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Good Evaluation Requires Data -- And Sound Judgment

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.01.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

It's obviously a good thing to consider all forms of evidence when providing performance feedback to employees. But teaching is not like golf, you can't reduce it to a single score for one contributor.

Just Cause, or "Just 'Cause"?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Eliminating "tenure" may be politically popular, but eroding due process and the 'just cause' standard creates an environment where even good teachers can be fired just 'cause it serves some other interest.

Beyond the Creative Class

Eric Tipler | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
Eric Tipler

The German model is akin to the vision Obama articulated in his speech: high-end manufacturing that we export to the world. It's a good vision. High-end manufacturing should be a core part of our economy.

Lawmakers, Media Must Treat Education as an Economic Issue

Rehema Ellis | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education
Rehema Ellis

What is surprising is that we, as a nation, aren't fully making the connection between education, local, state and federal budget matters, and the economy.

Adoption of Common Core State Standards Is Just the Beginning--We Need to Ensure Effective Implementation to Help Every Child Succeed

Delia Pompa | Posted 11.13.2011 | Education
Delia Pompa

Latino and ELL academic success is critical to the strength of the U.S. economy as these students represent a large and growing share of the U.S. student population and future workforce.

The Pendulum Swings, and Choices Await

John Merrow | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Time was, this country had about 130,000 school districts; today we have somewhere around 14,000. The pendulum has swung toward centralization.

Back to School Doesn't Have to Mean Back to Tests

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 11.04.2011 | Education
Lisa Nielsen

Social media has become a mobilizing force in bringing together students, educators, and parents who are frustrated with the data-driven, standardized, one-size-fits all learning taking place in publicly-funded schools today.

Budget Cuts Force State To Pull Back On Anti-Cheating Efforts

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Corey G. Johnson | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Corey G. Johnson Only after the governor ordered an independent examination did Georgi...

Back To School: Emanuel, Brizard Head Door To Door

Posted 10.03.2011 | Chicago

Apparently heeding their own advice, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's public schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard took to the streets Tuesday and ...

Let's "Save" What Matters Most: Students

Suzanne Tacheny Kubach | Posted 09.28.2011 | Education
Suzanne Tacheny Kubach

We "save" education by demanding our schools live up to their promise: to make a difference in the lives of every student who comes to their doors.

Collaborating for Change: 2011 Microsoft Innovative Education Forum

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 09.23.2011 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

What you don't know can't hurt you, or so they say, but if you are a teacher trying to positively improve student achievement, what you don't know can hurt both you and your students.

Testing in Schools Isn't Working

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education
Dr. Jim Taylor

To all who believe that testing is the panacea for what ails public education in America today, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.

What Is 'Bad Teacher' Saying About American Education?

Scott Janssen | Posted 08.26.2011 | Education
Scott Janssen

At theaters all across America this weekend, a new comedy starring Cameron Diaz hit the big screens. The implication of it is clear: America's schooling has fallen because of bad teachers.

Bad Air Day

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 08.22.2011 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Every so often, I step back to see what staunch proponents of "corporate reform" are saying now. Maybe there's new evidence? Maybe I've missed some ...

Joy Resmovits

New Charter School Laws In Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.16.2011 | Education

The charter school movement appears to be making gains as new laws expanding charter access have worked their way through several state legislatures o...

Our Children's Education: Who Will Stand in the Gap when Politicians Act Like Absentee Dads?

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 08.15.2011 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

If we are truly going to do something to help children and families rise above the circumstance of poverty, it is critical that we help kids succeed in the classroom.

Are We Testing Too Much?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if this extreme focus on testing is driving us away from what students need? What if the current test-driven mania in the United States is wrong?

Doing the Bidding of the "Slave Masters"

Michael Meyers | Posted 08.09.2011 | Education
Michael Meyers

The truth is that the supporters of high-performing charter schools are trying to save as many minority kids as they can -- one small school at a time.

Punish The Parents For Failing Students?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education
Dr. Jim Taylor

Punishing parents for their so-called bad parenting unfairly stigmatizes them as bad parents when they may, in fact, want the very best for their children.

Can We Save The Marriage Between The American Public And Teachers?

John Merrow | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Shouldn't we be paying attention to the troubled marriage between the American public and teachers? Just because the two still care for each other, and their 50 million children, that's not enough.

Joy Resmovits

Who Can Authorize Charter Schools? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education

A Georgia Supreme Court decision that challenges a state commission's ability to greenlight the creation of charter schools may have implications for ...

Lost Generations: The Importance of School Administrators

Dan Ross | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education
Dan Ross

It's hard to win a war if you don't have good officers. It's even harder to build an excellent school if you don't have good administrators. Has there ever been a great school without a great principal?

Simone Landon

Detroit's Mass Teacher Layoffs May Prove Bellwether For Education Reform Nationwide | Simone Landon | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education

When districtwide layoff notices hit every one of Detroit Public Schools’ 5,466 unionized employees late last week, an American Federation of Teache...

Scorecard of Latest Education Deforms in the Sunshine State

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 06.13.2011 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Here's a recap of just the past four weeks of laws enacted and bills proposed. Jaw, meet floor.

The F Word in Education Reform

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

It's safe to say that for approximately 4 million teachers in our nation, education reform's F word is now -- Florida!