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November 05, 2018

Does Dressing Up Education Reform as a Civil Right Make a Difference?

Baptizing a policy as a "civil right" might improve its political prospects, but it's not a magic incantation guaranteeing policy success, according to guest blogger Josh Dunn.

November 02, 2018

Policy Windows Aren't All They're Cracked Up to Be

An Overton Window is a moment in time when a particular policy that perhaps was considered extreme or impossible before becomes possible. But policy windows can be problematic. Here's why.

October 31, 2018

When Did You Learn Your First Lesson About the Bush-Obama Reform Era?

Those bullish on the federal government's ability to effect positive change should proceed only with caution. The more complex the change, the less likely the federal government can get it done, according to guest blogger Mike McShane.

October 29, 2018

Can an Obscure Law of Technology Help Explain Federal Education Policy?

Amara's Law states that we overestimate the effects of new technologies in the short term and underestimate their effects in the long term. Here's why the same could be true of education policy reforms, as explained by guest blogger Mike McShane.

October 26, 2018

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: McShane, Dunn, Dahill-Brown, Pianta, and Carlson

For the next few weeks, I'm going to be out and about discussing my new edited volume, Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned. While I'm away, several of the book's contributors will stop by to reflect on what we've learned from the Bush-Obama era. Here's who you can look forward to reading.

August 31, 2018

How High School Work-Study Fosters Civic Purpose

Cristo Rey students routinely work outside of school, which bolsters their ties to the community and provides a sense of civic purpose, as explained by guest blogger Brendan Bell.

August 29, 2018

The Art of Disagreement in Social Studies Class

These three teaching methods for social studies classes can help students learn how to disagree well, according to guest blogger Brendan Bell.

August 27, 2018

4 Tensions in Civics Education

There are still a handful of conversations that states, schools, and practitioners will need to have about how to effectively implement civics instruction. Guest blogger Brendan Bell lays out four key tensions for leaders and practitioners to weigh.

August 24, 2018

Five Questions About Data Use for School Leaders

If principals can't answer these five questions about data use, they've got a problem. Guest blogger Anna Egalite encourages school leaders to take charge of their data this school year.

August 22, 2018

School Leaders Can Help Reduce Minority Teacher Turnover

Teacher turnover and shortages are challenges that the entire education field faces, but these challenges are especially acute for teachers of color. Guest bloggers Anna Egalite and Constance Lindsay discuss how school leaders can address these issues.

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