We've always been designers, says Tim Brown, the CEO of legendary firm IDEO. The logic and techniques used to create widgets can also allow people to create new social systems, he says in an interview.
It's easy to lose sight of how profoundly California wants to change its education system and the political coalition that will be required.
Louisiana is poised to return New Orleans' (mostly) charter schools to local board control. This is not a return to the past, but a redefinition of local control and local politics, and others should pay attention.
Author Kate Shuster has written and taught about inequality for years, and recently turn her attention to how we teach about slavery. She's found a valuable resource.
To move beyond the failed system of naming and shaming, the accountability system needs to provide the capacity for schools to improve. Numbers aren't enough.
Equity advocates are pushing an accountability bill that is working its way through the California legislature. It could help, but it could also help recreate a failed system.
California is renewing efforts to merge special and general education. Getting there requires courage, energy and empathy, writes Arun Ramanathan.
Former superintendent and foundation head Jonathan Raymond advocates bringing special education, and its students, into the mainstream. California is taking steps in that direction.
California's accountability system is still a work in progress, even as pressures for hard-number reporting mount. Those who want to move beyond negative incentives delay at their peril.
A California appellate court struck down the Vergara lawsuit's challenge to tenure, discharge, and seniority laws. But the movement against teacher job security is still alive.