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November 20, 2015

If Turning Around a School Were Easy

If improving schools was easy, we would be able to do it more frequently, and with better success. But like most things, improvement is hard, and we can learn from what doesn't work to help foster what does.

November 19, 2015

The Hidden Costs of Teacher Layoffs

Today, Katharine Strunk along with coauthor Dan Goldhaber revisit the layoff process and the impacts of layoffs on students and teachers during the Great Recession.

November 17, 2015

Beyond the Headlines: Are Teachers' Unions Really Under Attack?

Could it really be that all of the proposed and enacted legislation in the last few years is wiping out teachers' unions and the protections for which they've worked so hard? Katharine Strunk and Bradley Marianno take a look.

November 16, 2015

Teachers' Unions: Shades of Grey

Are teachers' unions, their CBAs, and their long-held legal protections actually harmful to districts, schools, students, and our system of public education?

November 13, 2015

My Teacher Leadership Fail: Up to Bat Without Practice

Teachers need to fine-tune our leadership chops. We're playing a different game in the policy world, and sometimes we find ourselves up to bat when we've been perfecting our football game. Here's a case in point.

November 12, 2015

K-12 Innovation: It's About Time

We suffer under the delusion that innovation is synonymous with technology, when what really fosters innovation is time— time for collaboration, for brainstorming, and discussion.

November 11, 2015

Making the Short Throws—Pragmatic Solutions in a Policy-Driven Conversation

Teachers are not unlike quarterbacks, and amidst this debate about the future of education, we have missed focusing on the 'short throws.'

November 10, 2015

A 'Real World' Education: The Art of Giving Zeroes

To succeed in the school realm's "Real World", one had better be perfect, have flawless on-time and attendance records, and never have circumstances that make schoolwork challenging to do. Frankly, that doesn't sound very much like the real world.

November 09, 2015

What Employers Really Want From Our Schools

Sometimes we learn the most about education by seeing it through the eyes of the people outside of it, as evidenced by guest blogger Alex Kajitani.

November 06, 2015

Consulting in Education: More Lessons Learned

The Boston Consulting Group picks up where they left off Wednesday and closes out the week with a few more lessons on the "how" of education reform.

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