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August 02, 2013

A Few Thoughts for Aspiring Scholars

I just spent a terrific few days out in Denver with AEI's Ed Policy Academy. We had twenty promising doctoral students from a slew of disciplines and institutions out, along with some of my favorite scholars and thought leaders. A pretty good way to spend four days, if you get the chance. One of t...

June 10, 2013

Five Suggestions for Making Edu-Conferences Less Tedious

I spend a lot of time at various national, state, and local edu-conferences. It seems that that, no matter how thoughtful the organizers and no matter the gathering's politics or point of view, they all tend to feature a lot of really long stretches of tedium. Now, let me make three things abundant...

May 20, 2013

Superintendent Turnover: Passing the Baton v. Hitting Reset

As I noted on Friday, I spent the latter part of last week out in Clark County, Nevada, talking with local leaders and the local Public Education Foundation. The Clark County School District, which encompasses Las Vegas, is the nation's fifth-largest school system (serving 310,000 kids). After two...

May 17, 2013

Newark's Cami Anderson Speaks Some Simple Truths

I spent yesterday out in Las Vegas at the Southern Nevada Leadership Summit, where the Clark County Public Education Foundation was hosting school, system, and business leaders. (Full disclosure: I'm a senior fellow for the Foundation.) One of the speakers was Newark superintendent Cami Anderson, w...

February 15, 2013

Three Years, a Sabbatical, and a Guest Star Extravaganza

So, it's been three years since I started writing RHSU. Other than some of the bizarrely ad hominem commentary, it's been terrific. But it's also a bit wearying, and I'm in need of a bit of a break (especially as I do the requisite road show and writing around Cage-Busting Leadership). So, here's th...

February 08, 2013

Data's a Tool, Not a Talisman

We believe in the promise of data--but as a tool, not as a talisman. We offer various suggestions on this count.

March 21, 2012

Why Ed Entrepreneurs Need to Be Thought Leaders

I'll offer a bit of free advice today for educational entrepreneurs and those who would be. Generally, good entrepreneurs (e.g. the ones who aren't peddling snake oil) focus on developing a terrific product or service, and on "making a difference." This mindset is pretty much innate in the entrepr...

February 16, 2012

Greetings and Salutations...Second Anniversary

The eagle-eyed Daniel Lautzenheiser reminded me that today marks exactly two years since we launched RHSU. I've enjoyed it more than I might've expected, and hugely appreciate the various folks who have been kind enough to share tips, information, and reactions. Anyway, RHSU readership is up pretty...

December 29, 2011

The Difference Between Insult and Argument

It's the end of the year, and I always get a bit reflective. As a blogger, I've long been intrigued by the "comments." I'm frequently startled by the inchoate fury of so many postings. At an intellectual level I understand this is how many engage online--and it's of a piece with talk radio and so...

September 20, 2011

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: "Dollars and Cents, & Common Sense"

L.A.'s straight-talking mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, a former teacher union organizer, one of the nation's most influential Hispanic officials, and very likely a future governor of California, visited AEI yesterday to discuss the challenges of urban school reform. I thought it to be exceptionally g...

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