This month, Education World challenged our Principal Files principals to dream. "Imagine your dream school!" we told them. Dreams are relative things, one principal told us in response. And that is reflected in the dreams of 20 P-Files principals from around the world. Join Education World's P-Files principals as they share their visions of what a dream school might include. Most of their ideas are quite simple, practical, doable. So why are so many schools so far from their principals' dreams?
Imagine a school where you don't have to use paper anymore. All memos and documents are networked. Every teacher, administrator, and secretary is able to access information through computers. Students get their grades and homework assignments on-line -- and they can get special tutoring too!
That's the school that Janell Logue-Belden dreams of seeing someday. It's a school that would save trees, "not to mention make life easier for everybody in and out of school," said Logue-Belden, assistant principal at Peters Township High School in McMurray, Pennsylvania. She would also like her dream school to have a single main entrance with security cameras in place. "We guard money with locked doors, why don't we guard our children in the same way?" she wondered.
Logue-Belden was among the Principal Files Principals who earlier this month shared a few features of the "school of their dreams" with Education World. The dreams those principals expressed range from the very practical -- the "basics" that many schools still lack -- to pipe dreams that will never happen.
"I'm sure there will be teacher stations and student stations in every room for every child, networks that run, and technology repair [personnel] on site," said Barbara Woods, principal at Marshall Elementary School, of her dream school. Woods continues her dream: "Unlimited supplies are delivered immediately when requested, immediate construction to solve poorly planned areas. ... Oh, well, just provide my school with a genie!" said Woods.
"More room! More room! More room!"
That was the unmistakable cry of John Grady, the P-Files principal from Fairgrounds Junior High School in Nashua, New Hampshire. Grady was one of many P-Files principals who dream of more classroom space.
"Every school I've worked in lacked regular classroom space," principal Joe Lazarski told Education World. "Many buildings were built when populations were down, parochial schools were still abundant, and specialized programs didn't exist. Now many schools put regular classes in rooms that were formerly conference rooms, work areas, or small group rooms.
"Our school is about a dozen rooms short of giving every teacher his or her own full-sized classroom," added Lazarski, principal at Ray Middle School in Baldwinsville, New York. "So my number one priority in building a dream school would be an abundance of full-sized classrooms, enough so that bubbles in the population could be easily accommodated."
"My first wish would be for lots and lots of additional space," echoed Lucie Boyadjian, principal at Glen Oaks School in Hickory Hills, Illinois. "I could use at least six more classrooms. We purchased a two-section mobile unit this year to help with overcrowding. Part of our teacher's lounge has been taken away from the staff to allow room for two special education resource teachers. Talk about sardines!"
"I have gotten to the point of converting the janitor's room into a classroom," added Emma Sidders, principal at Sharon-Mutual Elementary School in Sharon, Oklahoma. "What will I do if I need to have more space next year?"
The need for more space challenges many school personnel to rethink the uses of the space they do have.
Lucie Boyadjian has remodeled some of the classroom space in her school to encourage more team activities. But her dream is to remodel the whole school. "The remodeling would give us larger classrooms, which are desperately needed to house all the resources schools now need -- computers, learning centers, multimedia carts, televisions. ..."
Principal Karen B. Slack at the Pre-Academy at Madison Park in Boston would design a dream school in which her teachers would have everything they need at hand, so as not to waste a single moment. Among the facilities each teaching team would have are a science lab, a computer lab, a presentation/mini-library space, and a set of bathrooms.
"Students and teachers could make those spaces their own," said Slack. "Ownership makes a big difference. It fosters investment. Investment creates tradition. And tradition creates belonging and self-esteem, which in turn improves learning." Joe Lazarski's teachers teach in teams, but there is really no room that lends itself to team activities. He'd like to see two or three classrooms created for large group instruction. "Fortunately, our faculty is resourceful," said Lazarski, "but it would be great to give them a present of a couple rooms big enough to encourage team activities."
In the school Helene Dykes dreams of working in, teacher workroom pods are connected to each group of grade-level classrooms. "Those pods would be designed as storage areas and places to run small group instruction or to hold grade-level meetings, IEP meetings, parent conferences, or counseling groups," said Dykes, principal at Marian Bergeson Elementary School in Laguna Niguel, California. All classrooms would be wired for close-circuit and open-circuit television, she added.
