Monthly Archives: September 2010

Monday Aug 16

September 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm, by

I would like to share thoughts about four significant aspects of building GCE.  Each of these comes through a short video.  But there’s also some info included below. Glossary of Terms (key terms to understand GCE, please scroll to the bottom of the FAQ page) Glossary of Terms from GCE on Vimeo. Creating the Official School Calendar 2010-2011 […]

Monday August 9th 2010

September 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm, by

After an exciting day learning about and practicing social media techniques (FB, Twitter, Hootsuite…), we spent the afternoon discussing student assessment and grades.  We came to some fascinating conclusions. First, narratives are essential if we are to effectively communicate the nuances of student experience and learning. Second, grades are completely disconnected from grade point average.  It blows me away […]

Friday Aug 6th 2010

September 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm, by

Today’s blog is a little different.  We closed the week with a “group blog” activity akin to “one-word stories.”  The way it works is that someone starts a sentence and then the rest of the group contributes words or phrases.  After one week, this is a mini-version of what our core staff had to say… […]

First Week – ¿Quiénes somos?

September 13, 2010 at 9:19 am, by

We were all ready to start, were so anxious… some of them were shy, some spoke up, some were drawing, some were playing instruments, but at the end of the day, we were all playing in the yard… Now we know more about all of us, students as well as staff, we all shared our first few days Read More…

Tuesday August 3rd

September 13, 2010 at 8:23 am, by

Tuesday August 3, 2010 was our first day of professional development.  Really, it was our first day of GCE Chicago High School.  Fifteen years of professional experience lead me to this day – the day when a group of instructors, staff, and advisory board members came together to begin the process of taking hold of an Read More…

My first day at work…

September 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm, by

could not have been more perfect. It was a beautiful, sunny, windy day. Not too hot, not too cold, just right. From my office i heard students laughing, playing the guitar, locker doors opening and closing, drums playing, discussions about eating meat or not eating meat = music…the sound of high school students. i have Read More…

GCE’s Open House

September 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm, by

I had a wonderful evening meeting students, parents, community members and supporters of GCE and its mission. i truly felt blessed and appreciative of so much acceptance and yearning for reform. It dawned on me that what i was a part of was much bigger than GCE. There is a much bigger force moving, guiding Read More…

Day 1

September 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm, by

Not all of us speak erudite English I don’t but one of us shouts soccer or talks basketball another fluently says music or sings a French melody suddenly perceives emotional signs like a lynx or reveals emotional signs like a Sphynx one has always a dialogue inside another, a philosophical investigation inside one mastered kindness […]

Open the Gates

September 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm, by

After a month training, we had the Open Night of GCE, our school. Some time to breath, little to think, zero to write and that’s why these words are delayed. What did I experience? What did I expect? How did my sense of GCE changed? I felt the time was passing too fast to meet […]

Make No Little Plans

September 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm, by

Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood….make big plans, aim high in hope and work. Daniel H. Burnham Our kick off party was a joy last week.  So many people are drawn to GCE’s mission, Eric’s vision and track record, and now to each other.  Our task is now to be precise in our self-assessment Read More…