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Fresh Eyes on an Old Problem

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.31.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not too long ago, I spoke before a group of school leaders in a district where the new superintendent had asked me to talk about the practices of high...

Licensure System Should Promote Student Achievement

Teach Plus | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Talmadge Nardi The "License to Transform" policy brief just released by Massachusetts Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows recommends significant...

The Importance of Teaching Content

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Quite some years ago I visited a school in Baltimore City that had raised its third-grade reading scores dramatically. I wanted to see what they were doing to be so successful -- and I was curious about why its fifth-grade scores had not improved even as its third-grade ones had.

Study Supports Getting Onboard With Financial Literacy Education

Mary Johnson | Posted 07.17.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

Recent news that Florida is the first state in the nation to adopt the Council for Economic Education's National Standards for Financial Literacy is an encouraging development -- and hopefully other states will similarly follow suit.

Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tried out.

Teachers are Working Longer -- They Need Help to Work Smarter Instead

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It appears that American teachers -- well, middle school teachers, anyway -- work longer hours than their counterparts in other countries. And yet our students still don't perform all that well in comparison to those other countries. What's going on?

Michigan Charter Schools Is Why Local Control Matters

Paul Ruth | Posted 07.07.2014 | Detroit
Paul Ruth

Democracy can be a tool to recognize the shortcomings of a nation, but it takes effort to turn it into a vehicle for equality.

When Your HS Graduates Choose Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 06.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

It scares me how much the negative stereotypes of community colleges have crept into the national psyche. Because they creep into community college students' psyches as well and make them feel unworthy of success before they've even begun.

The 'Slenderman' Debate and What Parents Need to Know

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The Internet offers an unprecedented treasure trove of information and resources for all of us, and for our kids. But the recent "Slenderman" incident, for lack of a more family-friendly phrase, has thrown a spotlight on the uneasy relationship that parents have with the online world.

It's Time to Abandon Our Rube Goldberg Accountability Contraptions

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

The preoccupation with students' test scores have sometimes masked -- rather than illuminated -- causes of the real problems confronting our schools.

Crossing the Line: How the Academic Rat Race Is Making Our Kids Sick

Vicki Abeles | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

We are raising a generation of chronically sleep-deprived, anxious, caffeine-addled kids who believe that grades, rankings, AP and SAT scores, and -- of course -- college admissions are the ultimate measure of their worth.

A Tale of Two Kindergartens -- Well, Three Now That I Think About It

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In conversations about education, there is a lot of talk about "higher expectations," and it isn't always clear what that means. But in the last few ...

Leadership: A Big Thing

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I sometimes hear school and district leaders ask the question: What's the one thing that we should do to help our schools improve?

Current History in Covington High School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Before visiting a school in Kansas, I stopped by the Topeka schoolhouse museum dedicated to the desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, decide...

What Kind of Leader Should Superintendents Be?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Quite a large proportion of the 15,000 superintendents out there consider themselves to be managers rather than instructional leaders.

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

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 06.01.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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...