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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...

August 24, 2011

Randi and I Argue, Earth Rumbles

If memory serves, the old TV show Hart to Hart used to begin with the narrator intoning, "And when they met, it was murder." Well, yesterday AFT honcho Randi Weingarten and I engaged in a hard-hitting but genial debate at the Fordham Institute. Within a couple hours, we experienced the most severe...

July 06, 2011

Some Tips on Working with Legislators

I'm heading out to Denver tomorrow for the big Education Commission of the States conference, including a raft of smart policymakers, scholars, and educational leaders. It got me thinking about the frustration I've so often heard from educational and civic leaders who are having trouble connecting ...

June 08, 2011

Lessons for a Biz Community Ready to Step Up

For several years now, I've worked with my friends at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) to provide the training and support that can help state and local business leaders become more effective partners in promoting educational improvement. I've frequently given a speech to the USCC's LEADs semina...

May 25, 2011

Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit

Monday, at AEI, we hosted one of our major conferences, on "Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit: Sobering Lessons from a Half Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America's Schools" (you can watch it here). The conference featured eleven new papers by authors including Mike Smith, Checker Finn, ...

May 06, 2011

LAUSD's John Deasy: "We Improve Instruction"

In the past month, new superintendents have taken the reins of the nation's three biggest school systems, in New York, L.A., and Chicago. These three friends--Dennis Walcott, John Deasy, and J.C. Brizard--have the chance to become the face of the next half-decade of school reform in the same way th...

March 22, 2011

School of One Leaving the Nest

Today, School of One honcho Joel Rose announced that he's departing the New York City Department of Education to launch an independent effort to take the School of One to scale. It's not yet clear what the new organization will be named, but Rose will be founder and CEO. Rose drafted the original ...

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