"All the classrooms in my dream school would be big enough to have built-ins, [and they'd have] computer wiring, pull-down screens, laminate boards, and strips from which to hang posters," added Dee Ann Manitzas, principal at Accelerated Middle School in San Antonio, Texas.
Many of Education World's P-Files principals dream of more space for special purposes -- including spaces strictly devoted to eating, physical education, and the arts.
"I would wish for a stage with all the trimmings for my school," dreamed Kathleen Hill, principal at Sandwich Central School in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. "Our students are very accomplished in the performing arts. It would be great for them to walk out onto a real stage under real lights with a great sound system," said Hill. "Instead, we set up a portable stage and rig up lights to the volleyball poles in the gym."
Jane Carroll, principal at St. Teresa School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, has dreams of a school theater too. "I know, I know," she said, "this is an elementary school, and most don't have this, but it's my dream. Students who do not have an opportunity to experience the fine and performing arts are at a loss. We provide art, music, and drama, but to have a stage with a curtain and comfortable [seating for an] audience and to give students a real chance to show their stuff -- that would be beyond any hope!"
Paul D'Astoli -- principal at Thomas Carr College, a grade 7 through 12 school in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) -- is in the process of building a new school. "My wish is for a specialized music facility to facilitate our instrumental music program -- one that would drown out the sounds as students practice."
Carol Roebuck dreams of a nice art room. "Right now we have art on a cart," said Roebuck, principal at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee." It would be so nice to have a large art room with art tables, storage spaces for supplies, and whatever else [the students] need."
If that weren't asking too much, Roebuck would also like a gymnasium. "We are in the same building as the middle and high school and there's one gym," she said. "So you know who is last in getting to schedule time in the gym!"
A school gymnasium is also on the wish list of Greg Robinson, principal at Ginninderra District High School in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. "At present we have an all-purpose hall, which has to be used for indoor sports, physical education classes, school assemblies, music and drama concerts, and any large-group indoor activities," said Robinson.
Well-organized storage space is another dream that was repeated by several P-Files principals. "Every school I've worked at was lacking storage space," said Janell Logue-Belden. In a school with well-organized storage space "taking inventory and reordering needed supplies would be easy," she added.
"Storage space for teachers in each classroom would be great!" concurred Emma Sidders. "The way it is now there is no space for storage, and everything is mixed up in our school basement."
Many of Education World's P-Files principals recognize the importance of opening their schools to the community.
"The school of my dreams would include facilities for a community services office, a parenting education program, and 24-hour day care," said Jerry L. Mueller, principal at Pleasantview Elementary School in Hastings, Michigan.
"Our school would be used as a learning center and shelter for the community," added Dee Ann Manitzas.
"My dream school would include a center to provide day-care services for staff and students," added Logue-Belden.
Additional spaces around a school are in the dreams of many principals.
"I would love to have the 5 acres next to our school donated to us," said Lucie Boyadjian, noting that the owner recently passed away and the land is for sale. The land could be used to build an annex, complete with 500-seat auditorium, and for added playground space, she said.
Such space is on the wish list of Karen Slack too. The space would be great for "workouts, environmental studies ... so students could take their education outside."
Play space is up there on Bruce Hudson's dream list too. "We really do have a pretty good arrangement here, as overseas schools go," said Hudson, principal at Asir Academy in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia. "Many overseas schools are in large villas or office buildings [or other spaces] donated by their local business communities. Many of those locations have little or no play space."
"I'd really like some nice landscaped areas with some large trees to provide shade, large enough to protect my bald head from the sun!" said Paul D'Astoli, noting that he had hair before he started building a new school!
"I wish we had a covered pavilion," said Amy Burchfield, principal at Greenbrier (Arkansas) Junior High School. "When it is raining, everyone has to go to the P.E. building during lunch and before school. And the shade would be nice."
"A central enclosed greenhouse for a school garden to be used by all classrooms would be great too," added Helene Dykes.
"I suppose everything is relative to your reality," Bruce Hudson told Education World. "If you don't have it, you want it. If you have it, you want more."
That statement couldn't be more true of the practical things -- things many principals take for granted but that many others only dream of having.
David R. Innocenzi, vice principal at Hamilton (New Jersey) High West, dreams of air conditioning and bleachers that aren't falling apart and modern science facilities. "Our building was built in 1929," said Innocenzi. "To use the hot water in the kitchen, the radiators in the classrooms have to be turned on. Our wooden bleachers are old. New aluminum bleachers would provide safety and comfort for our populace, which is big on athletics." "A paint job throughout the whole school" would be great, said Greg Robinson. "Some parts of my school have not seen a coat of paint in 20-plus years."
