The National Classroom, Inc.
Building workable solutions to educational problems
of the 21st century TM

16 Beals Street, Brookline MA 02446

                          barney.brawer@thenationalclassroom.com (617) 905-3156
katharine.scheid@thenationalclassroom.com (617) 753-1690
judy.gates@thenationalclassroom.com (339) 440-2853
claryce.evans@thenationalclassroom.com (617) 776-6515
john.oleary@thenationalclassroom.com (617) 739-9772

                  Please click here for the prospectus of our Ocean Studies and Climate Change curriculum project.

The National Classroom's curriculum work has been built upon the vision of curriculum development embodied in a project in the 1970's known as the Whole Earth Curriculum. That perspective is described beautifully in a 1976 article by Roger Landrum, director of the project, The Warp and Woof of Curriculum Development. Click here for Roger's article.

As we enter the era of Common Core State Standards, it is helpful to understand Massachusetts' experience with its recent academic standards and an achievement testing system considered among the best in the nation. The attached document, Defining and Requiring Academic Achievement: Carnegie Units, MCAS, and the Meaning of a High School Diploma, describes in detail the following:
  • the history of diploma requirements in the United States
  • the educational and political dynamics which led to the creation of Massachusetts' MCAS tests and the legal challenge to the test as a diploma requirement
  • the academic content of MCAS
  • performance patterns of the first five years: by race, Special Needs, Limited English Proficiency, urban and suburban schools, growth, and "gaps"
  • challenges for the future.
Click here for the report, Defining and Requiring Academic Achievement.

Please click here for the transcript of Putting Our Money Where Our Future Is: Strategies for Divesting and Investing.
This presentation, sponsored by Climate Action Brookline on March 9, 2015, describes the movement to lead universities, pension funds, and other institutional investors to divest from fossil fuel companies and explains how individuals and organizations can invest in clean energy alternatives.

We are seeking resources to implement our Entering History proposal. Please click here for a copy of that document.

The National Classroom, Inc. is distributing a powerful film about race, education, and personal transformation: Walk Right In, the story of the Yale Summer High School. Click here for a short description of the film. For further information, please contact Barney Brawer by email or phone, as listed above.

Please click here to read It's Our Turn: What We Owe to Future Generations, a personal mission statement by Barney Brawer, president of The National Classroom, Inc.


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