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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits MSLA On May 9, 2014, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan along with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, led a round-table discussion at MSLA.  Click on the following link to read more:  https://ceawhatworks.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/national-leaders-find-power-of-teacher-autonomy-at-msla/

Teachers Lead the Way in Denver A school born through collaboration attracted accomplished teachers, exemplifies leadership by teachers, and sets an example for students. (April 2014). Click on the following link to read more: http://www.kappanmagazine.org/content/95/7/24.full.pdf+html

MSLA recognized as a TOP 10 Honor Roll School  in Parents Magazine, October 2012.

MSLA recognized as a TOP 10 Honor Roll School in Parents Magazine, October 2012.

MATH AND SCIENCE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Denver’s first teacher-led school takes center stage at national conference Educators look at innovative model for potential path to student academic success.  Click on the following link to read more:  http://www.nea.org/home/42437.htm

Denver, Colorado
K-5 310 students
Kids are never called to the principal’s office at this school because, well, there is no principal. Instead, teachers run the school, which was founded in 2009 by teachers and the head of the city’s teachers’ union, with support from then superintendent Michael Bennet, who is now a U.S. senator. “At many schools, teachers’ hands are tied. The administration dictates almost every aspect of the curriculum — and how it’s delivered,” says Lori Nazareno, one of the school’s co-lead teachers, who divvy up tasks usually reserved for the principal. Instructors at the Math and Science Leadership Academy, however, can adjust the curriculum. For instance, when an opportunity came up for first-graders to visit a quilt museum, one teacher made a quilt with her students before the trip, weaving in facts about patterns and fractions. “You’d typically have to go through three or four levels of approval for this deviation from the curriculum,” says Nazareno. Teachers also observe one another’s classrooms four times a year to offer suggestions on what could be improved and take away ideas they can implement with their own students. Says Nazareno: “Peer observation is practically nonexistent in some schools. There is so much of it going on here, and that benefits the kids.”

Copy its success Approach the school administration with an offer to fund a get-together for teachers in your child’s grade level. Partner with a few other families to defray the cost. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; breakfast or afternoon coffee is just fine to give teachers a chance to bounce ideas off one another.