Essay examining the question of what constitutes a small school through the Chicago Small Schools Study. It explores why educators are founding new small schools and documents the diverse range of small schools that flourish throughout Chicago. Building from these observations, it then seeks to identify characteristics that delineate small schools and provide them the opportunity to improve students' educational experiences.

Author Biography

Matt Gladden has a dual role at the Consortium on Chicago School Research. Half of his time is focused on a study of small schools in Chicago conducted by Bank Street College in collaboration with the Consortium. The other half is spent providing research assistance to a myriad of Consortium projects. He is interested in the construction of small, intimate learning communities and the relationship between community and school experiences. Matt received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in social/personality psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.



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