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.
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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
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
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
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
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
Armed with convincing data, our movement will earn a larger seat at the education reform table.
June 20, 2013
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
"The only innovative thing left to do in education reform is to stop innovating and find the experienced educators already succeeding."
June 11, 2013
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.