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Public School Reform

The Long Road to Reform in Mississippi

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As an educator, it makes me disheartened to know that as a whole, public schools are not winning the battle against low-incomes and poverty and their negative impact on learning.

Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap Is More Relevant Than Ever

John Thompson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
John Thompson

We have always had plenty of soul-killing, drill and kill instruction. In the past, however, it was seen as education malpractice. Now, it is imposed in the name of "reform."

Student Leaders Offer Simple Solutions to School Challenges

Kyle Redford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

At the heart of Peer Group Connection is a simple and compelling premise: caring school cultures can be created by students connecting to students in healthy and supportive ways.

Public Schools: Follow the Pope

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

As a principal in our public schools -- one of America's most long-established, far-reaching and, some would say, difficult-to-reform institutions -- I find the Pope's vision of institutional change to be compelling.

From School Reform to Reform School

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.07.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Allocating one day out of 180 days of teaching to celebrate teachers when they are put down the rest of the year is just patronizing. If we really want to honor and celebrate teachers, let's show them some respect, support and encouragement.

The Gorilla Speaks: It's Time to Change the Conversation About Public Education

Nancy Letts | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
Nancy Letts

Instead of pitting public schools against charters and vouchers, we've all got to take an unvarnished look at the gorilla in the room: poverty.

Student Advocacy: A Sharper Picture

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Martin J. Blank

The principal has been so impressed with the students' efforts that he is asking them to not only increase the number of students who are mediators, but also to train the teachers in peer mediation so that they will understand how students are working to change the climate and the culture of the school.

Bold Leaders for Our Public Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Richard Carranza, Jan Christensen and John Porter are just a few of the many bold superintendents who are changing children's lives by bringing together the entire community to help their student succeed.

The Big Snooze (High Stakes Testing and the Low Stakes Mentality)

Larry Strauss | Posted 07.31.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

"Please do your best," I say. "Please don't make me look bad." That one is their favorite -- and why shouldn't it be? It empowers them as do few aspects of their education.

The Test Score Hypothesis

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

The entire school reform movement is predicated on a hypothesis: boosting student achievement, as measured by standardized tests, will enable greater prosperity. But is this hypothesis correct?

Measuring Teacher "Diversity" in a Segregated School System

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

A classroom in an underserved community encapsulates countless obstacles and missed opportunities. Teachers should understand and empathize with the community they work in.

Bipartisan Support for Fixing Our Schools

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.13.2011 | Education
Jared Bernstein

School repair and modernization marries two problems -- the need to fix our public schools and sky-high unemployment among the folks who do the work -- into one solution.

It Gets Better, Starting in Elementary School

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

And, so it was, that on a sun-soaked summer afternoon, 200 Nettelhorst families -- both gay and straight -- marched in the parade; in fact, we led it.