D’Evelyn Steering Committee
Do you enjoy reading books on educational philosophy and management and want to collaborate with a group of dedicated parents and staff to ensure that the legacy of D’Evelyn continues? Elections for Steering Committee take place each spring, and we invite all who have interest in this important work to ensure that the school remains committed to its founding principles to apply!
Please attend our Steering Committee Candidate Training on November 14, 2017 @ 6:45 p.m.
Although the application process is rigorous, the value stems from the deeper understanding of the creation and the philosophy of the school: the belief that the purpose of education is to convey an essential body of cultural knowledge to the next generation and that a solid liberal arts education is essential for all citizens to be effective participants in their communities.
Required Reading List for Steering Committee Candidates
The required reading list for all Steering Committee candidates provide basic knowledge essential to every member prior to their service. These readings provide context, research, thinking and timeless ideas behind the creation of D'Evelyn.
The Steering Committee commits to read and expand our knowledge and understanding of educational issues. This summer we read Hirsch’s new book Why Knowledge Matters which explains why a carefully outlined, knowledge-based curriculum ensures success for all students.
All of these books/selections are available for checkout in the D’Evelyn Library.
Barzun, Jacques. Begin Here: the Forgotten Conditions of Teaching and Learning.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1991.
Carver, John and Miriam Carver. “Carver’s Policy Governance Model in Nonprofit
Organizations,” 20 November 2004. Web. 20 August, 2017.
Chubb, John E. and Moe, Terry M. “The Organization of Effective Schools," Chapter 3 in
Politics, Markets, and America's Schools. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institute,
Hirsch, E.D. The Schools We Need: and Why We Don’t Have Them. New York: Doubleday,
Ravitch, Diane. “The Rise and Fall of Progressive Education,” Chapter 2 in The Troubled
Crusade. U.S.A.: Basic Books, 1983. Print.
Singal, Daniel. "The Other Crisis in American Education," The Atlantic Monthly,
November, 1991. 59-74. Print.
Hirsch, E.D. . Why Knowldge Matters: Rescuing our Children from Failed Educational Theories.
Cambridge: Harvard, 2016. Print.
The Steering Committee is the governing board of the school and establishes policies designed to maintain and enhance its liberal arts philosophy. The Steering Committee appoints Directors to the Board of the D'Evelyn Education Foundation.