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School Reform

Until Schools Are No Longer Separate, We Must Strive for Equal

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

I wish my students experienced more cultural diversity. I wish my students interacted with peers of different socio-economic status. But that is not the case where communities in our country remain defined by race and class.

Let's Build Schools Worthy of American Democracy

John Thompson | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
John Thompson

To build an education system for the 21st century, we must get back to our roots and visualize schools that are worthy of American democracy.

Listen to the Teacher

Kurt Wootton | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Kurt Wootton

In reaching for solutions to our education problems, we have silenced the voices of those who matter most. We are seeing across the United States -- and in many countries around the world -- the disenfranchisement of our teachers.

Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs, But States Still Slow To Implement Reforms

Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed promise to assist education, but some of its results have yet to be realized. While education sti...

Debate Over Year-Round Versus Traditional Schools

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- By the time summer's over, many families can't wait for school to start. Working parents have struggled to find camps or babysitting, kids...

New Orleans Teachers Get Justice, but Schools in Jeopardy

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

In moving toward privatization and free-market ideology, the New Orleans school system has become in many ways much less accountable and less democratic.

Private Consultants Shape Public Schools Transformation, Shaving $50 Million

| Benjamin Herold | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of a partnership between the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks The Boston Consulting Group has...

"When Young People Are Able to Process Their Emotions They Have More Time for Learning" - Principal Sporleder

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.10.2012 | New York
Michael Jascz

This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.

Immigration Reform Is Education Reform

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

I lie whenever I stand in front of my seventh graders, and say: "Work hard and you can go to college anywhere you want and be anything you want to be." The truth is that their education, their career, their life will be influenced by immigration status.

In Support of the Whole Child

Sean Slade | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

A holistic approach brings together elements that support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged, seeking to ensure all that is required for successful life and preparation for society.

Two Cheers for the GERM Theory of School "Reform"

John Thompson | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Just as healthy schools that value diversity are the antidote to GERM, a healthy, cooperative reform movement that respects the diversity of policy positions is the antidote for the destructive virus known as teach-to-the-test.

Requiem for a Success Story

Brock Cohen | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Brock Cohen

I'm sorry for Alaina and for all the extraordinary teachers throughout California who have been unceremoniously dispatched -- and to the multitudes of students whose education will suffer for it.

Teachers Will Run Community's 6th Turnaround School

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven's turning one of its low-performing schools over to its teachers and the teache...

National Report: School Funding Practices Largely Unfair Across States

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education

A Tennessee student receives less than 40 percent of the funding received by a similar student in Wyoming, according to a new report that assesses the...

Schools Should Rethink Bigger Classes In Early Grades: Study

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.15.2012 | Education

Small class sizes are crucial for learning at the younger grades, but may be less important as children mature, according to a new study. The repo...

Struggling Newark School Prepares, Again, To Reinvent Itself

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. A new spirit of reform pervades Quitman Street Community School in Newark, N.J. In recent ...

Promise Of The 'Flipped Classroom' Eludes Poorer School Districts

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 06.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. When Portland, Ore., elementary school teacher Sacha Luria decided last fall to try out a ...

Honoring Deborah W. Meier Hero of Education Recipient Diane Ravitch

John Thompson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Education involves the exchange of ideas across diverse communities and across generations. My entire trip was a reminder that our schools must be built on the concept that Jewish people describe as L'Dor V'Dor, or "from generation to generation."

The Power to Motivate

Jack Jennings | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

We've been creating an infrastructure of school reform without addressing directly and comprehensively an essential element needed to make it work -- students' desire to learn more.

Providence: The Moment I Committed Myself to School Reform

Deborah Kenny | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
Deborah Kenny

Teachers were the answer. Though I hadn't worked out the details, I was sure the only way to fix education was to focus on people -- the teachers -- to cultivate their passion and tap into their talent. The question was how.

Ten Commandments For Education Reform

Dan Ross | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Dan Ross

We must never forget that there is no task more sacred than teaching our children, and for this reason, people of faith can no longer stand idly by as our education system betrays our kids.

Secretary Duncan Owes an Apology to Teachers

John Thompson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If teaching were just a pathway to wealth and respect, no apology could compensate for the insults and the damage that Arne Duncan has helped inflict on teachers. Teaching, however, is an act of love.

Duncan Seeks Advice: How To Have More Teachers 'Clamouring' For Low-Performing Schools?

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 07.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. As Obama's top school official came to a city turnaround school Tuesday, he popped a ques...

Suspension Rates at a Washington School Drop 85%: Does Kindness Play a Role?

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
Michael Jascz

While suspension rates have risen steadily since the 1970s, there remains little to no evidence that zero-tolerance discipline policies such as suspension and expulsion improve school safety or student achievement.

Remove Stakes From Standardized Testing to Strengthen Education

John Thompson | Posted 07.15.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Think of how the divisiveness in education would decrease if we borrowed from the Bill of Rights and adopted a code of ethics declaring, "No stakes shall be attached to standardized tests without the consent of the student or educator."