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September 28, 2012

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.

May 17, 2012

Where Will David Coleman Lead the College Board?

David Coleman, a chief architect of the common standards, is named president of the College Board.

April 19, 2012

Call to States: Revolutionize Teacher and Principal Preparation

The head of the chief state school officers' group calls on states to revamp their teacher and principal preparation to match the demands of the common standards.

April 12, 2012

Principal Who Banned Hugging at N.J. School Resigns

A New Jersey middle school principal who caused a stir when he declared that his school was a "no-hugging" school resigns.

August 17, 2010

Reading Roundup: Standout High Schools and More

A few things to read on a slow August morning: • A new report from the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard. It profiles the leadership of 15 public high schools, tracking the things they did to make their schools standouts. • A recent survey by Achieve that finds broad support for t...

April 15, 2010

Maine's Schools Chief Steps Down to Lead Test Consortium

Just minutes ago, we were telling you about how those assessment consortia are evolving in their bids for Race to the Top money. Now comes the news that Susan Gendron, Maine's commissioner of education, is leaving her job to help lead one of those consortia. The news left one state lawmaker lamenti...

November 24, 2009

'UTeach' Program Expands to Rocky Top

The University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University receive grant funding to try the "UTeach" model for training math and science teachers.

September 15, 2009

Teachers Walk the Halls of Power

The Einstein fellows program invites teachers to Washington to serve as policy advisers to Congress and federal agencies.

April 06, 2009

Advice From New Jersey: How Not to Waste Money in Closing the Achievement Gap

A school district needs to have a coherent plan in how to spend extra funds to raise academic performance for low-income, minority students in cities for the money to make a difference. If the district has a good plan, dramatic improvement can occur. If the district doesn't have a good plan, more mo...

January 09, 2009

Broad Acres Portrait

The other day, Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher wrote a nice profile of Broad Acres Elementary School, in Silver Spring, Md., a school that has made a strong turnaround academically, despite many challenges. A good number of the school’s students are in “survival mode,” the principal says...

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