14 Mar

Argument-Centered Educator Interview: Donna Lawrenz, Peirce International School

Les Lynn Endorsements, News

Argument-Centered Education conducts periodic interviews with leading educator-practitioners of argument-centered instruction.  This short video interview of Donna Lawrenz, a veteran educator of 7th grade language and literature at Peirce International School, is linked to her photo, and edited and condensed in the excerpt underneath.  Ms. Lawrenz has been working with Argument-Centered Education for two years.

Click here to stream the interview of argument-centered educator Donna Lawrenz.

Excerpted Interview of Argument-Centered Educator Donna Lawrenz

Q.   How is Peirce International School using argument-centered instruction?

Peirce is using argument-centered instruction as part of its International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.  Argument-centered instruction is inquiry-based, so it is a natural fit for IB.


10 Mar

Chicago Public Schools Endorses Argument-Centered Education to Support Schools’ Transition to the New SAT

Les Lynn Endorsements, News

The nation’s third largest school district, Chicago Public Schools, has endorsed Argument-Centered Education as an organization whose work helps schools authentically prepare their students for newly redesigned SAT college readiness and admissions exam.  In its 2017 guidebook, used by all 660 schools in the CPS system, Transitioning to the SAT Suite of Assessments, the CPS Office of Teaching and Learning singles out Argument-Centered Education as a national organization endorsed to support schools in their shift to greater emphasis on higher-order learning, critical thinking, and argumentation.

Click here to download the Chicago Public Schools guidebook for transitioning to the redesigned SAT.