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Accountability

Help! I Am Getting Fat Again!

Elliot Begoun | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Elliot Begoun

Thin me I spend my days holding people accountable. I work with them to prioritize and focus on the action steps that will lead them to their desire...

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

The Whole World Is Watching

Hector Villagra | Posted 04.29.2015 | Technology
Hector Villagra

Video images have clearly become a powerful tool in documenting encounters between the public and police. The ACLU of California wants to make it more likely that even more individuals will use their phones to record those incidents, enabling the public to hold officers accountable when they cross the line.

Does Your Child's School Have a Quality STEM Program?

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 04.28.2015 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

Based on our work, we have developed standards and criteria for parents and community leaders to quickly gauge the quality of the STEM education programs in their community.

Three Letters that Will Make You a Better Manager

David Sable | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
David Sable

Some people and companies confuse management with cheerleading. Now... there is nothing wrong with rallying the troops, encouraging people, inspiring behavior. But in and of itself the pom-poms are not a strategy for management.

Tulsa Undersheriff Resigns Amid Allegations He Falsified Training Records Of Eric Harris' Killer

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.27.2015 | Crime

Tulsa Country Undersheriff Tim Albin has resigned after documents revealed he unfairly promoted Robert Bates, the volunteer reserve deputy who mistake...

Europe's Map Is Redrawn As Azerbaijan Goes East

Till Bruckner | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Goodbye, Azerbajian. It would be dishonest to say that we Europeans will miss you; few people over here will even notice that you've left. But it's sad to see you leaving the family nonetheless.

Life Is Like Physics

Mark Baer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

What parents seem to forget when they are divorcing or their relationship is ending, is that children are expensive.

How Can We Learn from Success Without Some Way of Telling Who's Successful?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Education has always been a bit of a black box. Before the uniform administration of state assessments, even teachers and schools who were doing truly astounding work were often only known to their students and their students' parents.

Accountability for Whom?

Pedro Noguera | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Pedro Noguera

It is sad and ironic that in this era when the mantra about accountability in education is mouthed repeatedly by policymakers, those who have the most authority accept no accountability for the system they have managed and created.

How Can You Attain Sustainability Results? Try Triple-A (AAA)

Mark Coleman | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Increasingly, governments, businesses, and consumers are trying to get there arms around complex and converging sustainability-related risks: climate, resource scarcity, food supplies, geo-political conflict, economic inequality, disease, hunger, human rights, and so on.

Accountability: A Gift to Teacher Education

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

Accountability measures are imperative for teacher education programs themselves because this is a time of profound, continuous and accelerating change. As programs undertake modernization, which all must do, they need compelling evidence to understand how well they are doing and the areas in which action is necessary.

Jason Linkins

Some Atlanta Educators Just Learned A Cynical Lesson About Accountability In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

It isn't every day that people who abuse their positions of authority are held accountable for wrongdoing. Actually, to be statistically precise about...

Helping Struggling Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

There are a lot of schools in the U.S. that need to be achieving much better outcomes. However, there is a much smaller group of schools in which achievement levels are appalling. The solutions for garden-variety low-achieving schools are arguably different from those for schools with the very worst levels of performance.

Everyday Abolition: Working Towards Non-Punitive Accountability

justin adkins | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

Practicing restorative justice begins in our everyday lives. In an everyday setting jumping to punitive measures raises questions like the following. What do you do when your neighbor/friend is verbally having a loud disagreement with her teenager?

Accountability and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The way we can find out what works is to compare schools or classrooms assigned to use any given program with those that continue current practices. Ideally, schools and classrooms are assigned at random to experimental or control groups. That's how we find out what works in medicine, agriculture, technology, and other areas.

Healing Vigilante: Thanking a Stranger Who Helped Drastically Change My Life Story

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

One story influences another, which influences another, and so on. Bob O'Brien's actions greatly affected my life story, which affected my influence on other life stories. Everyday, the domino affect plays out in many ways, negative and positive, big and small.

Driving Education Accountability: 'I'm Sorry Officer, the Gas Gauge Shows I Wasn't Speeding.'

Brad C. Phillips | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Brad C. Phillips

We post the signs for what we want performance to be and publicly report offenders, but don't provide the drivers of education the right gauges for monitoring and correcting. Too often that's how it is with education data.

A Very Different Type of Tour in Nepal

Blair Glencorse | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Have you ever felt that you are privileged? That you could "give" to others with your experience and utilize your network of contacts to help those living in developing countries? I thought so too, until I participated in the Accountability Lab's Social Impact Tour in the poorest country in South Asia.

Big Data Can Drive SDGs With Improved Accountability and Transparency: A Question of Trust

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The rise of big data can help build a framework, shifting away from macro-analysis and demographics to individualized targeting.

The Problem Is You

Peter Cunningham | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

People who blame low-performing schools on poverty tend to make this argument to like-minded people in academic or on-line environments where the poor...

The Debate and the Evidence on the Impact of NCLB

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 03.19.2015 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

There is currently a flurry of debate focused on the question of whether "NCLB worked." This question, which surfaces regularly in the education field, is particularly salient in recent weeks, as Congress holds hearings on reauthorizing the law.

Life Lessons From Sports

Blayne Davis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports
Blayne Davis

Our kids don't have to hit the game winning shot to be heroes, but rather by showing up, working hard and being accountable, they become heroes. And sometimes that isn't reflected in the final score.

The Value of Mentoring

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

Someone once said that the great thing about golf is that you get immediate feedback after every shot. For some of us, the feedback is brutal and routinely includes the words "slice" and "hook."

Making Twitter Work for You

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Jennie Sutherland

I was intimidated by those strange characters... what did @, #, RT, MT mean anyway??? However, for both professional and personal reasons, I ended up joining Twitter and this is what I've learned.