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What Public Schools Can Learn from Private Schools

It is easy to assume that public and private schools are too different to compare, especially when considering the challenges of public school reform. But, as WW’s Acting President Stephanie J. Hull writes in Education Week, the two may have more to learn from each other than it would seem:

A number of the ways in which many (admittedly privileged) independent schools achieve their impressive learning outcomes—such as high standardized-test scores, strong graduation rates, and distinguished college admissions—are actually well within reach of public schools.

Dr. Hull goes on to outline six practices—public-private partnerships, sabbaticals, a focus on content and shared culture, flexible scheduling, building community through activities, and teacher-centered professional development—that public schools could borrow from private schools. Read the full article here.


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