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How the U.S. put Elton John, Yo Yo Ma and Cameron Diaz to Work in the Country's Worst Schools

Apolitical | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education

Some of the worst-performing schools in America have been turned around by an arts program mobilizing stars like Elton John, Yo Yo Ma and Cameron Diaz...

Around the World in 30 Days - June 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.28.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

C. M. Rubin's Global Education Report This past month, I spoke to education innovators around the world about topics ranging from improving city sc...

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.

The Elephant in the School Failure Debate

Joan McRobbie | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Joan McRobbie

By all means we need high expectations in our schools. But with the spotlight on income gaps, it's time to draw in the missing parts of the picture. Poverty is real. We need action at the statehouse, not just the schoolhouse, to enable educators to succeed in spite of it.

The Global Search for Education: How to Improve -- From Australia

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In his paper, "Is School Reform Working?", Professor Geoff Masters explores whether or not the policy settings for Australian schools are on track to ensure future improvements in that country's decade-long decline in the PISA test. I caught up with him recently to get some answers to the questions I had.

School Ironies: The Fizzle of Arne Duncan's Chicago Schools "Renaissance"

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Arne Duncan admits "churn," but never admits defeat. He's always already moving on to the next renaissance.

Around the World in 30 Days - December 2014

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.25.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In December, I continued my conversations with world leaders on the frontiers of education reform. These leaders all share a commitment to transforming education at the ground level, so that the poorest and most disadvantaged schools can become sites for development.

The Global Search for Education: What's the Secret to Canada's Success?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In 2003, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada initiated a focus on educational improvement as one of its key strategies for the future success of its people and its economy. Since then, the entire system has dramatically improved.

Joy Resmovits

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

Why Candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor Need an Education Policy

Dan Varner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

If we demand that they help us improve the quality of the education being offered our children, they will have no choice but to listen.

The Power of Coopetition

Dan Varner | Posted 10.13.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

Too often, I suspect, we fall prey to the tyranny of "or." Choose one: competition or cooperation, and live with the consequences.

Principal Fires Security Staff, Hires ART Teachers

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 05.10.2013 | Parents

Most would think that firing the security staff of a poorly performing, inner-city school is a dangerous idea. But at Orchard Gardens pilot school in ...

Under-Performing Schools: Stop Experimenting, Start Fixing

Dan Cardinali | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At it now stands, School Turnaround AmeriCorps is a grand experiment that inadvertently treats both students and volunteers as guinea pigs. Is it morally acceptable to risk their future on a theoretical framework when we already have effective interventions backed by strong evaluations?

Turnaround 2.0: Solutions in Pre-K to Third Grade to Help Failing Schools

Laura Bornfreund | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Laura Bornfreund

When education policymakers discuss how to improve low-performing schools, options such as adding pre-K, expanding the kindergarten day or focusing on instruction in the early grades are often left out of the conversation.

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.

Giving Teachers More Power Helps In Turnaround Of Boston Schools

| Jackie Mader | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of HechingerEd blog. Six low-performing Boston schools participating in a pilot program that gives teachers more tr...

'Insider Trading' Used To Turn Around Failing Students, Schools

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

Broadmoor Middle School in Baton Rouge, La., had a 50 percent suspension rate three years ago, and one in four students there couldn't keep up on core...

Newark's School Turnaround Strategy Changes Course

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. She thought of herself as an ordinary mother of four, one who did what she could to advoca...

Turnaround School Takes History Class To The Streets

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Students led their teachers out of school, onto a city bus, and to a housing complex they...

Turnaround School Gives Struggling, 'Misfit' Students A Second Chance

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Alex Nembhard squeezed the vise grips to break free a rusted bolt on a kid's bicycle, as ...

In Connecticut Turnaround School, Teens Get To Assign Their Own Homework

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Solanlly Canas had to tackle some tough math problems at home—and she had herself to th...

Can Handpicked Teachers Turn Around An Underperforming School?

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. NEWARK, N.J. — It was a fight to the finish, but Erskine Glover can honestly say he’s ...

School Now Run By Teachers, Union, Had Turbulent History

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. They set out to invent a new kind of school. They created a national model—then failed ...

School Run By Teachers, Union, Ditches Factory 'Assembly Line' Learning

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Sixty-five freshmen are about to embark on a new journey to reimagine a high school educa...