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An Exploded View of Comprehensive School Reform

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Recently, I had to order a part for an electric lawnmower. I enjoyed looking at the exploded view (similar to the one above) on the manufacturer's web...

Is Now the Time to Reauthorize ESEA?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of course, it was supposed to be reauthorized in 2007, but what with partisan politics, outside influences and the lack of any general consensus around the various efforts, Congress has yet to successfully reauthorize the legislation. As a result, national educational policy has been a patchwork of waivers, dodges, and weaves unworthy of a great nation.

These Schools Dramatically Improved In Just A Few Years. Here's How.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

It's not easy and it's not common, but schools are sometimes able to make dramatic turnarounds in just a matter of years. But what are the critical...

Fund What Works!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

President Obama's recently released budget may or may not make its way into law, but it has already made its way into the hearts of those who believe that government programs must be held to account for producing the outcomes they are intended to produce. Red or blue, everyone should want government dollars to make a difference.

Evidence to the Rescue! Whole School Option for SIG

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The U. S. Department of Education has just released draft regulations that will substantially change School Improvement Grants (SIG). Within the docum...

Six Low-Cost or Free Ways to Make American Education the Best in the World

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

It does not take a political genius to know that for the foreseeable future, American education is not going to be rescued by a grand influx of new mo...

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge: Use Proven Programs

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Discussions about evidence-based reform in education often founder on the question of financing. Who is going to provide the funding necessary to help...

School Improvement Grants Embrace Evidence of Effectiveness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Despite all of the exciting gains made by evidence-based reform in recent years, all of the progress so far has been limited to development, evaluatio...

Joy Resmovits

Corrected Results For These Schools Using Federal Money Still 'Depressing', Critic Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

After an outside contractor bungled an analysis of a major federal school turnaround program, the U.S. Department of Education has issued corrected re...

Joy Resmovits

A Third Of Schools Saw Scores Fall After Getting Federal Grants

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

After receiving turnaround grants from the Obama administration for the wholesale overhauling of schools, the nation's lowest-performing schools have ...

Can Educational Innovations Go To National Scale?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

In conversations about evidence-based reform, I often hear the objection that "we don't really know how to take proven innovations to scale" or that "...

How Do We Build Schools Worthy of Our Democracy?

John Thompson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Sustainable gains must be inextricably rooted in the strengths of our constitutional democracy. Lasting improvements must be organically connected to an open society which prizes the exchange of ideas.

Why the School Turnaround Experiment Is Failing

John Thompson | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
John Thompson

For the last 20 years, however, non-educators have rolled the dice in the quest for "transformative change." They have tried to blow up "the status quo" in the faith that something better would naturally emerge.

NYC's School Closing Gambit Leaves Students Behind

Gail Robinson | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Gail Robinson

New York City's efforts to fire half the staffs at 24 struggling schools took another turn last week -- and like everything that has happened in the last six months at these schools, the latest twist seems unlikely to help the students.

Secretary Duncan Owes an Apology to Teachers

John Thompson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If teaching were just a pathway to wealth and respect, no apology could compensate for the insults and the damage that Arne Duncan has helped inflict on teachers. Teaching, however, is an act of love.

Teachers Unions Step Up to Lead on Education Reform

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The only way to turn around struggling schools is to work together -- by demanding concrete changes that make low student achievement totally unacceptable for any group of students.

What's Right With School Turnarounds

John Thompson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago
John Thompson

The Catalyst's special issue on the turnaround of Chicago's Marshall High School describes the type of students who may be gaining the most from the latest attempts to improve our toughest schools.

Arne Duncan's Second Chance

John Thompson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
John Thompson

The NCLB waiver process provides an opportunity for the Duncan administration to extricate itself from the assault on teachers that was initiated by its predecessor.

Joy Resmovits

Harkin's Education Bill Draft Shows A Federal Rollback

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.10.2011 | Education

An early draft of a Senate committee's sweeping rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act rolls back major accountability provisions of th...

Three States Win Millions To Fix Failing Schools

Posted 08.16.2012 | Education

Yesterday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Washington, D.C. and 3 states would receive School Improvement Grants (SIG) to turn aroun...

Everything Is Different Now

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.28.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

"The only difference between a good school and a bad school is everything."

Turning Around the Lowest Performing Schools: A Noble Goal and a Daunting Challenge

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

Low performing schools received federal grants, often $1 million over three years, expecting them to be "turned around." Even with that much money, improving these schools will be a tall order.

Meaningful Education Reform Needs Parents

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

Without support and buy-in from the school community, i.e. teachers, parents, and students, these turnaround initiatives are nothing more than a well-intentioned rearrangement of furniture.

What School Turnaround Really Takes

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

George Soros' OSI asked child psychiatrist Dr. Pamela Cantor to build systems to respond to child trauma in Eastern Europe. After September 11, 2001,...

'Lowest-Achieving' DC School Turns Label Into A Challenge, Raises The Bar

The Washington Post | Donna St. George | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

When the bell sounded one autumn morning, the first-floor hallway at T.C. Williams High School was nearly empty. No lingering. No fights like last yea...