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Higher Ed Leaders Must Lead Online

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 3:51 PM

We are witnessing a historic transformation of how students learn, teachers teach, and universities are organized. Gone are the days when students need to crisscross a college campus to receive the highest quality education. Online technology is at the precipice of providing unprecedented, widespread access to quality higher education.

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Education Reform Debate Needs Bigger Battlefield

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 2:15 PM

President Obama wants to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Law to give schools greater incentives to booster their students' achievement. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has charged that many university-based teacher preparation programs are not equipping teachers for the 21st century classroom.

Few will dispute that more education reforms...

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Seniority? Test Scores? Student Outcomes? The Argument for Rethinking Teacher Compensation

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2009 | 6:24 PM

The federal government often uses carrots and sticks to incentivize reluctant state and local agencies to change their policies and practices. The most current example of this is the Race to the Top legislation. To be eligible for the $4.35 billion in federal "Race to the Top" funds, states must...

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Teachers Wanted: Our Ailing Education System Needs Quality Teachers with Staying Power

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 1:47 PM

A superb teacher can change a life for the better. A poor teacher, and worse, a series of poor teachers, can have a substantial negative impact on a child and that child's academic potential. It is very difficult to correct the educational damage inflicted upon students who have several poor...

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At Sea Without a Compass: Chart a New Course for Education Reform

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 4:33 PM

Bush may not have been able to make the grade himself, but he did set the bar for our nation's students. Under No Child Left Behind, there was one common goal: improving test scores. Whether it actually benefited our nation's youth remains a clear point of contention.

Unfortunately, guidance...

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