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Dispelling the Myth

For a Boost of Optimism, Read (and Watch) This

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.03.2017 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

"I don't think there's a child out there who doesn't want to learn and be the best they can be." Those are the words of Barbara Preuss, a veteran ed...

George Hall Elementary School -- A Title I Distinguished School Still Figuring Things Out

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.11.2017 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

We have gotten used to hearing bad news about schools -- particularly schools that serve children from low-income families. And yet there is good news out there. Some educators really have figured out how to educate all kids to high levels.

PARCC -- An Assessment That Is 'Raising the Bar'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Today I thought I'd tell you about Chadwick Elementary in Baltimore County, Maryland, which has performed toward the top of the state for years.

New Assessments Like Smarter Balanced Give Educators "The Facts." What Do They Do With Them?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.08.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I have begun a quest to see how expert educators are reacting to the new assessments their students are taking. The new assessments, designed to see if students are on track to be ready for college or careers, have been disconcerting for many educators, parents and the general public.

Expert Educators Use Test Results to Make Improvements

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.01.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

If parents and educators can see the test results as demonstrating the work that needs to be done -- rather than as a pronouncement of doom -- we would be much better off.<

Harsh Words of Experience

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.17.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Sharon Brittingham was facing a culture of indifference and neglect that had grown over years. The first thing she did was integrate the special education classes in with the regular classes, sending special education teachers in to help classroom teachers.

'I Don't Know If I Would Still Be a Teacher': The Importance of Supportive Leadership

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.11.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Ensuring that teachers develop strong professional relationships immediately upon entering school is only part of what makes up "supportive leadership," but it is a concrete example of how a school leader can not only help a teacher begin but give him a reason to stay to make a career.

Another Surprising School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

After visiting dozens of high-performing schools that serve significant populations of students living in poverty and students of color (I call them "It's Being Done schools") I have come to expect certain things.

Doing More of What Works (and Less of What Doesn't)

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Like many other successful high-poverty schools with a high proportion of students of color, Laurel Street isn't doing anything wildly "innovative." Rather, they have clear goals for their students to be educated citizens and they believe every one of their students can at the very least meet state standards.

Finding Educators to Honor -- and Learn From

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

We are proud to recognize a few of the great schools we have in this country every year. But we don't just want to honor the folks in those schools. We want to learn from them.