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The Global Search for Education: What Does It Mean To Be a Great Principal?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.20.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"New sets of skills such as team work, innovation and creativity are becoming increasingly important. The leaders of this major transformation can onl...

Do We Care Too Much About Our Students to Innovate?

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 04.04.2016 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

One thing is clear, you care a lot about us. But I wonder if the amount you care is holding you back and holding us back. These insights were shared...

K-12 Education for Sale - Buying and Selling Kids' Futures

David A. Pickler | Posted 03.05.2017 | Education
David A. Pickler

The for-profit assault on public education is real - and growing. It's a deft turn of phrase, "school choice" - until you scratch the surface and...

The Cost of Our College Obsession

Chase Mielke | Posted 03.08.2017 | Education
Chase Mielke

American education has a faith problem.  No, I'm not talking about the debates about religion and to what extent it influences schools.  I'm talking about the blind, unquestioning faith we have to the God of educational purpose: College.

Authentic Leadership :: What I Learned from a School Custodian

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

I have learned that leadership - when authentic - belongs to the individuals who make the conscious choice to be a part of a greater purpose.

How Can We Learn from Success Without Some Way of Telling Who's Successful?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Education has always been a bit of a black box. Before the uniform administration of state assessments, even teachers and schools who were doing truly astounding work were often only known to their students and their students' parents.

What Does Supportive Leadership Look Like?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It's important to understand what good school management -- or leadership -- looks like, because it looks different to different people.

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.

Teachers in a Pickle

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not long ago, two teachers asked me a question that I found rather poignant: How could they help make their schools successful when their principals have no interest in changing what they're doing?

Seeds, Bricks, and Sand: Stages of School-Reform Readiness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Every school, no matter how effective at improving student outcomes, could probably be even more effective, and some schools have a particularly long way to go.

Fresh Eyes on an Old Problem

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not too long ago, I spoke before a group of school leaders in a district where the new superintendent had asked me to talk about the practices of high...

Want Better Schools? Hire Better Principals

Emily Richmond | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

We are in an era of unprecedented school reform efforts, with states and districts revamping and revising campus instructional programs and policies on a routine basis. It's up to the principal to help teachers and students navigate unfamiliar waters.

The Principal and the Parents

TNTP | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education

Jessica's thoughtful approach to engaging with the local community is an important piece of her story. When she takes over as the principal of Stearne next fall, she'll have the advocacy efforts of local parents to thank for it.

Evaluation's Week in the News

TNTP | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education

By Erin Grogan and Cassandra Coddington This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Measuring teacher effectiveness is complicated. That...

Denver Aims High for Shared Leadership

TNTP | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education

By Heather Barondess This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Let’s say you’re a teacher who has been in the classroom for six yea...

Inflated Ratings Don't Make the Grade

TNTP | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education

This week, Indiana became the most recent state whose teacher ratings, based on a new evaluation system, has come back with nearly all teachers designated effective or highly effective.

'Standards Work Is Standards Work'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some people are inspired by heroic deeds in extraordinary circumstances; I'm inspired by the everyday competence and thoughtfulness of folks like Branch and the hardworking teachers I saw at Garfield.

My Daughter, Jo March

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

Like Jo March, she spoke the truth, unafraid to forge her own path. Her perspective challenged me, required me to assess, each day, how to lead and how to mother.

Unleashing Leadership in Camden

TNTP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education

By Tonya Horton This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Camden is a city on the rise. The small New Jersey city has struggled with po...

Monitor and Adjust: The Way to Improve Education

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is important to start with what research has demonstrated to be best practice, but it isn't enough. Continual monitoring to see what is working and what needs adjusting has to happen if schools are going to improve.

School-Business Collaboration as a Model for Supporting Public Education

Michael Haberman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Michael Haberman

As we come to the end of this whirlwind year in education reform, leading education blogger Alexander Russo recently summarized The Most Notable Educa...

Note to New NYC Mayor: Continue Bloomberg's Focus on Our Schools

Michael Haberman | Posted 12.14.2013 | New York
Michael Haberman

By continuing to make schools a citywide priority -- and by tying them to the future of this City -- Bloomberg inspired everyone from private citizens to small business owners to Fortune 500 CEO's to realize that they can and must do something to help.

Tailoring Evidence-Based Reform to Different Problems

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

Not long ago, I gave a speech at the American Psychological Association's convention in Honolulu (all right, fighting for evidence-based reform does h...

School Administrators: Getting Them Onboard Is Key to Change for LGBTQ Students

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Placing LGBTQ students in a "risk" category -- positions the group of students identifying as LGBTQ as a potential "problem" for the school that requires a solution, rather than as a group of students bringing untapped assets and strengths into the school community.

The Global Search for Education: More From Finland

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Our teachers in Finland are quite autonomous already. They are allowed to choose their methods and they are allowed to be creative."