SSC November 2013 Newsletter

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Congratulations, Dr. Grauer!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Stuart Grauer—founder of the Small Schools Coalition and head of The Grauer School—for being selected by the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) to receive the 2014 Author Hughes Career Achievement Award given annually to an outstanding graduate.

Stuart will be honored next Spring with a program held in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater on campus.  He will be being filmed for a video to be shown at the awards dinner soon.

We agree with Paula Cordeiro, the Dean of SOLES, who writes, “We are proud to have you as our honoree.  Your accomplishments set a fine example for our students and our alumni.  Congratulations!”

~Principal Dana Abplanalp-Diggs of The Grauer School

Member News

Sundance Montessori School will be celebrating its 25-year anniversary with their current and alumni families.  The school first opened in 1989 as an in-home Montessori program for children 3-6 years. Our founder, Kathy Mason, was a Montessori teacher who decided to open her own program after teaching several years in a local Montessori school.  Her program was a huge success in the community and continued to grow each year through family referrals.  Her daughter, Robin Saia, took over the school in 1999 and has been the Head of School since then.
Today, Sundance Montessori School has two campuses: one in Folsom, CA and a second in El Dorado Hills.  The program now serves children ages 18 months to 11 years.  Sundance has an outstanding reputation in the Folsom/El Dorado Hills and surrounding areas, and still receives most of it’s enrollment from happy families sharing their experiences, and recommending our school to their friends.

A new, rave review on Dr. Stuart Grauer’s book Real Teachers has come out: A must read, and with haste, before the educational system wears you into their decided groove. For both new and veteran teachers this book will restore faith in what you know is “real teaching” over the consistent drone of data driven instruction and assessments that dominates most school led professional dialogue. It is a book for all stakeholders invested in education including parents, administration and even students. See more at: / learn more l purchase

New Small School Research Finds

Upcoming Events

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Call for New Members

Do you know of a school or association that would make a new SSC member? Please send their information to us so that we can contact them or send them to our website: Our e-mail address is still Thank you!

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