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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...

Student Success Comes Down to Zip Code

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

Currently, school funding provides roughly equal resources to address vastly unequal needs. It is the single greatest point of discrimination in our educational system. Even in affluent districts, concentrated achievement gaps often reflect racial and socioeconomic segregation at the neighborhood level that magnify these unequal needs.

Accelerating the Pace of Innovation

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The biggest problem in evidence-based reform in education is that there are too few replicable programs that have strong evidence of effectiveness ava...

Open Letter to States and Localities: How to Implement "Every Student Succeeds" to Significantly Improve Low-achieving Schools

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

For 15 years, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) increasingly cast a pall over American public schools. Its punitive, rigid and misconceived accountability s...

For Real Change in Education, Try Mindfulness

Elizabeth Frias, PhD | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Elizabeth Frias, PhD

There are a plethora of programs out there that claim to offer schools an efficient and effective strategy for addressing students' social and emotional demands and discipline needs. Unfortunately, providing the school staff with trainings and handbooks only goes so far.

Long Overdue: A New Discourse on School Reform

William Slotnik | Posted 05.28.2016 | Education
William Slotnik

Forging ahead requires persistence and will. It also takes collaborative leadership that moves beyond the divisive influences of ideology, money and power to focus on the needs of students and educators.

A Revolution in Education -- Don't Read This

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

It's a perfect world, I have to admit. And I know that at some time in my life I became an optimist. After all, you can never create a negative impression for an optimist. Just try it.

Learning From Improvement or Not

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

When I visited it was clear that a lot of things had spurred school improvement, but it had all started with a change in leadership. This is completely in line with all the best research -- school improvement almost always starts with a new principal.

Monopolies Don't Build Democracies, People Do

Preston Smith | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Preston Smith

As a matter of principle, for America, every child should receive a quality education that prepares her for a successful future. America's children deserve nothing less and the urgency to restore high confidence in public education couldn't be more palpable.

Education Should be Like the Obama Campaign

Glen Lineberry | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Glen Lineberry

The discrepancy between Narwhal and Orca, between the Obama and Romney campaigns' approach to technology and digital media, parallels my school district's wrestling with technology in the classroom.

Two Cheers for President Obama's New Education Policies

John Thompson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

I support high-quality pre-school, but we should not repeat the errors of "reformers" who mandated risky top down policies without first contemplating the social science.

Reading by Third Grade: Thinking Beyond Retention

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

These state initiatives raise important questions. Are they good for the students who were retained? And are they good for the overall school system?

A Broader Bolder Approach to the Common Core Engages the Whole Child and All Children

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.10.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

As more states move to implement the Common Core State Standards, we should applaud the movement's potential benefits, but also recognize its limitations.

MAX-ing Out the Arts for Students

Glen Lineberry | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Glen Lineberry

For all sorts of reasons our school currently lacks an art program. No visual arts, no music, no pep band. Just the ever ubiquitous iPod.

When Bad Students Happen to Good Teachers

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

There is a shared delusion driving education reform. The delusion is that everyone assumes better teaching means students learn more.

Standardized Tests Lead to Standardized Cheating

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Why all the cheating? In short, because the tests are too important, and because they test the wrong things.

Running Schools Like a Business Is a Crazy Idea

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

We teach the kids of people we know, and those kids then work in the local businesses and, if you stay in the game long enough, you teach their kids down the road.

Let Teachers Run the School

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.11.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

When I was in school, teachers mostly ran the school. Teachers decided what we were ready to learn, what to teach us, and how to make sure we stayed on track. Why did this change?

To Sir With Love, and With Respect

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.08.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

I'm showing my juniors in American History To Sir With Love, the great 1967 movie written and directed by James Clavell, and starring Sidney Poitier.

Quo Vadimus

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

My school is in a formal School Improvement process, with loads of money from various sources and hard deadlines for real improvements in attendance, discipline, graduation rates and student test performance. And we are improving.

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.

A Guide to the School Reform Process

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Many school districts across the U.S. could benefit from genuine school reform, but they may lack the resources and/or expertise to carry it out. The ...

A Whole Child Petition

Sean Slade | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

What is a whole child approach to education? It is an education that enhances learning by addressing each student's social, emotional, physical, and a...

Does More Money Mean Better Education?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

Amid major slashes to public funding, political leaders have cited assertions that money doesn't affect student learning to sometimes justify cutting ...

Parents Hold Teachers Hostage

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.08.2011 | Education

While people all over the world are "occupying" their local governments, police have refused to intervene after a group of parents have occupied the N...