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T4CW 12.14.09: Linda Nathan and Boston's Art Academy
The teachers interviewed Linda Nathan this week. She's the author of "The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School," about her experience as founding headmaster of Boston's only public high school for the visual and performing arts, the Boston Arts Academy. We also hear from ARE, the Association of Raza Educators, some of whom traveled to Chicago for a Teachers 4 Social Justice conference there, plus news of school closures in LA and Oakland. 1 hr. 8 min. 19 sec. Stereo MP3
Nathan has worked on issues of school reform in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, and teaches a course called “Building Democratic Schools” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. But she has some bay area roots, too, having earned her bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley in addition to a master’s in education administration at Antioch University, a master’s of performing arts at Emerson College, and her doctorate in education at Harvard University.
Always interested in alternative models, experiments in education, and a different way of doing things, we talked about the structure of Boston Arts Academy, and the limitations of the "pilot" school including an application process for admission to the school.
The A.R.E. audio comes from Luis Antonio Perez, Host/Producer for 89.5 FM in Chicago.
The Oakland audio comes from a trailer for the film "A Village United" about the closure of East Oakland Community High School back in 2007.