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October 07, 2013

Top Ten Reasons Not to Contract With Teach For America

Local districts who contract with Teach For America have a obligation to do due diligence, negotiate the best deal, and avoid duplication of funding from state and federal governments. Local districts need to examine these ten reasons not to contract with Teach For America.

August 05, 2013

Teach America's Youngest a Second Language

Students are learning a second language at an early age because of the Global Schools Network sponsored by VIF International Education and Utah's Dual Language Immersion Program. Research demands that we follow the example of these programs and start with our youngest children.

June 27, 2013

Teach Oregon: Growing Great Teachers

Teach Oregon is a partnership between school districts and universities to develop a diverse workforce of great teachers. Oregon is tackling the toughest issues of teacher development that every state faces.

January 08, 2013

The Real Issue Isn't Common Core; It's Common Implementation

Alan Blankstein, president and founder of HOPE Foundation, offers his ideas about the implementation of the Common Core, and it starts with readiness.

December 27, 2012

Grading My 2012 Predictions

As we come to the end of 2012, I reviewed the predictions I made a year ago and graded them.

November 08, 2012

Teacher Bashing Is a Loser

Across America, the final votes are being counted and recounted, but we can be sure of one result that will not change: bashing teachers is not a winning proposition in this country. American voters still believe in those teachers that helped shape their lives and that are doing the same for their c...

October 26, 2012

Texas District Moving From Good to Great

Marian Kisch, a freelance writer out of Chevy Chase, MD, who writes a monthly column for the HOPE Foundation shares a guest blog today. She tells us about a success story that has used HOPE to help change the schools' culture and tailor school leadership development opportunities to reach the ulti...

October 12, 2012

Education Reform: Competing and Winning with Collaboration

Alan Blankstein, CEO and Founder of the HOPE Foundation, is back with a guest blog. Today he describes real reform that is sustainable because it focuses on collaboration not confrontation. "Faulty evidence and unwarranted claims." Not the strongest foundation for a major push of government policy...

September 25, 2012

Teacher Town Hall Exposes Reform Challenges

Teachers are fascinating people---especially when they get a chance to express their sincere beliefs about reform and the impact of that reform on their students and themselves. They are honest, insightful, and passionate about what they do. In these times, they are also a little fed up with the tol...

September 04, 2012

HOPE: 10 Ways to Develop Sustainable Leadership in Your School

Note: Alan Blankstein, president and founder of the HOPE Foundation, is back as a guest blogger to share some more of his work to transform public schools. Sustainable leadership is characterized by depth of learning and real achievement rather than superficially tested performance; length of impa...

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