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Support Your Local Principal

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In big city school districts, the average superintendent only lasts for three years. That means that most barely find out what's going on before they'...

Even Cafeterias Are Part of School Culture

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not long ago I was in DeLisle Elementary School in Pass Christian, Miss., and met the person in charge of the cafeteria as she was setting out food fo...

For our young men of color, do we have the will to make a way?

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.06.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The recently announced White House initiative "My Brother's Keeper" has triggered spirited responses about the reasons why boys and young men of color...

School Improvement Grants Embrace Evidence of Effectiveness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Despite all of the exciting gains made by evidence-based reform in recent years, all of the progress so far has been limited to development, evaluatio...

To Test or Not to Test?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I recently received an e-mail from a reader who raised a question that haunts a lot of teachers and parents: Does testing harm kids?

Eliminating Achievement Gaps in England

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Imagine that the U.S. government released a report showing that the achievement gap between White students and African American and Hispanic children ...

Hearts, Wallets, and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone knows that effective education is one of the best means of preventing all sorts of social ills. Yet when educational effectiveness reduces co...

Lessons From Innovators: Calibrating Expectations for i3 Evaluation Results

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a ...

The Overachiever Complex

Quincy Bulin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Teen
Quincy Bulin

I am as guilty of the "overachiever complex" as anyone: I like to do things. In fact, I like to do a lot of things. I've got a "can't stop, won't stop" mentality and I know that for my age, I've accomplished some pretty impressive things. The problem? A lot of other people have, too.

Success in Evidence-Based Reform: The Importance of Failure

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

As always, Winston Churchill said it best: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." There is a similar Japanese...

Brokering Proven Programs to Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

I dislike holiday shopping. The problem is that there are way too many choices. Have you ever walked into a store looking for something specific and b...

Lessons from Innovators: STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity (SLOPE)

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a ...

Can Educational Innovations Go To National Scale?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

In conversations about evidence-based reform, I often hear the objection that "we don't really know how to take proven innovations to scale" or that "...

Exposing More Students to What We Know Works

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Properly applied, this method of teaching instills in students a passion for learning that in turn fosters hard work, resilience, character, grit and a respect for the teamwork so necessary for success in today's world.

Love and Data

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

I was recently visiting one of our Success for All schools in the most disadvantaged neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas. The amazing principal, Kathle...

Shanghai Dreams

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

In the October 23 New York Times, Thomas Friedman once again extols the accomplishments of schools in Shanghai, which (as a city) performed better tha...

A Conversation With Beth Shiroishi of the AT&T Foundation

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

That's the kind of successful, long-term collaboration that's so often missing in the nonprofit sector: A funder and a service provider perfectly aligned in both mission and metrics, pushing each other toward greater commitment and accountability.

Lessons from Innovators: Erikson Institute's Early Math Initiative

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

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a ...

A Purpose-Driven Government: Moneyball and Impact

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

In 2002, Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's, created "Moneyball," a method of using statistics to evaluate the performance of ball player...

Why Control Groups are Ethical and Necessary

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

A big reason that many educators don't like to participate in experiments is that they don't want to take a 50-50 chance of being assigned to a contro...

Step One: First You Must Believe

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

To run a high-performing school where many of the students live in poverty requires, among other things, believing that all kids can learn. But talki...

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...

Lessons from Innovators: Collaborative Strategic Reading

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a ...

How To Do Lots of High-Quality Educational Evaluations for Peanuts

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

One of the greatest impediments to evidence-based reform in education is the difficulty and expense of doing large-scale randomized experiments. These...

Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education: New York Times

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

If you live long enough, eventually you'll see everything, even a positive article about evidence-based reform in a major newspaper. In the September ...