What would be the biggest game-changer when it comes to American public education? And what if we tried it in New York City? Sam Chaltain has a New Year's resolution for the new mayor.

This holiday season, after you're done baking your holiday sugar cookies, educator Kim Farris-Berg recommends you cook up some . . . intrinsic motivation? There's a recipe for that?

As speculation abounds as to whom New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will choose to be his schools chancellor, PBS's Learning Matters launched a new web series profiling one of the leading contenders: Montgomery County (MD) superintendent Joshua Starr. Will he make a good choice? See for yourself.

When it comes to creating more high-performing school cultures, increasing accountability is all the rage. But what if there's a better, less traveled way to transform schools? Kim Farris-Berg suggests that there is, and that the research supporting its path is clear.

If you want to really understand what's happening in American education, Sam Chaltain urges us to spend the Monday after Thanksgiving in a school with high concentrations of students living in poverty. Why?

In this guest post, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Executive Director Kimberlee Kiehl wonders if our historic fixation on getting kids to fit in is getting in the way of creating communities to which they feel they belong, and suggests a few ways we might need to change our practices as a result.

New Jersey shoppers and Indian sugarcane farmers might have something to teach us about poverty and cognitive load. If you're an educator working with low-income children and families, you're going to want to know what the researchers found out.

Guest Column by Kim Farris-Berg Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Gallup published the results of their annual poll of "The Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools" back in August 2013, and one of the findings has been on my mind ever since. That is, 72 percent of Americans have trust and confidence in the women and men who teach in public schools. Among Americans under the age of 40, that number goes up: 78 percent trust teachers! That's an exciting statistic, and it was widely reported and celebrated. Yet it seems to me that, "Do you trust teachers?" is an ...

I support school choice - but it's complicated. I live in Washington, D.C., where almost half of the city's students attend charter schools. I helped launch a charter school here. My son attends another one, and the city is beginning to see some real collaboration between its charter schools and the district. Good things are happening. At the same time, I worry about what might happen if too many of us simply assume that the invisible hand of the modern school marketplace - or, worse still, the incentivizing hand of the modern school official - is a sufficient strategy ...

Guest post by Kimberlee Kiehl As I sit working in my D.C. apartment, shut out of our school at the Smithsonian because we are deemed "non-essential," I am thinking about how this phrase in many ways applies to how we see early learning in this country overall. This is my second go round in early childhood. I spent 12 years as a tenured professor teaching early childhood classes and running a lab school and then left the hallowed halls to be the COO at a large science museum. I came back to my first love -- early childhood -- ...


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