Guest contributor Kate Shuster argues that the pedagogy of debate provides a way for students to learn about slavery, and she provides links to a treasure trove of resources.
A networked LAUSD would be part conventional district, part holding company, and greater part incubator and quality control agent.
School reformers like to talk about "blow it up" dramatic change. My autonomous network idea for Los Angeles is a deliberate counter-example.
People are again talking about breaking up the country's second largest school district. I think that networks of schools would work better than smaller hierarchies.
Unless students get feedback that motivates them, the elegance of state and district data systems won't mean much.
Statewide accountability data won't create organizational learning unless it's connected to a school's story about where it's headed and what causes success.
California Superintendent Tom Torlakson discusses his second-term plans in a state that dissed NCLB, ditched single-test accountability, revolutionized finance, and raised taxes to get its schools moving again.
Carl Cohn, recently resigned California state school board member and former superintendent in Long Beach and San Diego, advocates breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
California dumped its single number achievement system, and it's headed toward a dashboard of indicators. Will the public learn to read the dials and lights or just hone in on standardized test scores?
As California redesigns its assessment system, questions of data usefulness rise to the forefront. Think rapid feedback rather than data autopsy.