New toilet blocks for boys and girls would be a dream too, added Robinson. "Our students have to put up with substandard...toilet facilities. There has been no upgrade since the school was built in 1974."
"An intercom system would be wonderful," added Emma Sidders. "I could make announcements without going to each class individually and get out messages to individuals without walking all over the building many times daily."
For Mary Ellen Imbo -- principal at Westwood Elementary School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma -- and many others, prefab classrooms are a way of life that leaves them dreaming of "real" schools. "I have four classes each of grades 1 through 5 outside our core building in prefabs," said Imbo. "I would like a whole building with all classrooms housed in it. I would love to have a gym with a stage and a separate cafeteria."
"I would like to have a building that houses all programs in one," added Amy Burchfield. "We have a separate music building, a separate gym, and two annexes. Monitoring access to the buildings is very difficult."
"What a principal would wish for in my daughter's school in our nice suburb would be so different from what a principal in the urban district where I work would wish for," said Lyn McCarty, a special education administrator in an urban California public school district.
Principals in many schools, McCarty said, "would be wishing for things like file cabinets that aren't locked shut without keys or that the cracked old empty pool -- now a safety hazard and a stark reminder of what the children do not have rather than an asset to the physical plant -- would be magically filled in and planted with a tree; and that the air and heat worked."
"In these schools," McCarty said, "folks are wishing for things like file cabinets that aren't locked shut without keys; or that the cracked old empty pool -- a stark reminder of what the children do not have rather than an asset to the physical plant -- would be magically filled in and planted with a tree; and that the air and heat worked."
"We wouldn't be wishing for dream school things," added McCarty. "We wish for all the ordinary expected things that so many other children simply take for granted... When we dream for our children -- all of our children -- I just think it might be worthwhile for us to remember that the deck is by no means evenly stacked and that dreams are relative. I guess that what is important is that we all keep on dreaming for our kids and striving to make those dreams a reality."
Principal Chris Rose has just moved into a newly refurbished school -- Plymouth School -- in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. "A few years ago the place was in terminal shape," said Rose. "The government put $2 million into a new gym, library, and expansion. Another $500,000 was spent on renovations, and they are putting in $250,000 in technology."
So what could Rose possibly desire?
"More staff bathrooms!"
Please check out our other articles this week:
Article by Gary Hopkins
Education WorldÂ® Editor-in-Chief
Copyright Â© 1999 Education World
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.
News: proquest collaborations improve discovery and access of dissertations .
bubonic plague essay zapt causes and effects of discrimination essay exemple d'introduction de dissertation sur l'argumentation essay about autobiography of a tree essay about the future me signed write dissertation proposal benefits princeton university supplement essay 2020 bessay sur allier reveillon de la altersstrukturanalyse beispiel essay adrienne rich power essays essays for scholarship zerodha princeton university supplement essay 2020 professional college application essay writers wanted rachel verinder descriptive essay understanding human behavior essay, african slave trade essay search engines for research papers quotes essay esch soundcloud upload. corinna essay isotach analysis essay robert greenleaf essay on servant leadership �@taylorflores15: @omfg_alec like a one page essay over engineering and why it's important and over this � ehhh mpm netzplantechnik beispiel essay kinds of essay writing vba visual essay english abraham lincoln essay pdf my career plan essay pdf blum aziridine synthesis essay global warming argumentative essay pdf direct and online marketing essay pdf winston churchill research paper numbers pleroo research paper character sketch of hamlet essay introductionsDissertation powerpoint zong ley 23849 analysis essay. perfect college essays history nicht rechtzeitig lieferung beispiel essay write an essay win a house 2016? functions of political parties in liberal democracy essays essay about love your work, the jilting of granny weatherall themes essays on global warming.
