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Education Model in New Zealand (Part 2)

New Zealand has one of the most decentralized school systems in the world. The organizational unit is the school. Carolyn Marino has taken full advantage of this. In her school, she rules. She has a board made up of five elected parents, a teacher representative, a student and herself. Together, they make all the decisions affecting the school. When they received funding from the Ministry of...

Posted By James Minichello | 10/26/2014 9:55:34 AM

Education Model in New Zealand (Part 1)

Westmere School Principal Carolyn Marino addressing the AASA People to People delegation in Auckland. I thought I had died and gone to education heaven. Principal Carolyn Marino greeted me as we were getting off the bus in front of her school by asking me why in the world were we visiting a school in total disarray because of major construction. “Uh oh,” I thought. “Did somebody make a...

Posted By James Minichello | 10/23/2014 10:04:26 AM

Reading Recovery: Where it all Began

AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech next to Christine Boocock, Project Director for the Reading Recovery program in New Zealand, and members of her staff. I first became familiar with Reading Recovery when I became superintendent in Fairfax County, Va. At the time, the school district had one of the largest Reading Recovery programs in the U.S. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to...

Posted By James Minichello | 10/22/2014 5:57:58 AM

Australia’s New South Wales Government Schools

Judy Thompson is with the New South Wales Government Schools. She is proud of what the Australian public schools have accomplished, but at the same time she admits that much work is yet to be done. Australia has a national curriculum but its states, like New South Wales, have much to say about how that curriculum is implemented. As is the case in the U.S., the Australian states are weary of...

Posted By James Minichello | 10/21/2014 3:08:45 PM

AASA President David Pennington visits the Abbotsleigh Girls School in Sydney, Australia

The AASA International Seminar has taken us down under this year. We are visiting one of the top ranked independent schools in Australia, the 130 years old Abbotsleigh Girls School in Sydney. On two campuses, the school offers a pre-school to 12th grade program for students that can afford the $18,000 to $30,000 tuition, depending on grade level. Headmistress Judith Poole harkens from Southern ...

Posted By James Minichello | 10/20/2014 3:41:28 PM

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