by Chris Lehmann
How do we build upon the successes of a particular school or program? How do we expand elsewhere “what works” in one school? Are some successes simply one-of-a-kind — too unique, too specialized, too localized to work in other places? These are questions that Chris Lehmann, the principal of the award-winning Philadelphia high school Science Leadership Academy, hears a lot: “Can SLA scale?” Is it possible to replicate a school like SLA elsewhere? What would that look like? In this article, Chris discusses the recent expansion of SLA to a second school and asks if “scale” is really the right framework for discussions about building and growing successful education systems.
Jim Lerman's insight:
Very interesting and thoughtful piece. Chris is quite adept at getting beyond the superficial and trendy.