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February 27, 2019

How Do School Choice and Funding Work in Australia?

In Australia, 34 percent of all students attend publicly subsidized, fee-charging private schools. Here's how the system works, write guest bloggers Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Meghan Stacey, and Matthew A.M. Thomas.

February 25, 2019

Living and Learning in the "Land Down Under": Education in Australia

Guest blogger Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj is spending the year as a visiting researcher at Australia's University of Sydney. Here's what she's learned about the Australian education system and how it compares to the U.S. system.

February 22, 2019

The One Thing Every Teacher Needs

There's one thing which every single educator wants: more time. Here's the best way to get it, per guest blogger Sara Ziemnik.

February 20, 2019

Two Things Teachers Tire of Hearing

Instead of repeating two trite statements to teachers, we should take three steps to keep the best and brightest in our classrooms, according to guest blogger Sara Ziemnik.

February 18, 2019

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Teaching

If Sara Ziemnik (a veteran Ohio high school teacher and 2017 National History Teacher of the Year) wrote herself a letter when she was just finishing college, here's the advice she would give.

February 15, 2019

Special Education Reform That's Great for Students—and the Budget!

The big shifts in special education cost no more and sometimes less than ineffective current practices. How can better not cost more? Guest blogger Nate Levenson names three reasons.

February 13, 2019

Special Education Reform That's Good for Teachers

Helping students with disabilities can be stressful for teachers. Here are three ways a new approach could help, writes Nate Levenson.

February 11, 2019

Special Education Reform Is Entering a New Era

Good news and special education don't often go together, but a new grassroots effort is helping kids, teachers, and taxpayers alike. Key to this new approach are three shifts in thinking and practice, per guest blogger Nate Levenson.

February 08, 2019

What Kind of Programs Can Help Teacher Diversity?

As we approach the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision, the lack of teacher diversity is stubbornly persistent. "Grow Your Own" programs are one promising solution.

February 06, 2019

Use Caution When Measuring School Quality

All data tell a story, even if that story is incomplete. In the rush to provide parents with information about school performance, we should make sure we're measuring what matters.

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