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No Excuses!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Genuinely apologizing is one of the most magical healing, restorative gestures a person can make. Without the apology, there is no recognition or acknowledgement that mistakes have been made, there is no announcement that you intend to change, and most importantly, there is no emotional contract between you and the people you care about.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Michele Jolin

For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success.

Using Research to Ensure an Education Program Actually Works

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

In the early 1990's I was hired as the principal of a school that was slated for closure in one year, and so my job was to prepare the students to ...

What's the ObamaCare GPA? The ABCs of Giving a Grade to the Affordable Care Act

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

I want to grade what the ACA is doing for me now. Because that's where healthcare reform hits the road, in the care that each of us pays lots of dollars to receive.

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Dr. Mika Nash

I would argue that this short-sightedness undermines most organizations. It does so in insidious ways, mostly by draining energy through repeated conversations about what isn't working and unfulfilled promises that, as soon as there is a free moment, everyone will sit down and figure things out.

Parent-Teacher Conferences... What Should I Ask the Teacher?

Diana Grycan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Leave your anxiety about your child's issues at home. The teacher is a person who knows your child very well, given the number of hours each week spent with him or her.

On Being Our Brother's Keeper

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

When integrated into other initiatives, mentoring can strengthen efforts to reduce poverty, truancy, drug abuse and violence while promoting healthy decision-making, positive behaviors and strong futures.

Rethinking the "Impact Question": Evaluating the (Nonprofit) Evaluators, Part IV

Barbara Harman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

Charities also need to find a way to assess their work in a manner that does justice to its complexity, and then translate what they learn into an account that will have meaning and power for individual donors.

A Race Toward the Mental Finish Line

Amitai Shenhav | Posted 12.23.2013 | Science
Amitai Shenhav

Imagine that each time you have to make a choice there are two imaginary lines drawn, one to your left and the other to your right, both equally spaced from where you start out.

Are Anti-Bullying Programs Counterproductive?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

Faced with a bullying problem, schools will often reach for the latest anti-bullying program that promises to work, without considering the crucial question -- "will this program work for our school?"

Stop the 'Little Voice' in Your Head

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 12.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

Whenever you catch yourself judging yourself, notice that there was some type of external event or internal thought that you judged. Notice that the judgment is something you added to the event or the thought.

Your Design Performance May Be Better Than You Think

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

Why can't everyone else see your genius and why do the experts seldom agree with you? If you are feeling misunderstood, relax, it may just be how we humans have evolved.

Proceed With Caution: New Report Falls Short in Complex Task of Evaluating Teacher Education

Dr. Michael J. Feuer | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Dr. Michael J. Feuer

There is surely room for improvement in the world of teacher preparation -- as there is in all professions -- but the NCTQ report provides an inadequate basis upon which to design and implement positive reforms.

Effective Instruments for Teacher Evaluation: What Education Ministers and Union Leaders Think

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

On the one hand, teachers need to trust the appraisal system and the individuals carrying out the appraisals. On the other hand, teachers need, as one teacher put it, earn the trust in their work. Effective appraisal is the foundation for both.

Evaluating Teachers: Transforming a Game Into a Game-changer

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Everyone knows there is plenty of excellent teaching, but few can describe how exactly that looks like and, surely, those who cannot define good teaching are unlikely to develop good teachers.

What Makes a Great Teacher - and Who Gets to Decide?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Most of us have been lucky enough to have had at least one great teacher in our lifetime. But what makes a teacher great? And who gets to decide? Students? Parents? Fellow teachers? Principals?

Blind Data: Driving Youth Outcomes Through Evaluation

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Unemployment rate. College drop-out rate. Program retention and attrition. It's easy to get lost in the expanding world of numbers and figures.

Alzheimer's Test: 'What If You Had a Fire in Your Kitchen?'

Marie Marley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed answered the knock on his door and found Nancy, a pretty young lady in her mid-20s, standing there. He smiled and gestured for her to enter. "Oh, I'm so excited to see you again. How have you been? Ed had never seen Nancy before.

Be The Next Big Thing: The Best Way To Land That Job Or Promotion

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

There is no shortage of advice out there on how to make a good impression -- an impression good enough to land you a new job, score a promotion, or bring in that lucrative sales lead.

Bumps in the Road? Or Signs of Derailment?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Recent news out of Tennessee about "bumps" in the teacher evaluation component of its Race to the Top education reform efforts are emblematic of larger, systemic concerns about RttT generally.

In Defense of Logic Models

Ian David Moss | Posted 09.04.2012 | Home
Ian David Moss

Photo by 7073k Last month, my post Creative Placemaking Has an Outcomes Problem generated a lot of discussion about creative placemaking and grantma...

Connecting The Dots

Ian David Moss | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
Ian David Moss

Much like South Park's Underpants Gnomes, arts projects may have a clear idea of what they're putting into the process and what they hope to get out of it, but a much vaguer sense of how they're going to get from Phase 1 to Phase 3.

It's Time for a New Year Life Review

Donna Henes | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
Donna Henes

A birthday becomes a timeline, a lifeline, a party line, a deadline. An assessment of our annual bottom line. Our birthday consciousness calls for an accounting of our days on Earth and the lessons that we have or have not learned.

How Do I Know It's Working? Monitoring and Evaluating Your Social Change Marketing Campaign

Dorie Clark | Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact
Dorie Clark

"Baking in" monitoring and evaluation from the moment your campaign is developed will help you track progress, determine if your approach is effective, and modify mid-course if necessary.

What Can the Horn of Africa Do in the Face of Severe Droughts?

Vinod Thomas | Posted 10.04.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

Given the unfortunate recurrence of droughts in the Horn of Africa, there is urgency in investing and maintaining drought resilient agriculture and agribusiness.