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Marilyn Bizar teaches at the Center for City Schools of National-Louis University in Chicago. A former public school teacher, Marilyn and Harvey Daniels now collaborate with a network of twenty-five schools seeking to implement progressive teaching methods. Along with a team of six full-time teacher-leaders, they offer classroom consulting, staff development workshops, and leadership development for parents and principals.
In 1995, they helped found the Best Practice High School, a new 400-student Chicago public school where methods do matter—to kids, teachers, and parents. Between them, Harvey and Marilyn have authored or coauthored nine other books, including Best Practice: New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America's Schools, Thinking in Context, and Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, Second Edition. In the summer, Harvey and Marilyn help lead the Walloon Institute in Petoskey, Michigan, which gathers progressive educators from around the country to review and renew classroom practices.