Going Public: Priorities & Practice At The Manhattan New School by Shelley HarwayneGoing Public: Priorities & Practice At The Manhattan New School by Shelley Harwayne

Going Public: Priorities & Practice At The Manhattan New School

byShelley Harwayne

Paperback | August 6, 1999

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How do you create a public school, for a diverse population of children, that is rigorous, nurturing, joyfully literate, and successful by many standards? At the Manhattan New School, Shelley Harwayne has accomplished all this and more. In Going Public, she reveals what happens when she, a literacy expert, accepted the role of principal at a New York City public school and attempted to live up to the words, "Practice what you preach."

Brimming with practical advice, each chapter clearly identifies top priorities of the Manhattan New School community, as well as those practices that have enabled staff and family members to turn their dreams into a reality. You'll learn more about schoolhouse basics such as creating a nurturing social tone, selecting new teachers, developing curriculum, creating assessment tools, meeting standards, and providing worthwhile professional development. You'll also discover helpful advice on some surprising topics: creating bulletin boards that teach, learning students' names, keeping up with housekeeping, and inventing new ways to reach out to parents.

Going Public is a resource that you'll refer to again and again. "Reader's Guides" highlight the priorities and practices contained in every chapter. There are also bulleted lists of important ideas and suggestions, actual letters on a wide range of topics, and illustrative student work. The appendix alone contains dozens of useful and easily reproduced artifacts, including staff meeting conversation starters, interview questions for prospective teachers, and bibliographies of books for children and adults.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and staff developers will find Going Public an invaluable guide to creating a school committed to the very best public education has to offer.

Title:Going Public: Priorities & Practice At The Manhattan New SchoolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 7.35 × 0.75 inPublished:August 6, 1999Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0325001758

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Table of Contents

1. Sharing the Secrets of Our Success

2. Rethinking the Role of Principal

3. Honoring Teachers

4. Making the Social Tone Top Priority

5. Reaching Out to Families

6. Talking Curriculum and Assessment

7. Turning Schools into Centers for Professional Study

Conclusion: Sing About It!


1. Daily Log

2. Interviewing Questionnaire

3. Interested in Making Your School More Beautiful?

4. Does Your School Need a Housekeeping Conversation?

5. Students' Sense of Teacher's Priorities

6. How Well Do You Know Your Colleagues?

7. What Do Teachers Need?

8. Additional Formal Teacher Observations

9. Rethinking School's Social Tone

10. Promoting Multigrade Moments

11. What You'd Like Them to Understand About . . .?

12. Manhattan New School Newsletter: Summer and Autumn Wish List

13. Handwriting Letter to Families

14. Letter to Families About Children's Work Habits, J. Hindley

15. Classroom Newsletter, P. Mayer

16. A Few Poems from Poetry Folder for Parents

17. PTA Donation Letter

18. Be a Buddy to a New MNS Family!!

19. Content Area Survey

20. Status of the Staff Colleague Letter

21. Yearly Schoolwide Portfolio Tasks

22. Quotes to Ponder at Staff Get-Togethers

23. Reader Response Sheet-What Really Matters

24. Learning to Say Difficult Things in Acceptable Ways

25. Bibliography of Book Club Choices

26. Letter to Student Teachers

27. Response Letter to Visitor Requests

28. Visitor Return Form

29. Background Materials About Our School

30. Things We're Working on Worksheets

Editorial Reviews

?[This book] is irresistible. . . . I just wish I had put all of Shelley's ideas into practice yesterday. Thank you, thank you, Shelley. How ever did you find the time-to create the school itself and write so wonderfully about it??-Deborah Meier Author of The Power of Their Ideas