Mamie Hall taught in an innovative pilot program that was shut down because it wasn’t “fair” to other students. She switched to another district, developed a creative literacy program — and was shut down because the new superintendent wanted every student to read the same texts and do the same writing at the same time.
After 10 inspiring and disappointing years teaching in district schools, she took a job at a charter school, Research Triangle High, that’s an “incubator of innovation,” she writes in the Charlotte News-Observer.
Our goal is to use our smaller setting and freedom from bureaucracy to test new educational methods that would be hard to field test in larger districts. . . . We use a personalized learning model paired with project-based learning to help each individual excel. To make our results valid, we recruit a student population that is representative of other North Carolina schools.
Her school “shares what we learn with other schools,” by hosting visitors, presenting at conferences and working with the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.