Last week, Amplify CEO Larry Berger sent me probably the pithiest and most useful take I've seen on personalized learning. If this is the spirit that winds up informing our efforts on personalized learning, SEL, or CTE, it'll be a blessing and a boon.

Today, I chat with American Federation for Children President John Schilling about the school choice landscape as we head into an election year.

Today, I chat with Build Urban Prosperity founder (and one of my former students), Mark Martin, about his new venture, Build UP, and the opportunities and challenges of the apprenticeship model.

Today, I chat with EMERGE founder Rick Cruz about his efforts to help high-performing students from underserved backgrounds attend and graduate from selective colleges.

I'm struck that our natural, admirable enthusiasm and yearning for "best practices" can turn destructive. It tempts us into an endless, circular search for solutions in which we never stop long enough to ask whether the search itself is misguided.

Today, I chat with Urban Assembly CEO Kristin Kearns-Jordan about her NYC-based organization, what they do, and some of the challenges they've faced on timely questions like graduation rates and school discipline.

Yesterday at AEI, along with my friend and colleague Mike McShane, I hosted a conference on "Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned." After spending a day noodling on the subject, I thought I'd share a few takeaways.

For the 2018 RHSU Public Influence finale, the top ten finishers for various academic disciplines, as well as for junior faculty.

Here are the 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholars Public Influence Rankings, hot off the press!

In the spirit of full transparency, here's the detailed methodology for tomorrow's 2018 RHSU Public Influence Rankings.

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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