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December 05, 2014

On Poverty, Ed Reform, and the Most Important Foundation You've Probably Never Heard Of

I'm more convinced than ever that education reform can't work without poverty reduction - and that poverty reduction can't work without education reform.

December 04, 2014

The Extracurricular Hamster Wheel: Lessons for Promoting High Performance

Extracurriculars can be both a strength and a weakness of the American education system. Lately, specialization has gotten out of hand.

December 03, 2014

The Good, the Not Bad, and the Ugly of Title IX

Parts of Title IX may be among the most successful educational policies ever, but there are also 'not bad' and 'ugly' parts of the law.

December 02, 2014

Should Local Districts Participate in International Assessments?

As PISA spills over into local educational decision making, it is reasonable to question the consequences of an international organization calling the shots.

December 01, 2014

We're Getting STEAMrolled: Stop Creating Favored Classes of Content

Data indicates a stark difference in the amount of time spent on reading and math compared to other subjects. Unfortunately, these other subjects suffer as a result.

November 28, 2014

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Plucker, Feigler, Saultz, & McShane

Some guest stars will blog on RHSU through Christmas: Jonathan Plucker, Andre Feigler, Andrew Saultz, and Mike McShane. Enjoy!

August 29, 2014

Rethinking Teacher Compensation to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Several years ago, YES Prep replaced a step-and-lane teacher compensation system with our Teacher Continuum. Here are some key lessons we've learned.

August 27, 2014

Teacher Evaluation Systems Based on Trust, Transparency, and Growth

At YES Prep, our Instructional Excellence Rubric (IER) is the foundation for our teacher development and evaluation system. Three principles for successful teacher evaluation have guided our work.

August 26, 2014

For Teacher Training, On-the-Job, Contextualized Support Is Key

What we believe contributes most to a teacher's success is the support available at school. Realizing this, we created our own teacher training and certification program.

August 25, 2014

One Secret to Success at YES Prep: Hiring the Right People

What's the secret sauce at YES Prep? This week, we will discuss the main driver of our success: the quality of our people. Let's start with how we hire them.

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