We are, let's face it, a Tower of Babel when it comes to defining what we're all doing here. That sounds disparaging, but I don't actually mean it that way. Reimagining the desired outcomes and the common student experience of America's public schools is a messy, chaotic business - and that's what real change looks like.


For the first fifteen years of my career, I had a stubborn "kids' lives are at stake" mindset that championed certainty and perfection. I've since realized that what kids' lives really depend on is me having a growth mindset that champions curiosity over certainty and iteration over perfection


People in Boise don't spend a lot of time talking about themselves or their accomplishments. They just get on with the work at hand, and in their free time enjoy the state's abundant natural beauty.


The era of standards-based reform has brought significant progress to America over the last 25 years. Especially in states that pursued it with consistency—Massachusetts, Maryland and Texas, for example—the results are clear.


After a year of research and outreach, today the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and Internet released a new report that describes a vision for an approach to teaching and learning that places the student at the center.


There are a lot of interesting things to say about the Baltimore venture ecosystem. The Baltimore/Washington area contains a shockingly high percentage of the most successful education businesses, including Laureate Education, American Public Education Inc., Blackboard, and 2U.


In order to affect positive change in education we must stand on the shoulders of giants. Education is multi-faceted, multi-layered, and often under-resourced; it can benefit from coordinated, strategic and engaged partnerships that span from the classroom to the White House.


Technology purchasing at scale can be difficult. The possible pitfalls are many, and cash-strapped education institutions are generally less equipped than most to navigate the intricacies of a major purchase of devices. As the trend toward blended learning gains momentum, getting technology purchases right becomes ever more important.


We tend to think of schools as places where young people gain the knowledge and skills that will carry them forward into college, life and successful careers. That's absolutely right, though truly great schools build their academic program around a strong focus on positive youth development. They recognize and prioritize in their practice that young people need the consistent support of caring adults


As families and communities gather to watch students walk across the stage in cap and gown to receive a high school diploma, it is often a time of great celebration. Sadly, according to a new analysis from the NAEP governing board, fewer than 40% of of seniors are prepared for college. Further, many graduate without a clear plan for college or career-ready skills.


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