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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


Day Two

Begins with a breakfast taco and set up for the day.  

Last night we had an amazing evening and it was great to see everyone talking and connecting even after the event.  A few teams hit the town, some headed back to the hotel.  Our local team closed up shop and debriefed about the day.

Sunrise this morning was excellent and I am anticipating a beautiful day to continue the work.

This morning we outlined the process and set the space.  Dale and Monica…


Added by Lee Francis on January 6, 2012 at 10:47am — 1 Comment


Night One


Here we are.  An amazingly beautiful evening in San Marcos, Texas.  Right on the main square.


After several months of planning and one hectic afternoon, we kick off the Central Texas CLE with a wonderful group of people from all across the country.  This gathering we are representing 14 different sites and over 65 people.  Some old friends, some new faces.  Everyone here to experience and learn from one another.


That is what we must…


Added by Lee Francis on January 5, 2012 at 6:21pm — No Comments

A school with an 85% pass rate on state tests is deemed a failing school under No Child Left Behind

In a Standardized Era, a Creative School Is Forced to Be More So


Cheryl Senter for The New York Times

Linda Rief says teachers' faith in themselves "has been turned aside" by standardized testing.


Published: October 30, 2011

DURHAM, N.H. — Every spring,…


Added by Dale Nienow on November 1, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

What can we learn about leadership from Occupy Wall Street?

This is a blog from Jessica Lipnack about leadership and the Occupy Wall Street movement.  It offers some insights for the Community Learning Exchange network.


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Occupying leadership #occupy

Without making the media the story here since the media has this recursive, repetitive pattern when it can't make sense of a story... a few words about leadership and Occupy.

Google "leadership occupy Wall Street" and you'll…


Added by Dale Nienow on October 20, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

2011 National Opportunity to Learn Campaign National Summit

The National Opportunity to Learn Campaign ( is  hosting a national summit in Washington, DC Dec. 8-10, 2011. I plan to attend. This year's theme is one that many of you can relate to: Uniting Communities for Education Justice and Action.  You can register for the summit at the following website:

Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on October 17, 2011 at 11:01am — No Comments

Check out John Merrow's latest blog: "Be Careful What Your Wish For"

I don't always agree with Merrow, but he tries to be fair (and balanced:).  Anyway, he calls for "new narratives" so I had to share:


I hear folks on the right calling for vouchers.  Hello, have they thought that through?  And what about the lefties who want 'individual education plans' for ALL children?  Hello, have they imagined what that could lead to?   We desperately need a new narrative when we talk about public schools.  My thoughts here:…


Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on October 13, 2011 at 7:34am — 1 Comment

An Invitation to Visit the New IPCR Website Discussion Forum

The website of The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative now has a Discussion Forum.  The IPCR Discussion Forum can be accessed from any IPCR website page at  and also at . The Discussion Forum is from ProBoards (at ).  The…


Added by Stefan Pasti on September 19, 2011 at 11:06am — No Comments

Draft: IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011—Section #3 “The End of 'Cheap Energy' (Peak Oil)"

In a previous post titled “Draft ‘IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011’—Sharing Table of Contents, Seeking Input (July 6, 2011, at the Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative website, and other sites), I provided some information about my current project (“IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011”).  While there is still much work left to do to realize the potential of this project, one section is close enough to completion to share (Section 3 “The…


Added by Stefan Pasti on September 5, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments


July 25, 2011 is Save Pell Day, an online day of action to tell Washington that America can't afford to balance the federal budget on the backs of college students . If you agree that no student who is eligible for college should be denied access on the basis of financial need, please support the national campaign to save the Pell Grant program.

Pell Grants have been helping students for more than 30 years. In 2012, nearly 10 million students are expected to receive…


Added by Cheryl D. Fields on July 25, 2011 at 8:10am — No Comments

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