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December 23, 2016

Education, Polarization, and Protest

Educational politics are becoming less local, more closely tied to national politics, and more integrated with larger partisan debates.

December 21, 2016

Embracing Nuance and Diversity in State Ed. Reform

Many of the policy failures of the last 15 years, both practical and political, can be attributed to a disproportionate emphasis on a top-down approach to reform.

December 19, 2016

Trump, DeVos, and an Uncertain Road Ahead in Education

This week, Sara Dahill-Brown reflects on how we arrived at this particular moment in order to uncover lessons that might help anticipate what education reform and policy will look like in the coming years.

December 16, 2016

Is it Time to Rethink Standards?

Perhaps it's time to reframe our conversations about standards to give local communities more power to determine what it means for their children to be well prepared for life after high school.

December 14, 2016

10 Questions About Our New Federal Education Agenda

It appears that choice will be the cornerstone of our new federal education agenda. For everyone who cares about the future of public schooling, the question is, how will we respond?

December 12, 2016

Theories Must Be Put to the Test

Now is the time for local leaders to create, test, and revise new theories of action to see if they can lead to improved outcomes for children.

December 09, 2016

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of a 'Classroom Up' Reform

Most of the big ed-improvement policies and structural reforms blowing through so much time, money, and angst are accomplishing little more than beating a blind horse.

December 06, 2016

Will ESSA's Evidence Requirements Spur Actual 'Best Practices'? (No.)

It's far past time for us to take more critical and honest looks at the practices—and their underlying foundational ideals/philosophies—we've long accepted as 'best'.

December 05, 2016

Opening Thoughts From a Little 'r' Reformer

This week, Eric Kalenze will be discussing how to productively transform classroom practices—including exploring the role of research and evidence, considering some promising, practitioner-empowering models, and suggesting some areas for skeptically guarded hope.

December 02, 2016

'No Excuses' Schools, Irrelevant Discipline, and Culturally Responsive Mediation

This week, L. Trenton Marsh will be discussing the history of U.S. school choice with a particular emphasis on urban districts, and providing an ethnographic perspective on "no-excuses" charter schools.

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