known before?





We live in a time of unprecedented opportunities, in many ways created by the expansion of the Internet, and by electronic devices, communication satellites, etc which make it possible for information, knowledge and wisdom to be passed quickly to a broad range of international…


Added by Stefan Pasti on June 25, 2012 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Occupy Movement Takes On Elementary School Closures

If there was ever a more certain need for the work of the CLE, the People's School For Public Education would seem to fit the bill! Now is the time, education belongs to all of us and our communities not the patriarchal system that functions to reinforce conformity and assimilation. As we prepare for Montana, we should keep in mind the PSPE (asking: what took y'all so long?) and think of how we create spaces for authentic learning, dialogue, care and community. Check the link… Continue

Added by Lee Francis on June 21, 2012 at 8:09am — No Comments

Democracy Is for Amateurs: Why We Need More Citizen Citizens by Eric Liu

Eric captures the importance of the engaged citizenry we highlight in the CLE process.

This year I'll wrap up a decade as a trustee of the Seattle Public Library. Our board of five citizens has unusual authority. Appointed by the mayor, we are an independent operating body. The city council gives us a line in the budget, but how we spend those funds, on what programs, in what allocations across which neighborhoods, with what kinds of popular input, and under what policies --…


Added by Dale Nienow on May 29, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Story time!

Hope everyone is having a good time and great summer!!

I really miss talking with everybody and hope to share stories with everyone at the next CLE gathering!

But let everybody know what I've been doing more recently, here is the address to a facebook page I created that shows a collection of my Hats and the story and meaning behind them. Hope y'all get to check out the page and the Picture Stories I've got posted!

Much love and see all of you soon!…


Added by Emiliano Angel Guajardo on May 14, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The Zinn Education Project announced the recipient of the 2012 Myles Horton Education Award for Teaching People’s History.

Published April 2, 2012 by Deborah Menkart



Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on April 13, 2012 at 1:14pm — No Comments

How Technology is Transforming Universities

An interesting article on how technology is transforming universities.

How can we creatively increase the ways we communicate in our network while maintaining a highly relational approach?

Added by Dale Nienow on March 30, 2012 at 8:09am — No Comments

A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School

Great article about a courageous girl who took a critical look at her own education and shared it with others in power.  Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like those she shared it with knew how to react to her criticism in a positive way.

The article is called: "…


Added by steve stapleton on March 7, 2012 at 9:59am — 4 Comments

Wanted in Seattle classrooms: more teachers of color

This article appeared in the Seattle Time February 10, 2012.  Based on the chart in image 3 on the right, the issue isn't unique to Seattle.  Kudos to the Edgar Martinez Foundation for taking this on locally, and to the Community Learning Exchange partners for recognizing the issue on a national level.…


Added by steve stapleton on February 10, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Are you open-minded?

Added by Melissa Hamasaki on January 10, 2012 at 3:39pm — No Comments



And it's all over but the shouting!

What an amazing event!  Sorry for not getting back to blogging yesterday, was tied up with all the amazing travel and experiences.  Sometimes you have to take off your writers hat and settle down as a participant.

So here we are: Sunday morning.  Seeing people back to the airport, saying goodbye, planning for the next one.

Yesterday, we had some incredible site visits in San Marcos and Austin.  Folks got the chance…


Added by Lee Francis on January 8, 2012 at 10:20am — No Comments

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