A Year at Mission Hill

Posted 03/01/13
Last updated 03/01/13

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Abstract: 

"A Different Story About Public Education,"

On January 31, 2013, Sam Chaltain wrote in an Education Week blog titled A Different Story About Public Education:

What if the stories we told about schools were less about lagging dysfunction and more about healthy design?

What if the picture of teachers we painted was less about apathy and more about expertise?

What if the central message of our education coverage was not just that a learning revolution is needed, but also that it's already underway?

Mission HillFilmmakers Tom and Amy Valens spent a year filming at Mission Hill Elementary School in Boston specifically for this purpose—to tell the real story of the students, the teachers, and the families in this public school as they work together to do their best for the students they serve. 

Follow the year-long story of life at Mission Hill Elementary School below.  Each chapter was released along with a set of resources for digging deeper into the ideas present within each of the chapters.  Access these materials and learn more about this storytelling project by visiting the Year at Mission Hill website or view the Prezi presentation that was designed to tell the whole story with supplementary resources embedded.

What lessons learned from this Year at Mission Hill will you carry into your work in the years to come?  What big questions surface for you as a result of following all or part of the Mission Hill story?


Chapter One:  Why We're Here (1/31/13)

 


Chapter Two:  Beginning the Year (2/14/13)

 

 


Chapter Three:  Making It Real (2/28/13)

 

 


Chapter Four:  Love and Limits (3/14/13)

 

 


Chapter Five:  The Eye of the Dragon (3/28/13)

 

 


Chapter Six:  Like a Family (4/11/13)

 

 


Chapter Seven:  Behind the Scenes (4/25/13)

 

 


Chapter Eight: The World at Work (5/9/13)

 

 


Chapter Nine:  Seeing the Learning (5/23/13)

 

 


Chapter Ten:  The Freedom to Teach (6/6/13)

 

At the end of Chapter 10, Deborah Meier argues,

The whole point of an education is to help you learn how to exercise judgement, and you can't do that if the expert adults in your school are not allowed to exercise theirs.

What lessons learned from this Year at Mission Hill will you carry into your work in the years to come?  What big questions surface for you as a result of following all or part of the Mission Hill story?

 

This Prezi captures the entire Mission Hill story along with many resources for digging deeper into each Chapter's theme: