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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.

More Time for Educating: Technology and Teaching Efficiency

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The hours an educator spends in active teaching pursuits are just a small piece of the overall workload puzzle. Between developing lesson plans, repor...

One Thing Is Certain: Duncan Must Be Dumped

John Thompson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I want teachers and unions to work with the Gates Foundation on a moratorium, as they engage with states and the federal government to mitigate the extreme damage done by high-stakes testing. But, Duncan became one notch too brazen when he endorsed Vergara.

Can Research Identify a School That's Working?

Peter Greene | Posted 08.07.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The most fundamental part of local control is the community definition of what a working school looks like.

New Orleans Is Now an All-Charter City -- Is That a Good Thing?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 08.03.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

How choice feels depends on where you live, and how high (or low) the levels of trust, transparency, and cross-sector collaboration are in those communities. Period.

Why Would Learning Be the Goal of 21st Century Schools?

John Thompson | Posted 07.25.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The real villain, I believe, is not standards-based reform but the way it was high-jacked by test-driven accountability hawks.

Ready, Set, Resist: New Jersey Families Defend Public Education

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Despite efforts to silence and outspend dissent, in city after city, in town after town, New Jersey students, parents and teachers are fighting for their public schools.

Who Are Our Third Graders Who Are Being Held Back?

John Thompson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
John Thompson

In the high-dollar Oklahoma City suburbs, where students go home to $500,000 houses, all but 5 percent may have passed. In Democratic House Minority Leader Scott Inman's district and in Oklahoma City, where children go home to units where the rent is $500, the failure rate was nearly 30 percent.

Rethink. Reinvent. Revolutionize: Reflections on Singapore's Leadership with 21st Century School Reformation

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.25.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

If Singapore could transform itself in one generation from a modest seafaring conduit to a city which leads the world in education, finance, architecture, clean water, and a host of other criteria, the U.S. can rise up and become a global educational powerhouse once again.

3 Reasons to Be Proud for Supporters of Education Equality

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

On March 27, policymakers, teachers, philanthropists and Integrated Student Supports providers rolled up their sleeves, pulled up their chairs, and sat down at the table -- both literally and figuratively. And with that, ISS officially became a part of the national conversation.

What If We Had a Test and Nobody Took It?

John Thompson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Education
John Thompson

In a rational world, the public school test prep season wouldn't heat up during the winter and the first of April wouldn't signify the beginning of th...

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

Coming Together to Become Our Brothers' Keepers

John Thompson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I believe the real Barack Obama is the one who sat cross-legged with students at Washington DC's Powell Elementary School. As the Washington Post's Em...

P-16 and P-20 Initiatives: Critical for Education Reform

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

If the goal of P-12 education is to prepare students for success in the adult world that follows, there seems to be a bit of a disconnect when a high ...

The Making of an Excellent School: Not So Easy, Not So Fast

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I did not understand how something as benignly written as the Common Core State Standards could be hi-jacked by political and corporate powers to create schools that are now submersed in mind-numbing test prep and fear in the name of "accountability."

Poverty, Politics, Racism and School Reform

Cami Anderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Cami Anderson

Newark's inconvenient truth: Our poorest neighborhoods, disproportionately African American, contain some of the lowest-performing public schools in the country and have for a long time.

Rebranding Common Core

John Thompson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The reform public relations spin machine has struggled recently as more families reject top-down micromanaging of their children's schools. Common Core standards were originally sold as a corrective to the rote instruction encouraged by NCLB. Now Common Core is promising "tests worth teaching to."

'Sort of a Jack Abramoff Kind of Thing'

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

When the Canutillo Independent School District found out its superintendent was cooking the books just like in nearby El Paso, the board members knew they had a problem on their hands.

New York's All-Day Pre-K Plan: Good News for Teachers?

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Michelle Chen

Following a national trend of opening public schools to children younger than 5, New York's newmayor, Bill de Blasio, plans to provide universal acce...

Campbell Brown's Ridiculous Attack on Teacher Unions

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Education
Dave Johnson

Today's ridiculous attack on teacher unions is one that accuses them of supporting sexual predators in schools. Let's see if we can figure out what's behind it.

Teachers Are Workers

John Thompson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Lawmakers who have blue collar experience hold more pro-worker beliefs and work measurably harder to advance the interests of the working class.

BYOD, Customized Learning and Virtual Academics: K-12 Trends for 2014 -- Part II

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In my first article about k-12 education trends I wrote about what lies ahead for K-12 schools in 2014 when it comes to life skills programs, expansio...

Life Skills, Cloud Technology and Branding: K-12 Trends for 2014 -- Part I

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Even though the traditional K-12 calendar is only about halfway over, the New Year is a time for reflection and goal-setting for educators. The year 2...

What's Out, What's In: 2014 Education Edition

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.28.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

Since "Out" and "In" lists are in favor as the calendar flips, here are my nominees for what should be "Out" and "In" in education for 2014.

Are Current School Reforms Imperiling Long-Term Gains?

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?