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August 29, 2016

Building on Minecraft's Educational Potential

I am starting to get the hang of Minecraft's basic controls and gaining a glimpse of why kids and some adults are excited about it. But what to do with the dead pigs?

August 25, 2016

Adventures in Minecraft: They Say It's Easy for Kids

I decide to try Minecraft. Kids are crazy for it; the building block game motivates them. After an afternoon of learning curve, I need to call my 9-year old tutor.

August 17, 2016

Former Calif. School Chief Pushes Back Against Test-and-Punish Reforms

Former California State Superintendent Bill Honig has created a web site to buoy the 'build-and-support' approach to reform and to oppose test-driven sanctions and charter school expansion.

August 16, 2016

Counting 'Proficient' Students Creates Bad Accountability

Accountability targets based on the percentage of 'proficient' students obscure real differences between schools, encourage bad instructional practices, and encourage the wrong kind of intervention, writes Morgan Polikoff.

August 09, 2016

What If Failing Schools Were Supposed to Heal Themselves?

The California Commission on Education Excellence is building a non-bureaucracy that's uses continuous improvement rather than mandates to heal ailing schools. It's head, Carl Cohn, explains in this annotated interview.

July 12, 2016

Have Education Politics Gotten Out of Control?

A half-century ago no one talked about schools as political. Now everyone does. But is it 'good' politics?

June 20, 2016

How School Leaders Can See Through Ed-Tech Hype and Make Smart Choices

Schools make bad edtech choices, writes EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran but they don't have to...with a little thought, reflection, and help from their friends.

June 17, 2016

Is Philanthropy Plan for L.A. 'Great' or Just Grating?

The 'Great Public Schools Now' announced Thursday by charter-friendly philanthropists isn't great. It's not even much of a plan, but it has our attention.

June 13, 2016

Can 'Deeper Learning' Drive Teacher Power?

Historically, the idea of teacher power has been associated with faculty running schools. A new report links teacher influence and providing deeper-learning experiences.

June 10, 2016

Labor-Management Initiative Moves Forward in Second Year

California's new Labor-Management Initiative has been teaching how to build collaborative relationships. Its success is key to the state's reform agenda.

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