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Race to the Top

T.V. Special To Spotlight High School That Won Race To The Top Commencement Challenge

Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

Cable viewers across the country will soon get an inside look at the journey of South Memphis students vying to win a coveted commencement address fro...

Making Evaluations Matter

Grace Snodgrass | Posted 08.07.2011 | New York
Grace Snodgrass

I've been working with Education 4 Excellence's policy team to come up with recommendations for how teachers should be evaluated. We believe our proposed evaluation system is fair to teachers and students alike.

'Race To The Top' Takes Down Effective Teacher Evaluation Process In Maryland

The New York Times | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Montgomery County Public Schools system here has a highly regarded program for evaluating teachers, providing them extra support...

Cooperation Not Competition: Finland's Model For Education Success

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The Finns had a crisis," professor Tony Wagner explains. Starting with the principle that cooperation is a key pillar of success, the Finns revised their educational framework.

Delaware Strives To Deliver On 'Race To The Top' Promises

Education Week | Michele McNeil | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

In one English classroom here, Delcastle Technical High School teacher Nicole Irani experimented over the past few weeks with open- and closed-book q...

UPDATE: Colo. Loses Race To The Top... Again

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.16.2011 | Denver

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Colorado has been selected as one of nine states eligible to pursue the third round of Race ...

3TK (Testing Teachers by Testing Kids) Is an Awful Idea

Alan Singer | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

The New York City DOE plans to spend one-quarter of its $256 million share of the federal money, approximately $64 million creating new tests.

Curriculum for the Ages -- How do you Measure This?

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Our students realized that the distance between age 10 and 90 is only an arm's length, if you open your heart and mind.

Joy Resmovits

New York State Senate Considers Alternatives To Streamline Teacher Termination Hearings | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- A state Senate hearing in Albany on Monday explored ways to make the process for disciplining teachers suspected of incompetence or ethica...

Educating for Democracy: Are We Really Serious About Education?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Just who are we fooling? Other countries are really serious about education; we seem to prefer to pretend we are.

Don't Know Much About -- History, Geography, or Civics

Alan Singer | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

In recent weeks, ignorance of United States history and the functioning of the U.S. government made the front pages again.

NEA Endorsement of Obama: A Suicide Pact for Public Education?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

By casting your lot with Barack Obama, and it pains me to say this, you are endorsing the president who has done more to destroy what is good about public education than any president in history.

Announcement Delayed: Which School Will Win Obama Commencement Speech?

CNN | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education

Washington (CNN) -- Three academically competitive high schools from different areas of the country are competing for a lofty prize: an appearance and...

An Open Letter to Arne Duncan

Randy Turner | Posted 07.05.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

"Data" and "accountability" are code words for an educational system that embraces the same kind of failed business model that put this country in the economic crisis it is in today.

Can We Teach About Osama Bin Laden's Death If It Is Not On The Test?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.02.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

How fortunate is it for students across America that bin Laden's death took place at a time when standardized tests have been completed for this school year?

Will Common Core Standards Make Students College-Ready?

Posted 06.27.2011 | Education

UPDATE: Since this story was first published, it has been clarified that 44 states and U.S. territories, not 48, have stated an intention to adopt the...

Add Trash to the Curriculum?

John Merrow | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Here's what I envision: Working in teams, middle school kids could use a phone to "map" their neighborhood intersections with photos that answer one question: is there a trash can on the corner?

What if Learning -- Not Fighting -- Were the Focus?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

When one looks back at the last 15 months -- a period in which school reform has been at the forefront of American life -- what becomes clear is that we haven't been having a national debate about learning.

Is This Innovation? The Trouble With Education Reformers' Claims

Gregory Michie | Posted 06.04.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

The "new reformers" have appropriated the term "innovation" as a descriptor for policy proposals and practices they advocate, and as an antonym for almost anything else.

Social Studies Get the Short End of the Stick, Again

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Because the federal government does not mandate history and social studies assessments and does not monitor the scores, New York is free to lower the standards in these areas.

Can U.S. Teachers Truly Be 'Nation Builders?'

John Merrow | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Are American teachers "nation builders?" Could they be? What tools does a "Nation Builder" (or any other builder) need to be able to get the job done?

In Public Education, It's the Family, Stupid

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dr. Jim Taylor

Early intervention is both cost effective and economically efficient. It has better outcomes than remediation because it's easier to prevent rather than remediate a problem.

If Gov. Walker Thinks Wisconsin's Illinois, Dream On

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

The question still remains: In what backwards universe could adults allow this deplorable situation to fester?

Time for Obama to Become Our Teacher-in-Chief

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

We need to have a deeper reflective conversation about what powerful learning and teaching actually look like so that we can start to realign our system

Diane Ravitch's Stunning Certainty

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alexander Russo

Ravitch's appearance will be another moment to reflect on the nagging unease I have with what she's saying -- and in particular the absolute certainty with which she is saying it.