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School Reform

Mission Accomplished!

Gary Stager | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

While Accelerated Reader suggests that it inspires literacy habits, its primary customer is the bureaucrat impressed by the marketing slogan, "Advanced Technology for Data-Driven Schools."

Loving Relationships and Education Reform

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Current education policy can easily miss the point that caring adults, highly skilled at building authentic relationships with students, very well may be the sine qua non of successful education.

The Proof Behind Expanded Learning

Lucy Friedman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Lucy Friedman

The Expanding Learning and Afterschool Project is a 50-state initiative that gives educators easy and direct access to research and promising practices that can help them use time beyond the conventional school day most effectively for learning.

Partnerships Have the Power to Transform Schools

Dan Cardinali | Posted 05.15.2012 | Education
Dan Cardinali

Over the years, I have visited hundreds of schools serving poor communities and have long concluded that regardless of how challenging a school is, extraordinary principals and teachers can utterly transcend such challenges and create a powerful and successful learning environment.

Affirmative Action for School Reformers?

Dean Baker | Posted 05.12.2012 | Education
Dean Baker

The rich and powerful have lined up firmly on the side of school reform, which is defined as a system where teachers lack job security and standardized testing becomes all-important.

Death by Algorithm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.08.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

If the school reformers truly believe that teachers are the key to the success of children --- and I agree, they certainly are one of the keys --- then the reformers must reconsider the mindless application of the deadly algorithm.

Friendly Advice for the Chester Upland School District

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

I know that the CUSD is blessed with competent teachers and leaders, but it doesn't hurt to listen to the advice of someone on the outside looking in.

'Bad' Women, Teachers, and Politics

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Our field has been under bipartisan attack for a while now, as our feminized profession (76% female) has joined the ranks of all the other "bad" women throughout history accused of threatening society's well-being.

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 ...

Educating for Democracy: Fitting the School to the Student

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

What is happening is that the teaching profession will become the least desirable for any bright, capable and idealistic student which will result in the further intellectual impoverishment of public schools.

School Reform Efforts Show Mixed Results

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

Chicago elementary schools that underwent various reform efforts since 1997 improved during the first four years of intervention, but still lagged beh...

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?

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...

Opt Out Chronicles: Fighting Sabotage

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We want the end of punitive high stakes testing that labels children, teachers and schools as failures. We do not want our tax dollars going to the pockets of testing and data companies. We refuse to allow our community-based public school be labeled as "failing."

Amid 'Turnaround Agenda,' Teachers, Communities Overshadowed by Corporate Reforms

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

The conversation about school reform in Washington is replete with big ideas -- glossy proposals for "accountability," putting the "students first," fixing "broken" schools, all in hopes of making America "competitive" again. Yet our schools are poorer than ever.

A Civil Right to a Good Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

We should make equal educational opportunity a federal civil right for all students. This should include the right to a challenging curriculum, well-trained and effective teachers, and the funding to provide these essentials.

Kickin' It Old School and Inventing the Future

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 03.28.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

The real benefit of technology will be in the development of new learning progressions -- pathways that combine adaptive learning, social learning, and project-based learning -- that are engaging, efficient, and effective.

Best Education Books of 2011

Gary Stager | Posted 03.27.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

Readers will be empowered to dream bigger, act bolder and eschew the incrementalism plaguing public education policy.

Understanding Parental Involvement

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Effective parent involvement programs are best achieved when the program reflects the circumstances, needs, and potential contributions of families who are a part of the school community.

Money Must Follow the Student in Brown's School Funding Reform

John Affeldt | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
John Affeldt

No matter what you think of its merits, you have to admire Governor Jerry Brown's new finance reform proposal for its sheer boldness.

SFC & SB 130: "Innovating" Around Teacher Voice?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 03.11.2012 | Denver
Sabrina Stevens

It's a rare thing to meet a public school stakeholder who honestly believes politicians and corporate-funded lobbying groups should have more say over education than educators do. Yet that's exactly what's happening.

Promoting Respect for Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.07.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

A primary goal of culturally responsive education is to help all students become respectful of the multitudes of cultures and people that they'll interact with once they exit the educational setting.

Education-Related Predictions for 2012

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Larry Ferlazzo

I recently posted The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2011, and thought I'd take a stab at some prognostication for 2012.

Using Time to Improve Student Performance

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Research shows that time may be the most essential resource of the education system. However, it is important to recognize that merely increasing the amount of time students are in school is not a panacea for improving student performance.

Promoting Civic Engagement In Schools

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.18.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In order to enhance civic participation in schools, reform efforts must be both practical and philosophical, to promote performance as well as participation.