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"Every Number Represents a Kiddo's Face"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Last week I quoted a principal who said about the student achievement data in her school, "They are just numbers, but the teachers here know that every number represents a kiddo's face."

Driving for Equity -- in What?

Kati Haycock | Posted 10.10.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Count me among those who applaud the new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on enforcing fair access to critical educational resources. Fo...

The True Story of Public Education in America

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Instead of starving our schools of critical funding and pushing market-based, test-driven policies that ultimately fail our kids, we should be relying on evidence and input from those closest to the classroom to find solutions that work.

Superintendent Leadership: Does It Really Matter?

Becca Bracy Knight | Posted 09.18.2014 | Education
Becca Bracy Knight

Our observations of urban system leadership over the past dozen years suggest several opportunities for improving the impact of school district leaders:

On Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Poverty isn't like polio, which can be cured in one treatment. The factors that lead to a child being in a disadvantaged family at preschool are likely to persist afterwards, and top-quality education is needed at every age to help children overcome effects of poverty.

Evidence to the Rescue! Whole School Option for SIG

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The U. S. Department of Education has just released draft regulations that will substantially change School Improvement Grants (SIG). Within the doc...

School Reform Is Empty Without Love and Support

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In a recent article in The New York Times, David Kirp wrote in opposition to "business models" being applied to education: Assessments, accountabil...

A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...

Doing Well in School Matters... So Does Good Character

Christine French Cully | Posted 10.19.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

People can't be truly happy if cruelty and insensitivity are part of their make-up. To raise successful children, we must cultivate kindness.

Reading by Third Grade - Or Else

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Given the well-founded concern about third grade reading, you'd imagine that policymakers would be rushing to implement proven approaches. But the reality is otherwise.

Evidence, Brown, and the Civil Rights Act

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In my own field, education, the "gap" between white students and African American and Hispanic children is always decried but never solved. It has remained about the same since 1980. Could we solve it?

The Importance of Teaching Content

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 09.21.2014 | 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.

An Emergent Approach to School-Community-Family Partnerships

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.20.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

The recent article on Strategic Philanthropy for A Complex World explored the idea of an "emergent approach to philanthropy." It evoked several thoug...

On Teacher Evaluation

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In concept, evaluating teachers makes perfect sense. In what private company are employees not evaluated and held accountable for their contribution to their company's bottom line? In practice, evaluating teachers is not so easy.

Unleash the Mighty Paraprofessional

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 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 ...

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

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.15.2014 | 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.