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November 15, 2019

Why Every Educator Needs to Run a Marathon

Guest blogger Marilyn Rhames explains why anyone who seeks to understand American public education needs to run at least one marathon.

November 13, 2019

Ed. Policy Needs More People Like Mr. Rogers

Guest blogger Marilyn Rhames reflects on how education leaders, like Mr. Rogers, should embrace all kids, build a community that kids can love being a part of, and be role models even in the midst of difficult times.

November 11, 2019

What Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West Teach Us About How Faith Shows Up in School

Faith identities influence how people show up to work and school. Giving them space to express their faith is far better than pretending that faith is nonexistent, inconsequential, or unimportant, writes guest blogger Marilyn Rhames.

November 08, 2019

Is the 2019 Denver School Board Election a Harbinger for What's Next?

Guest blogger Van Schoales discusses this week's Denver school board elections, reflecting that elections are a helpful reminder that regardless of who wins, the work continues.

November 06, 2019

Can Early-Childhood-Education Programs Deliver If Lead Teachers Are Paid Less Than Dog Walkers?

I worry that Colorado, like many states, will expand early education on the cheap, expecting teachers without health-care coverage or a living wage to prepare our youngest children for the future, says Van Schoales.

November 04, 2019

Does America Have Education Standards?

It is time to refocus on building competency-based schools that work over time rather than forcing top-down laws that end in superficial changes in policy and no change in student outcomes, says guest blogger Van Schoales.

November 01, 2019

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Schoales, Rhames, Sonbert, Saultz, and Sattin-Bajaj

I'm about to take a blog break, so that I can concentrate on some writing that runs more than 800 words a pop. While I'm away, we've got a stellar lineup of guests who've agreed to step in.

August 30, 2019

How to Ease 'Time and Effort' Paperwork Requirements

Because "time and effort" rules are confusing, they encourage defensive spending—spending that is safe from an audit perspective rather than effective, according to guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric.

August 28, 2019

How to Make Title I Plans Work Better for Struggling Schools

ESSA requires some high-poverty, low-performing schools to develop two different plans for improving student outcomes—an expensive system that fragments student services, according to guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric.

August 26, 2019

A Modest Proposal for Improving Title I Without Legislation

Title I is ESSA's largest education program, giving about $15.9 billion annually to high-poverty schools. Guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric discuss how spending guidance would make the program more effective.

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