Deborah Meier is often considered the founder of the modern small schools movement. After spending several years as a kindergarten teacher in Chicago, Philadelphia and then New York City, in 1974, Meier became the founder and director of the alternative Central Park East school, which embraced progressive ideals in the tradition of John Dewey in an effort to provide better education for children in East Harlem, within the New York City public school system. Wikipedia*
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Deborah Meier has three videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1989 Forum as a Principal for the Central Park East Secondary School. The year with the most videos was 1997 with two videos. Most common tag: Education Policy.