Schools & Ecosystems offers socio-ecological perspectives on education reform.
We believe that views and stratagems affirming the complexity of a school are sorely lacking in much of the current discourse and policy on public education. To this end, we offer commentary and analysis grounded by the analogy of a school as an ecosystem.
For a more in-depth introduction to our model of Schools as Ecosystems, check out our collaborative post on Chalkbeat NY:
About the Authors
- Mark Anderson works as an instructional specialist in ELA and special education in the Bronx. He has developed curriculum for LearnZillion and is an alum of Coro NY, a member of E4E, and a Policy Fellow with America Achieves. Originally from California, he used to live next to a wilderness area in Lake Tahoe, where he cleaned many a bathroom with non-toxic solutions he made himself. His writing has also been published on The Core Knowledge Blog, Chalkbeat NY, Education Week, ASCD Express, Albany Times Union, and The Education Gadfly.
- Will Johnson teaches special education at a private high school in New York. Before teaching, he worked in journalism and construction. As a teacher, his areas of specialization are writing, poetry and global history. He was a winner of NBC Education Nation’s 2011 Teacher Essay Contest, and his writing has been published in The NY Times, The Nation, Labor Notes, Chalkbeat NY, Jacobin, and MacMillan’s Encyclopedia of Race and Racism.
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