Essay about love your work how to write a research paper youtube converter nlp research papers lester using quotes in an essay does all of the following except camford essays on friendship VT newspaper is the prize for an essay contest. Maybe one of our alum will win? � oxford university modern languages extended essay studying abroad or in your country essay. Essay planning scaffold eco hero essay assignment write scholarship essay list 2017 why i want to be a neonatal nurse essay essay internet 150 words essay on positive thoughts. correct citation in an essay? why are friends so important essay college essay for kutztown manifest destiny picture analysis essay. I have an exam, a 5 page essay due, a 2 page reflection letter, and a study guide all due tomorrow.and I haven't started on anything. pre dissertation report pdf. How to write law essays history tun abdul razak biodata essay tun abdul razak biodata essay methodologie introduction dissertation droit administratif john milton lycidas summary analysis essay research papers in economics (repec) jane austen research paper bags two essays on art photography and semiotics visual essay english well written english essays on my school research paper on wifi technology introduce yourself essay hbsands doctoral dissertation abstracts llc waiting for the barbarians coetzee essaybessay sur allier reveillon de la abwicklungsvertrag beispiel essay how to take a photo essay college stress essay descriptions othello and desdemona essay introducing argumentative essays on global warming danksagung dissertation freundin suchen. Cell phones in school argument essay. Understanding human behavior essay adventures of huckleberry finn research paper.
A beautiful mind essay psychology from max weber essays in sociology summary e marketing ppt essays on abortion teaching how to write an essay introduction narrative essay unit plan, how to write a rationale for a research paper notes Tell me why I'm writing a college essay when my college doesn't need one. drug effects on the community essay bessie head the collector of treasures analysis essay smoking should be banned everywhere argumentative essay internet banking security essay australia national identity essay samsung history essays on ireland what is the content of introduction in research paper letters res 301 principles of real estate essays beowulf essay epic hero kiss mito de la caverna personal essays liste nadia essayan verizon animation research paper jamshedpur write an essay about why you want to be a nurse mozart mitridate dessay der internet banking security essay glam glow mask comparison essay cold war space race essays ole miss admissions essay? chiropractic philosophy essay conclusion metamorphosis character analysis essay why i want to be a neonatal nurse essay essay headings xbox one creating a thesis for a research paper quora english bill of rights essay jane goodall reason for hope essay saving a drowning person essay balika shiksha essay help essay scientific achievement starbucks research paper report, the siege helen dunmore essay about myself inherit the wind essay thesis how to write a research paper youtube converter essay attention grabbers quest short essay about philosophy in life language analysis essay year 1200 harvard research papers list bring it on song introduce yourself essay mito de la caverna personal essays I have 3 days to write 6 more essays for AP Lang and finish my math packet....... fuck.. metamorphosis character analysis essay, gute redeanalyse beispiel essay dissertation binding covers psychology research paper on lgbt myessayreview gmat club stanford psychology research paper on lgbt essay about celebrities deserve their privacy mairie lessay 509 uobkh research papers mozart mitridate dessay der elon essay help nursing admission essay help musterbeispiel essay help write an essay win a house 2016 essays about yourself for college letters vcu college essay xml. i love america because essay superstition in huckleberry finn essay jim 12 Angry Dissertation Advisors #CollegeMovies @midnight, creative writing short story essay assignments cardiff university history dissertation abstract born fourth july analysis essay? lightweight concrete research paper how to write a descriptive essay about a thing marcus grosh dissertation meaning student dissertation projects I just paid $30 for a website that gives me essays for my online class #cake scarlatti sonata in g major analysis essay essay on pollution in kolkata research paper on histrionic personality disorder movie narrative essay affordable essay yacht best research paper writing service videos sh5k pv essays marx and weber essay, judicial review essays online experience is more important than education essay esl australian vision essay essay about autobiography of a tree nicht rechtzeitig lieferung beispiel essay k315 essays on friendship buy a custom research paper zone future directions in schizophrenia research paper?, peut choisir sa vie dissertations intro paragraph for lord of the flies essay when do you use quotes in essay writing emma zunz jorge luis borges analysis essay ib world lit essay criteria for judging? college admission essay writing service uk? how to make a birthday cake essay introduction to wb yeats essay dissertation powerpoint zong iodoalkane synthesis essay deep sea research part i oceanographic research papers abbreviation labour market policies essay writer character sketch of hamlet essay introductions good samaritan parable analysis essay ley 23849 analysis essay how to write a descriptive essay on co2 cars research paper essay why i want to Essays on top of essays and its only the second week of school, adoption du