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Presentation on Core Curriculum Charter School on Tuesday

North Bay Educational Foundation is holding a meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on a new core curriculum model for a charter school in Novato.

North Bay Educational Foundation Announces Public Meeting to Detail Curriculum and Methodology for New Pre-K – 8 Charter School in Novato Core

Knowledge Teachers to Present ‘A Day in the Life of a Core Knowledge Student’  

WHAT: The purpose of this public meeting is to provide a detailed explanation of the Core Knowledge curriculum and methodology as it would be utilized in Marin County’s first Core Knowledge public charter school. Two teachers (second grade and fourth grade) from Rocklin Academy Core Knowledge charter schools will present an overview of what students learn and how they learn it in a Core Knowledge classroom. In addition, there will be opportunities for interested community members to get involved in bringing this progressive educational opportunity to Novato. 

WHEN:  Tuesday June 26, 2012, 6:30pm 

WHO: North Bay Educational Foundation (NBEF) 

WHERE: Best Western Novato Oaks, 215 Alameda del Prado, Novato 

WHY: In response to the growing community interest in educational options, a group of NUSD parents, under the organization North Bay Educational Foundation (NBEF), has joined together to bring a unique and forward-thinking Pre-K through eighth grade public school to Novato.  Spanish language translation will be available.

Childcare will not be provided at this meeting due to space constraints.   

Please email northbayedu@gmail.com with RSVP in the subject line if you plan to attend. Note:  RSVPs are requested for planning purposes only and are not required to attend. 

*Please forward this meeting notice to anyone who might be interested. 

About North Bay Educational Foundation: North Bay Educational Foundation offers a public charter school dedicated to fostering equity in excellence for students in Pre-K through 8th grade.  This new school leverages the Core Knowledge curriculum model, an innovative, research-based, carefully designed program that has a proven record of equipping all students with the academic skills and personal values they need to compete in the areas of communication, fine arts, technology, mathematics, and scientific innovation. Please visit northbayedu.org for more information.

Ella July 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
As a parent with a child who will be entering NUSD next year, I am very interested in hearing more about this potential charter. Our neighborhood school is fine, but it's always nice to have options, and this curriculum sounds pretty interesting. I don't care about the politics behind the creation of this charter, I care about providing the best possible education for my child. If this school becomes a reality and offers a compelling program, I'd consider it. In the meantime, I'm supportive of any discussion as to how we can best educate Novato's children.
Answerme July 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM
and those conversations would be best done together and in the open, right? Rather than in secret. How about this discussion?.........Instead of attempting to separate physical sites (and students), why not try to integrate Core Knowledge at one or some of your existing schools? That seems fair. Why the need to have a different school or attempt to take another campus over and kick out the current students, whos "choice" was their neighborhood school? If you can have a GATE program at each school, why not have this curriculum offered as an option too? One reason being, IF the school gets off the ground and fails (just like your recent charter schoool MSAT did a few years back), what happens to those kids? The conversation isn't just "choice" with the assumption it becomes successful. Many charter schools fail and leave behind those very same kids in their wake.
Tina McMillan July 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Answer You know who these folks are based on your posts so I suspect Novato is also "your" town. No charter has every taken over a local school. If you haven't noticed teachers are being laid off due to budget cuts. If a charter opens up the possibility of hiring back valued teachers then I am all for it. I am also certain that teachers outside the district who have been exposed to this curriculum would be interested in teaching here. Novato Waldorf is not for everyone. I would not have enrolled by children because I share a different philosophy but I was thrilled when they were able to get off the ground because I know many, many children and families who have benefited from a Waldorf method. Core Knowledge has a method that I think will appeal to a broader audience. Location is not always the primary issue. Your fear mongering is both tiresome and childish. If you don't like the program you don't have to send your children there. It's that simple.
Tina McMillan July 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
The district isn't asking to add a new curriculum approach. Charter and Magnet are the two means I know of to innovate in our schools. Answer, your insistence on making this about take over and kicking out is truly your perception and has never been said about any Novato Charter. Both Novato Waldorf and MSAT found housing separate from existing campuses. Again, fear mongering seems ill advised.
Answerme July 03, 2012 at 08:40 PM
and there we see the grinding of your axe....thanks Tina!!

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