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January 21, 2014

Preparing Kids for More Than College

Meier: I personally hate the term "college prep." I want our students to be prepped for the real world, and I hope colleges do, too. On the whole, the thing that best helped us get kids into colleges were the kids themselves. They were unusually well prepared to carry on a conversation with adults in a thoughtful and lively way.

January 16, 2014

Pulling the Levers of Power

Pondiscio: None of these activities are as important as the message they send to the predominantly low-income kids of color we serve: your voice matters, and you have a duty to use it.

January 09, 2014

What 'System' Works for Both of Us?

Pondiscio: "Innovation," even in small entrepreneurial schools, tends to be an idea more honored in the breach than the observance. Here I think the reform impulse bears a disproportionate amount of blame.

December 17, 2013

Who's the Real Progressive?

Robert Pondiscio: If being progressive means concern with how children are educated, not the outcome of that education, then what does it mean to be progressive?

November 12, 2013

Ed Reform Needs a Nixon-to-China Moment

One of the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate is that it makes enemies of people who might be able to add value to each other's work.

September 19, 2013

What If Self-Interest Doesn't Explain Everything?

We also might want to consider that what we see as a clash of interests is really just a clash of ideology.

June 25, 2013

Changing the World, Step by Step

Armed with convincing data, our movement will earn a larger seat at the education reform table.

June 20, 2013

Schools & What We Mean by Being 'Successful'

Many find it hard now to imagine being "just" lifelong classroom teachers or even principals for decades. Those "justs" are my heroes.

June 18, 2013

There Are Good Schools Out There

"The only innovative thing left to do in education reform is to stop innovating and find the experienced educators already succeeding."

June 11, 2013

How Poverty Is Like Global Warming (& Other Parting Thoughts)

But I will repeat my supposition that to make the biggest difference for the most children growing up in poverty, what we must do is offer them incredible schools.

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