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Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum 2010: Demanding Education that Matters, Nov. 10-13, SF CA. Help us spread the word!

The Coalition of Essential Schools invites Educator's PLN members to San Francisco to Fall Forum: Demanding Education that Matters,a professional development experience for K-12 educators featuring powerful exchanges of innovative practices and democratic policies that increase equitable student achievement. Fall Forum offers a range of solutions and approaches from schools and districts effectively serving a wide range of student populations and communities. We're posting here because we want to work with thoughtful, networked educators to get the word out about Fall Forum, which will provide incredible resources for professional growth and effective, principle-driven teaching and learning. As many of you know, it's a tough year to ask folks to pay for travel to a face to face conference. Tough - but not impossible. We planned this event 2 years about under different circumstances--it's likely CES's last big face-to-face gathering on a national level. So catch it while you can, and help us let others know about it.

Fall Forum is the embodiment of more than 25 years of principled and proved educational practices that support all young people in all communities to learn to use their minds well. Drawing from the CES network of hundreds of schools and affiliated organizations, Fall Forum provides support, insight, and real answers about what works to create and sustain great schools for the long haul. Fall Forum presents sessions for practitioners by practitioners, using Ted Sizer's "conversation among friends" description as a guideline for organization.

Fall Forum opens on Wednesday, November 10 with a range of day-long school visits to Bay Area elementary, middle and high schools—district and charter schools, new start-ups and long-established schools—all implementing innovative strategies and approaches to reach every learner and develop the potential and effectiveness of all educators.

On Thursday, November 11. Fall Forum continues with day-long pre-conference sessions that delve deeply into creating meaningful teaching and learning and sustaining lasting school change. Sessions include:
  • Fine-Tuning Rigorous Project Based Learning for the 21st Century
  • Inquiry for Equity: Getting Beyond the Data
  • Giving Good Ideas a Fighting Chance: A Model for Implementing Successful and Sustainable School Transformation
  • Youth Forum: Transformation through the Arts
See the Fall Forum website at for the full line-up of pre-conference sessions, and for a spotlight on Thursday night’s opening session featuring New York University professor and author Pedro Noguera.

Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 offer two full days of over 150 workshops, interest groups, and other sessions organized into nine content strands:
  • Assessment
  • Equitable Organizational Practices & Policy
  • Equitable Teaching & Learning-Curriculum
  • Equitable Teaching & Learning-Instruction
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Policy & Advocacy, Professional Learning
  • Service-Learning
  • The Transformation Process
  • Youth Leadership.
Featured speakers include Deborah Meier, Julian Weissglass, Linda Nathan, Kathleen Cushman, and more. Visit to see the full range of workshops, featured speakers and sessions, daily or full-conference rates, and more information for this connection to
powerful school transformation practices.

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