Cage-Busting the Way to the Social Justice Humanitas Academy

The Cage-Busting Teacher will officially launch in a few weeks. When I talk about it, people naturally want examples—so here's one.

What Cage-Busters Believe

Let's discuss what cage-busting teachers believe, rather than what they are.

Elephant Hunting and the Question of 'Scale'

A reader's response to Friday's column makes me want to talk more about scaling simple and complex solutions.

Releasing Virginia's Teacher Evaluation Data Would Be a Bad Idea

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on the Virginia lawsuit about releasing individual teacher evaluation data. Let's revisit what I wrote in 2010 about the L.A. Times reporting that data.

Thinking About 'What Works'

There are at least two ways of thinking about "what works." Which camp are you in?

A Breakout Role for Teachers

Cage-busters see the classroom as a place of possibility, not a prison. They celebrate those who choose to seek new possibilities, inside or outside of the classroom.

GOP Governors Need to School Uncle Sam on Federal Role in Education

Republican nominees for 2016 must explain to voters how they can believe in both the importance of education and in a limited federal role.

What It Takes for Teachers to Lead

Across the U.S., teachers and "reformers" have been engaged in a heated stand-off. My forthcoming book, The Cage-Busting Teacher, focuses on helping teachers lead us to a better place.

It's Not Looking Good for ESEA Reauthorization

After last week, I think the chance of an ESEA reauthorization getting passed is under 5%.

Dems May Want to Watch What Duncan Is Wishing for

It's possible that a Republican might become president in 2016. Should that happen, it might be worth revisiting a possible future that I forecast in 2011.

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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