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It's a Big Task, but Schools Have the Job of Improving Kids' Opportunities for Success

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

There is one public institution that has providing children with equal opportunities as its primary goal, and that is our schools. That is a heavy burden indeed, given that policy choices have undermined their ability to live up to the job.

Every Kid Deserves a Dick Vander Woude

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Doug Bradley

A dear friend of mine, Dick Vander Woude, passed away recently and his death has been haunting me not just because of its suddenness and serendipity but because it puts an exclamation point on the end of an era of truly top-quality education in Wisconsin.

'Standards Work Is Standards Work'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some people are inspired by heroic deeds in extraordinary circumstances; I'm inspired by the everyday competence and thoughtfulness of folks like Branch and the hardworking teachers I saw at Garfield.

Think Twice Before Jumping on the Anti-Testing Bandwagon

Kati Haycock | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Kati Haycock

Parents want to be partners in their children's education, but they can't do that very well without honest information about how their children are doing.

More on Cafeterias and School Culture

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

School leaders play an enormous role in establishing a culture and climate of respect, but every adult in the building is part of establishing and maintaining that culture. And kids reflect the adult culture.

Even Cafeterias Are Part of School Culture

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.18.2014 | 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...

Using Technology to Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the re...

One Topic Often Left Out of Discussions About Education: Fun

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

School improvement is a really complex process. This week, I want to talk about something that is often left out of school reform discussions, and that is fun.

You've Heard About Schools That Haven't Improved -- Here's One That Did, and It Has Lessons for Us All

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

She arrived in October, after the school year had already begun, which is a difficult beginning for any principal. One of Montiel's first orders of business was to address the fact that very few students could meet state reading and math standards.

Educator Evaluation with Teacher Teams is a Powerful Combination

Teach Plus | Posted 02.24.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Erin Dukeshire When my school—the Orchard Gardens K-8 in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston—piloted the new Educator Evaluation sys...

Top Three Things the President Did for K-12 Education in 2013

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

What would a list of the president's accomplishments when it comes to education look like for 2013?

Learning From Zappos: Why Every School Needs an Organizational Mindset

Peter Hutton | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Peter Hutton

Simply put, an organizational mindset is the aggregated mindset of an organization's members. Historically, schools have not placed much importance on defining these, which I think is a mistake. At Beaver, we have taken great care to identify the three key components.

The Next Generation of Leaders

Teach Plus | Posted 02.24.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Alexandra Fuentes As we honor our nation's leaders on Presidents' Day, few of us stop and think about our presidents as they were at age seven or...

Transforming Education Requires Talent at Every Level

Scott Morgan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Scott Morgan

We will never build high-performing school systems if we drive away our top teachers at such alarming rates. The education sector must become a talent magnet that draws great people to the teaching profession and retains top performers.

To Test or Not to Test?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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?

Monitor and Adjust: The Way to Improve Education

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is important to start with what research has demonstrated to be best practice, but it isn't enough. Continual monitoring to see what is working and what needs adjusting has to happen if schools are going to improve.

Learning from Unexpected Schools

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Most schools that educate large percentages of children who live in poverty are low-performing. In fact, "high-poverty" has almost become a synonym for "low-performing." To some people, this demonstrates the inextricable link between poverty and low achievement.

Joy Resmovits

Ahead Of State Of The Union, Advocates Wonder Whether Obama Forgot Public Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama is widely expected to address income inequality in his 2014 State of the Union address Tuesday, and education advocates hope th...

It Depends. It Always Depends.

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Walkthroughs, which have become very popular, are quick dips into classrooms to observe and assess instruction; many principals are actually required to do them. The question is, are they helpful? This new study says (drumroll, please) that depends.

Beyond the Test Score Myth

Eloy Ortiz Oakley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Education
Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Kyle Cooper, Jewls Lagmna, Kristel Estoque and Faviolanny Rath are typical students at Long Beach City College (LBCC). They did pretty well in high sc...

Governor's Budget Projections Mean Huge Cuts for Kids

Emily J. Miller | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

While Illinoisians rang in the New Year with family and friends, a little-noticed new forecast released by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) on the first of the year leaves no room for celebration.

Transforming Not Just a School But a Community

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Back in 2005, I visited Atlanta's truly astonishing Centennial Place Elementary School. Serving a student body of mostly poor African American student...

How Fear Governs Our Work with Students and What to Do

Tim Elmore | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

If you ask the average parent or teacher about school safety these days, their reply would most likely indicate how fearful they are. It's easy to conclude school has never been a more dangerous place. I mean, it's true, isn't it?

Being Successful Means Never Saying You're Satisfied

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.17.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Just to give a sense of scale, only 56 percent of Maryland's fifth-graders -- and only 37 percent of low-income students -- read at an advanced level in 2013. At Chadwick, more than 95 percent of the low-income students read at an advanced level.

From Discouraged Math Student to Computer Engineer: One Doll's Story

Catherine Hill | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Hill

When a girl is exposed to a negative stereotype about girls' general ability in math right before she takes a math test, her performance worsens. So how did Barbie overcome the stereotype that girls can't excel in mathematics?