How to Get Your Students Out of the Box

How can you get your students out of the box when you educate them in a box? Check out a revolutionary way to educate with arts, ag, and nature by digging into Chattahoochee Hills Charter School outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Executive Director, Chester Asher, shares what they've learned, the pitfalls of such an approach, and how his school has the lowest suspension rates in Fulton County, Georgia and why he thinks that is the case.

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Chester Asher


Chester Asher, MT, MPA, JD is the CEO/Executive Director of Chattahoochee Hills Charter School. He is a dedicated educator and has worked with district and charter schools for the last sixteen years.

He has a Master's of Teaching from Fordham University, an MPA from NYU and a law degree from Cardozo Law School. He has taught every single grade from K to 12 and has also taught seminars to undergraduates at New York University and graduate students at Columbia University.

Asher is on fire about helping to build a transformative model of education based on the arts, agriculture, and the environment that helps children achieve their dreams, strengthen communities, and become innovative critical thinkers who make the world a better place.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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