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Education Policy

South Africa's Missing Genius Children

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Vashthi Nepaul

Today I want to talk about 'a good education,' one of the priority areas for the United Nations My World Global Survey. But there is a specific segment of education which I believe is being overlooked to our detriment.

5 Ways Teacher-Powered Schools Are Transforming American Public Education

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

Teacher-powered schools are not a panacea for America's education problems. Yet the growing interest in these schools -- and the solutions and alternatives they provide -- shows we need to seriously explore how teacher-powered schools can be a part of our strategy to find solutions.

On Teacher Evaluation

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In concept, evaluating teachers makes perfect sense. In what private company are employees not evaluated and held accountable for their contribution to their company's bottom line? In practice, evaluating teachers is not so easy.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Plans To Tackle Major Education Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students o...

Navigating the Culture of Schools and Communities

Martin J. Blank | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Brooke Troutman, a Northwestern University intern with the Coalition for Community Schools, at the Institute for Educational Leadership, contributed t...

Deserving of Celebration: Public Education Done Right

Elaine Weiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Student poverty needn't be an "intractable" issue that we can't address, or that we must set aside while we "fix" public schools. Rather, our schools are microcosms of our increasingly diverse, but also increasingly unequal, country.

Education Reform: Unsubstantiated Benefit Claims; Unreported Side Effects

Arthur Camins | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

The drive to privatize educational governance, especially with respect to expansion of charter schools, has two unstated goals. One is to open up the vast education market to individuals looking for a new profitable place to invest their capital. Another is more cynical.

Positively Deviant School Reform?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 06.27.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

If you had six months, little to no resources, and a clear mandate to solve a chronic country-wide problem -- what would you do? As someone who cares deeply about American public education, I believe a certain approach could yield great returns.

Is Teacher Attrition Actually Increasing?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 06.26.2014 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Over the past few years, one can find a regular flow of writing attempting to explain the increase in teacher attrition. Usually, these explanations come in the form of advocacy -- that is, people who don't like a given policy or policies assert that they are the reasons for the rise in teachers leaving.

Education Policy Today: The Death of Gestalt, the Rise of Data and Why W.E. Deming is Turning Over in His Grave

Arnold Dodge | Posted 06.12.2014 | Education
Arnold Dodge

Considering a perspective for educators to view children as more than the sum of their parts, seeing a learner as a developing entity, understanding that children are multi-faceted and multi-talented, is anathema to today's education policy makers who are governed by market-driven analytics.

Defending Zizek?

Dave Harvilicz | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Dave Harvilicz

Not that he wants or needs it, but Rebecca Schuman recently pleaded with us to stop worshipping Slavoj Zizek after he referred to most students "boring idiots.

Arguing for Science Literacy

Arthur Camins | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

Students who learn to be confident that their ability to "get smart" is not a fixed trait, but instead a malleable capacity that they can grow as a result of effort, are better able to engage in argumentation and persist through difficult intellectual work.

Escape From Poverty for a Few More Students Is Not a Worthy National Goal

Arthur Camins | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

The rhetoric has shifted from condemning the soft bigotry of low expectations and leaving no child behind to declaring that education reform is the civil rights issue of our time and initiating competitions to race to the top.

Use Proven Programs or Manage Using Data? Two Approaches to Evidence-Based Reform

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In last week's blog, I welcomed the good work Results for America (RfA) is doing to promote policy support for evidence-based reform. In reality, R...

The Poverty-Resources Gap: Rich Hill and the Unique Needs of Rural Schools

Elaine Weiss | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The good news is that policymakers are starting to take seriously educators' assertions that poverty is no excuse, but a real, pervasive, complex problem that we must tackle if we really mean to narrow achievement gaps.

Results for America: A Welcome Addition to Evidence-Based Reform

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

As time goes on, Results for America is making significant inroads in the policy world, helping political leaders of all stripes get comfortable with the idea of heightening the role of evidence in policymaking.

Mixing Education With Politics

Peter Greene | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There's a great line, usually attributed to Rev. Gene Carlson of Wichita, about religion getting involved in politics: When you mix religion and politics, you get politics.

18 Books to Inform, Deepen and Transform Your Understanding of Education in America

Lena Tabori | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Lena Tabori

Recommendations from the Best K-12 Teachers in the Country Last Fall, when we were publishing Katrina Fried's brilliant book, American Teacher, Heroe...

United in Leading the Way to Better Schools

Diann Woodard | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

Given the enormous impact principals have in their schools, it is imperative that school leaders receive increased support and high quality professional development.

Joy Resmovits

How Both Parties Are Failing Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

Educational funding for students with disabilities became the subject of yet another heated partisan argument with no resolution at a budget hearing T...

Sasha Obama, My Daughter, and the PARCC Test: An Open Letter to President Obama

Rebecca Steinitz | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
Rebecca Steinitz

The the Common Core State Standards won't succeed if the tests used to assess them are confusing, developmentally inappropriate, and so hard that even good students can't do well on them.

Why Doesn't the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.20.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

How can the nation's "newspaper of record" be so seriously indifferent to or ignorant of the major education issue of our day?

Mapping the Way Forward for the Student Support Movement

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

When will it all pay off? I believe we'll begin to see some return on investment almost immediately. Public awareness, for instance, tends to grow geometrically rather than arithmetically, so we could see relatively quick gains in local and national support.

Why God Bless the Child That's Got His Own Is Not a Worthy Education Policy

Arthur Camins | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Arthur Camins

There is something more explicitly elitist and anti-democratic in the new well-funded public-private partnership efforts to provide charter schools as a systemic alternative to remaining public schools.

What's Wrong With STEM Education?

Vinay Trivedi | Posted 06.06.2014 | Education
Vinay Trivedi

The U.S. government funnels $4.3 billion every year into STEM education-related initiatives, and while the Administration's efforts are laudable, we must keep in mind some of the shortcomings and challenges we have witnessed to date.