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Opportunity to Learn

Recognizing Great High Schools By What They Actually Do

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.11.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

Obama's Opportunity Agenda Starts with Public Education

John H. Jackson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
John H. Jackson

Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this last week's State of the Union address. But it was the President's focus on education that brought home how one of our most important public institutions is suffering from the same inequities.

Newtown Should Create New Towns

John H. Jackson | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
John H. Jackson

Dr. King once noted that time is neutral: it can be used for evil or for good, but to the degree that it isn't used for good it can become an ally of evil. We have an opportunity as communities to put in place the policies and practices to support our children inside and outside of their schools.

The Lesson of the Cupcakes: Fix Schools by Resisting Gimmicks and Heeding Evidence

Kevin Welner | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

There are no miracle cures or magic beans. If we increase opportunities to learn, the result will be more learning; if we deny opportunities to learn, the result is equally predictable.

School Funding and the Kindness of Strangers

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

It's not a good thing to accept a situation in the United States where our children have to depend on the kindness of strangers to get an education.