Schools and educators have failed to unleash the full power of technology and more often than not, it's a lack of quality professional development to blame. Here are seven ways educators can jump-start their professional learning program to get more teachers effectively using technology.

Transitioning to a type of ongoing, digital conversation between parents and teachers requires some work on the front end, but the payoff is great.

The word "accountability" has taken on a very narrow meaning in education policy, and, unfortunately, this meaning misses most of what happens in schools.

Though Alexander Hoffman is a fan of the Common Core, he is less than thrilled over its implementation.

Should we be surprised that people in D.C. are at risk for overreaching? Alexander Hoffman discusses.

Different education policy actors have different points of view and perspectives. This is especially true for the fundamental divide between policy-makers and families.

Can the New Orleans education reform help us think about what's going on in Detroit?

Which students are most likely to exit their districts using school choice? Josh Cowen explores, looking at examples in Michigan and Wisconsin.

According to a new study, voucher users did extremely poorly in Louisiana. But does this necessarily mean that school choice isn't working?

There's been much talk of a massive teacher shortage post-recession, but how true is this claim?

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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