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May 09, 2014

Professionalizing Teaching: What Charters Teach Us, And What They Don't

This week, I've looked at what we can learn from the charter movement to scale up promising practices in urban school districts. Today, I'll conclude with the most important piece of the strategic school puzzle: the teacher.

May 07, 2014

Scaling Strategic School Designs: Freeing Resources, Encouraging Innovation

We know that when it comes to funds, it's not just about how much you have, but how well you use it. In this realm, charters have been given the opportunity to innovate: with their money, but also with explicit flexibility to organize people, time, and technology in new ways

May 05, 2014

Three Keys for Taking Charter School Success to Scale

This week I'd like to call out three areas not often discussed in even-handed ways in which we can better understand districts' constraints, and all work together to promote "scaled up" solutions: funding, strategic school design, and restructuring the teaching job. In this blog post, I'll tackle funding.

May 02, 2014

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Hawley Miles, E4E, Lewis & Anderson, and McEachin

Enjoy the next 4 weeks of guest stars on RHSU: Hawley Miles, E4E, Lewis & Anderson, and McEachin.

February 28, 2014

E-Rate Shouldn't Have To Go It Alone in Pursuit of 99% Connectivity

This week, I've looked at an important effort to increase our schools' capacity for digital learning: E-Rate reform. A modernized E-Rate won't be complete without the FCC providing for proper accountability and oversight. While we should hold the program accountable for the dollars it distributes, has the President set our expectations for a new E-Rate too high?

February 27, 2014

Translation Please? Ed-Tech Mumbo Jumbo for Dummies

While policymakers, education policy wonks, and education leaders are trying to have smart conversations about school infrastructure--something they'll have to do more often in the digital age, regardless of E-Rate--it seems rather important they can keep these terms straight.

February 26, 2014

Making 'Cents' of E-Rate Spending

The FCC needs to acquire better information on service pricing and applicant spending, and assess whether and how to share those data. Publishing this information would be an invaluable vehicle for accountability and third-party research and analysis. And a more transparent E-Rate market could lower prices and allow funds to stretch further. Here are three changes the FCC may consider in its effort to improve transparency of E-Rate spending.

February 24, 2014

Chairman Wheeler Says 'It's Time for E-Rate to Graduate'...But Is It College-and Career-Ready?

But, dull as it can be, the digital learning conversation has to start with capacity. The movement's success relies as much on fiber and IT departments as flashier concepts like personalization and blended learning.

February 21, 2014

To Get It Right, Focus on Tests and Curriculum

For my last day here at RHSU, I'm going to go a bit into the weeds to talk about what I think are the two most important technical issues that will affect Common Core implementation. These are the quality and alignment of both assessments and curriculum materials.

February 20, 2014

To Save the Common Core, Don't Fear the Moratorium

In today's post I'm going to talk about what I view as the biggest political threat to successful implementation of the standards--teacher evaluation. Tomorrow I'm going to talk about what I view as the biggest technical threats to implementation--assessments and curriculum materials.

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