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Unleash the Mighty Paraprofessional

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.26.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Paraprofessionals in schools serving many minority students are much more likely than teachers to share their students' ethnicity and language, and are more likely to live in the neighborhood.

School's Out for the Summer: Which Means Some of the Real Work Is Happening Now

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

We know that principals are the linchpin of school success. But it is by understanding some of the work that instructional leaders do to lead success that we can actually see why they are so important.

Six Low-Cost or Free Ways to Make American Education the Best in the World

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.12.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

It does not take a political genius to know that for the foreseeable future, American education is not going to be rescued by a grand influx...

Hold on -- New Orleans Isn't All Charters

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I confess to a momentary confusion when I read the headlines that all of New Orleans' traditional schools had closed and it is now an "all-charter" city.

Numbers Don't Lie, People Lie with the Numbers

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 06.05.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

About five years ago, I asked the head of my children's school how well standardized tests work. He responded with this question: How will you use the results?

Let's Have an Honest Conversation About Accountability

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.05.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Let's be clear here. Our kids take the journey through school only once; the poorest among them, in particular, need us to get serious about their education while they are on that journey, not years later.

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

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.16.2014 | 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 ...

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

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.15.2014 | 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...

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.

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?

The Positives of Uniformity: One Student's Opinion On School Dress Codes

Angelina Massoia | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Angelina Massoia

Even I, who did not suffer first hand from bullying, can remember being comforted by the fact that all of my peers would be wearing the same thing, regardless of how popular, fashionable, beautiful, or wealthy they may be.

Title I: Where the Evidence Revolution Will Happen

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Sooner or later, schools throughout the U.S. and other countries will be making informed choices among proven programs and practices, implementing t...

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.

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge: Use Proven Programs

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Discussions about evidence-based reform in education often founder on the question of financing. Who is going to provide the funding necessary to he...

'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.

Support Your Local Principal

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In big city school districts, the average superintendent only lasts for three years. That means that most barely find out what's going on before the...

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...

For our young men of color, do we have the will to make a way?

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.06.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The recently announced White House initiative "My Brother's Keeper" has triggered spirited responses about the reasons why boys and young men of color...

School Improvement Grants Embrace Evidence of Effectiveness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Despite all of the exciting gains made by evidence-based reform in recent years, all of the progress so far has been limited to development, evaluat...

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?

Eliminating Achievement Gaps in England

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Imagine that the U.S. government released a report showing that the achievement gap between White students and African American and Hispanic childre...

Hearts, Wallets, and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone knows that effective education is one of the best means of preventing all sorts of social ills. Yet when educational effectiveness reduces ...

Lessons From Innovators: Calibrating Expectations for i3 Evaluation Results

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a...

The Overachiever Complex

Quincy Bulin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Teen
Quincy Bulin

I am as guilty of the "overachiever complex" as anyone: I like to do things. In fact, I like to do a lot of things. I've got a "can't stop, won't stop" mentality and I know that for my age, I've accomplished some pretty impressive things. The problem? A lot of other people have, too.

Success in Evidence-Based Reform: The Importance of Failure

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

As always, Winston Churchill said it best: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." There is a similar Japane...