Watching North Star Academy Teach Shakespeare

Yesterday I observed English classes at Newark's North Star Academy College Preparatory High School. From an instructional perspective, it was breathtaking.


On Doing Versus Arguing: The Power of Teacher Choice

Teachers deserve to choose their school based on its vision and to know that others have chosen intentionally as well. This creates fidelity, which is key to schools' success.


Teachers Without Cages: Teachers and Their Talent for Problem-Solving

Teachers are full of entrepreneurial, problem solving talent. This is the most important link between Teach Like a Champion 2.0 and The Cage-Busting Teacher


Finding Needles in Rapidly Growing Haystacks: The Challenge of Data in Education

We have so much data in education, but just because it's collected does not mean that it is particularly valuable or even usable.


Name That Baby: Why 'Non-Cognitive' Factors Need a New Name

The term "non-cognitive" factors manages to be simultaneously vacuous and misleading. This has real consequences for education and should be remedied.


The Future of Professional Development Is Teacher Empowerment

During my time in Baltimore, the Baltimore City Public School System developed toward what I believe is the future of professional development for teachers in the United States.


What Should We Teach Students About Their Role in the World?

I see many schools struggling with the tension between promoting student leadership and ensuring they learn everything in the curriculum.


Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Lemov, Chartock, Eskelsen García, & More!

With The Cage-Busting Teacher arriving later this month, I'm taking a blogging sabbatical. Here's your lineup of guest stars.


Creativity, Cartels, and the Supply Side of Choice-Based Reform

School choice debates often ignore a central issue: the supply side. The supply side has immense creative potential and can shatter existing cartels.


Of K-12 Talkers and Doers

In life, there are doers and there are talkers. In schooling today, I'm afraid that some well-intentioned talkers have forgotten that they aren't actually doers.


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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