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Arthur E. Levine
Arthur Levine is the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University. He also previously served as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Levine is the author or co-author of nine books on American education and dozens of articles and reviews, including a series of noted reports for the Education Schools Project on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. Much of his research and writing in recent years has focused on increasing access to higher education and improving equity in the schools. He has received numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, as well as the American Council on Education’s Book of the Year award, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Entries by Arthur E. Levine

Higher Ed Reauthorization Must Include Meaningful Accountability Measures

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:37 PM

As a nation, we are moving from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, information economy. This shift demands change to both inputs and outcomes. In sectors like media, transportation, and health care, we see this shift in full development. Yet education has been slow to embrace the...

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Real Change Needed to Address Critical Challenges in Teacher Prep

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 9:18 AM

There is little question that effective teacher preparation is a critical challenge currently facing our nation. Through the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (where I serve as president) is attracting, preparing, and placing talented, committed individuals into teaching in high-need secondary schools. We are working...

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How the SOTU Could Highlight Teacher Ed

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 3:31 PM

When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address this evening, he will likely make mention of education and recent, and potential, investments to improve opportunity and close achievement gaps.

Teacher education, though, likely will not receive the attention in the State of the Union it deserves....

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Teacher Education Rules an 'Important Step Forward'

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 6:17 PM

The job of teacher is vastly different today than it was a decade or a generation ago. School districts, schools, and communities have had to adjust and adapt to new educational demands and new expectations. Despite this, teacher preparation today is still largely the same as the preparation teachers have...

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Moving Toward Better Teachers Begins With Better Teacher Preparation

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:09 PM

In reflecting on former NYC Education Commissioner Joel Klein's forthcoming book on his tenure leading the nation's largest public school district, the New York Times' Frank Bruni notes that Klein refers to teacher quality as "the biggest factor in the education equation."

For years now, the voices talking...

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To Strengthen Education Leadership, We Must Improve Education Leader Preparation

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 12:39 PM

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and its partners in the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Leadership Standards Refresh Project should be commended for their efforts to strengthen national expectations and standards for school leaders (which remain open for public comment through October 10). The ISLLC Public...

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Reinventing the Log: Why NYU Abu Dhabi Matters

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 9:12 AM

When I was invited to visit New York University's Abu Dhabi campus, I thought about begging off. Abu Dhabi is very far away. Many universities have established branch campuses around the world. And the cutting edge of higher education innovation today has more to do with open access, low-cost, digital...

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How to Win the Youth Vote

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 9:40 AM

This post is co-authored by Arthur Levine and Diane Dean, a professor of education at Illinois State University. Together, they are authors of Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Students, published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

In October, four presidential debates will take place on college campuses around the nation...

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Who Will Lead the Digital Revolution in America's Schools?

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 3:31 PM

Note: This guest post comes from Morgan E. Arenson, a program officer for digital media and learning initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

American schools can expect transformation on an unprecedented scale in the coming decades. Today, schools are out of date. They work on an industrial model,...

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The School of One: The School of Tomorrow

(24) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 12:47 PM

Right now millions of American children are going back to the same old schools. But this summer I saw the future of American education in a middle school in New York's Chinatown: The School of One.

The New York City Public Schools' Middle School (MS) 131...

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