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Is School Disruptive Innovation a Good Thing?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

The challenge of implementing disruptive innovation within a school has never been more apparent than in recent weeks, as skeptics turned giddy when Rocketship Education, one of the most innovative school systems in the nation, stumbled.

Unions Lack a Long-Term Winning Strategy

Richard Whitmire | Posted 07.10.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

New York City teachers union boss Michael Mulgrew is feeling good about his "war with reformers." He should; Mulgrew and other anti-reformers are on winning streaks.

Let Top Charters Flourish

Richard Whitmire | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Let educators create great public charter schools. Give families the power to choose these schools. It is only by handing power back to educators and families that our nation will ever achieve academic greatness.

Is Education on the Cusp of a Turnaround?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.21.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Americans continue to lose faith in their public schools, a Gallup poll reported recently. Less than a third of Americans said they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in schools. Why the drop?

Obama and Romney Right to Agree on Charters

Richard Whitmire | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Obviously, Romney and Obama have no shortage of differences, some of them stark. But the shared desire to expand quality charter schools places both Romney and Obama on the right side of the same issue.

Abandon "Students of Color" Category

Richard Whitmire | Posted 07.03.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

We need to stop lumping black and Hispanic students together -- both in terms of how we measure progress and in terms of policy. The groups have different educational needs.

Richtel's Rearview Mirror Misses The Mark

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 11.06.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Matt Richtel's Sunday feature in The New York Times did a disservice to the field of personal digital learning. Richtel knows well the case for digital learning; he just chose to leave it out.

Aspen Institute and the McNulty Foundation: What's in a Prize?

John Danner | Posted 06.14.2013 | Impact
John Danner

I had the privilege of accepting the prestigious McNulty Prize, awarded by the Aspen Institute and the McNulty Foundation. This prize means big things to Rocketship Education, and I'm proud and excited by the opportunities it confers.

A Rocket for Change

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Tom Vander Ark

John Danner kicked off the Rocketship Education advisory meeting in Palo Alto with a brief review of charter school history. It became very clear that we are entering into a new production model for charter schools. Let's call this Charter 2.0