As this country's Battle of the Edu-Tribes rages on, I find myself increasingly disinterested in the slings and arrows of each side's successive character assassination, and increasingly excited when I come upon a school, a community or an organization that is focusing all of its energies on attacking the central challenge of the day: moving away from the one-size-fits-all Industrial-era model of learning, and toward, well, something better. Perhaps I've found a new ally in Daniel Coyle. Time will tell, but a recent blog post of his, "Four Lessons from the Future of Talent Development," gives me great hope. In ...

Guest post by Lennon Flowers. It's 6:50am on a Tuesday. Erwin is knocking on Tyrell's door near the Poe Homes in West Baltimore. A few miles away, in a very different Baltimore, Mike is picking up Kelvin's favorite yogurt to add to the lunch that he will drop off at Dunbar High School that morning. Elizabeth is texting Jayden to make sure he's up and got his English paper done. To kick off her day, Cheryl is messaging Kelsey on Facebook with career ideas. Amanda is driving Juan home from rehab. Throughout Baltimore, dozens of similar exchanges will take ...

If you want to change the ongoing inequities in American society - and in our public schools - is it better to invest in universally available early childhood programs, or universally available computer tablets? If you read yesterday's New York Times, you know that two very different public figures - the University of Chicago's James Heckman, and the News Corporation's Joel Klein - have come to two very different conclusions. Heckman, one of the country's biggest champions of early childhood education, urges us to "rethink long-held notions of how we develop productive people and promote shared prosperity." The indicators of ...

The first time I learned about Diane Ravitch is a lot like the first time I learned about Ronald Reagan. Let me explain.

Are public charter schools, when it comes to the law, actually public schools? Sam Chaltain is not so sure.

IN DC, the city's public charter school board has proposed a plan that would base 80% of a Kindergarten's overall quality on its students' reading and math scores. Sam Chaltain thinks that's a bad idea -- and he has a solution to offer.

Should the early childhood community seek its own set of early learning standards? Or is the increasingly polarized debate over the Common Core reason enough to stay away?

As families across the country get ready for the rhythms of a new school year, teachers are getting ready for something else: new evaluation systems with high stakes and different definitions of what constitutes a job well done. In theory, this is a good thing. So why has almost every new framework for measuring teacher effectiveness been met with such fierce resistance?

In DC, both traditional and charter schools are claiming victory after the latest round of test score data was released. Should they be? In the end, what can test scores tell us about whether schools are succeeding or failing -- and what should we be doing instead?

Guest post by Kim Farris-Berg Would trusting teachers with authority to collectively make the decisions influencing school success be at odds with authentic parent engagement? I can see how, from some points of view, the language suggests yes. The idea can easily come off as "just trust the educators, and save the families from themselves!" Indeed, there are people who have, at first glance, interpreted the idea that way. But trusting teachers can be a promising means to parents becoming integral to the inner workings of our schools. Debbie Pushor, Associate Professor of the University of Saskatchewan, wrote in 2007 ...


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