At any given moment, I am some combination of the following: A teacher, thinker, advocate, writer, and student. A wife, sister, daughter, friend, and party-goer. A cook, knitter, reader, musician, and traveler. I have a sarcastic sense of humor, but I'm totally willing to give you the shirt off my back if it looks like you need it. (Kinda like lemon meringue...always seeking that balance between tart and sweet.)
Sabrina has written 8 posts for Cooperative Catalyst

Taking Time to Practice Democracy #yearatMH

originally posted at the IDEA Blog. Are we ‘school-year’ wise, but lifetime foolish? Immediately after finishing the first video chapter of “A Year at Mission Hill,” I went over to the school’s website and read their mission statement. I was first struck by just how beautiful it is; their care and dedication to “helping parents … Continue reading

Democracy in, democracy out.

This post is cross-posted from the recently launched Reclaiming Reform project. Public schools are not merely schools for the public, but schools of publicness: institutions where we learn what it means to be a public and start down the road toward common national and civic identity. —Benjamin Barber Watching the election-year (or really, election year-and-a-half) … Continue reading

What’s wrong with this picture?

Here in Denver, new mayor Michael Hancock and several corporate-funded education advocacy organizations are hosting a series of education forums under the name “More From Our Schools: Deeper Dialogue on Education Issues“. So far, it looks like ideological balance is going to be a big issue for this “deeper dialogue”– right now, the only confirmed … Continue reading

Why I’m Marching

Cross-posted from The Huffington Post and Daily Kos The development of common standards and shared assessments radically alters the market for innovation in curriculum development, professional development, and formative assessments. Previously, these markets operated on a state-by-state basis, and often on a district-by-district basis. But the adoption of common standards and shared assessments means that … Continue reading

Reclaiming the Table

Over the past few months, I’ve started to feel cautiously hopeful that things might be taking a turn for the better. It started when I read and signed the Declaration of Professional Conscience for Teachers earlier this year, and continued as I watched groups like Parents Across America pick up steam, and as I got … Continue reading

How do successful school systems treat teachers?

(Published on The Huffington Post on December 11, 2010) The recent release of two important reports led me to ask this question. The National Education Policy Center shared a brief that reviews available research on several different aspects of teacher evaluation and makes recommendations for a comprehensive approach to teacher evaluation. If different measures, like observation (by … Continue reading

What does it mean to be well-educated?

This post originally appeared on my site a few months ago, and is running today on the Huffington Post. Read, then weigh in! “What does it mean to be well-educated?” This is another one of those simple, but complicated questions I consider daily. Whenever I summarize my view for others, I say something along the … Continue reading

Don’t Hate, Collaborate! (Or, having fun while doing “serious” learning)

Hey, all! I’m Sabrina, a teacher-turned-activist in the Denver Metro Area. I teach upper elementary school children in struggling schools, and am taking this year off from the classroom to help counter some of the destructive strands in the current school reform movement. At the end of last year, after the tests were over and … Continue reading

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