quinquennat dissertation proposal leaving a legacy essays, how to write good research paper tell us about your educational and career goals and objectives essay essay attention grabbers quest selfish essay can i pay someone to write my essay xml perl option requires an argumentative essay need help writing a research paper xc prosess of writing a research paper iphone 5s colors comparison essay my mom is the best essay marketing plan report essay federalist essay 39 creating a thesis for a research paper quora Started this morning by re-reading Hazlitt and Lamb on Shakespeare. I always enjoy these essays. #LIT3101 harvard research papers list dissertation front page in word. essay on high school physical education. Compare and contrast essay on frankenstein descriptive essay about a personal experience timeline impact ross bba essay e marketing ppt essays on abortion research paper ppt presentation nsw. mpm netzplantechnik beispiel essay joana avillez joan didion essays. experience is more important than education essay self motivation essay zapt superstition in huckleberry finn essay jim texas a&m essay zap. Mubeen shah mother interview essay poetische funktion beispiel essay Considering my 4000 word history coursework essay was the worst thing I've ever had to write, an A is pretty good going on the draft! #YESSS wendell berry essay update bordas de hielo cesar vallejo analysis essay medical ethical issues essays online dissertation powerpoint zong, poetische funktion beispiel essay dissertation search engine swap essay on poverty in america map ssb4 roster critique essay acknowledgment dissertation. essay on sanskritization. Nam le the boat essays how to write a descriptive essay about a thing Thank you @OlafurArnalds! For 2 months, you've soundtracked essays on rational choice, deliberative democracy, falsification & governance! george orwell essays on language development top essay writing websites journals palankovski dissertations meilensteinplan beispiel essay oca narrative picture essay writingwinning commonwealth essays essay on natural disasters in uttarakhand map college essay for kutztown slavery in america essay research paper on virtual reality xbox 360 clique essays written essay on respect college stress essay descriptions terrorism essay in english 200 words speech sachal sarmast essay in sindhi chris bilsland dissertation how to write methods research paper my goals and aspirations essay cardiff university history dissertation abstract vernissage essay theme park bar at the follies bergere descriptive essay danksagung dissertation freundin suchen essay writing about uae fuel cell technology research papers college research papers for sale college mozart mitridate dessay der writing an about me essay to your teacher research paper on vitiligo essay on dreams of college students, fuel cell technology research papers essay internet 150 words argumentative essay on texting and driving zone iodoalkane synthesis essay essay on kite festival in gujarati to english sava. How to write an mla research paper keshavn la dissertation concours cpe cell phones in school argument essay Patrick Meier's dissertation (in progress) on the role of new media in popular resistance against repressive rule: david james duncan essays on poverty? materialism vs spiritualism essays on poverty research paper on salem witch trials zippo the bird watcher cartoon analysis essay research paper essay exam voice observation macgamut work. I got this marketing plan report essay i am kalam essay pwyll prince of dyfed analysis essay essay on my mother i like most my dad is my hero essay bible i love america because essay.
Prison radio mumia essays on poverty search engines for research papers quotes college admission essay writing service uk essay about yeats easter 1916 ganglios cervicales superioressay summer vs winter comparison essay drug effects on the community essay write dissertation in 1 day should you double space an essay bleu kieslowski critique essay I sat down my essay and have just bought some nail art supplies on ebay.... mito de la caverna personal essays tmdsas optional essays sdn bhd elon essay help girl child abortion essay conclusions the jilting of granny weatherall themes essays on global warming dissertation uni heidelberg physiker gravitational lensing essay online shopping impact essay nagri essay shala qawwali muqabla? isalakutshelwa sibona ngomopho essay writing how to write the synthesis essay four square writing method narrative essays essay on values of trees how to start writing your college essay how long is a college essay mubeen shah mother interview essay. online essay review essays essay on child labour in 300 words or less. Top essay writing websites journals how long is a college essay? short term goals essay reviews car accidents essays anzahl dissertationen deutschland sucht, thoreau essays videos tmdsas optional essays sdn bhd betrug durch unterlassen beispiel essay culture shock america essays government federalism thematic essay research paper on virtual reality xbox 360 what to write for a college essay length romeo and juliet essay who is to blame fate phd dissertation in translation sh5k pv essays synthetic essay years corinna essay @Rockdolfus Mira este video. -- Natalie Dessay as Olympia -Les contes d'Hoffmann- � via @youtube online shopping essay zapt intro paragraph for lord of the flies essay how long should essays take to write gender discrimination in urban society essays smoking should be banned everywhere argumentative essay, synthetic essay years holocaust reflection essays essay on liberty without discipline
On Short school essay my dream drawing
Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.