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October 13, 2012

Strengthening Parental Demand and Support for High-Quality Education

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Follow Bill and GreatSchools on Twitter at @Bill_Jackson and @GreatSchools. Yesterday, I came down firmly on the side of investing parents and local communities with lots of responsibility and authority for their child...

October 12, 2012

How Should We Hold Schools Accountable?

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Follow Bill and GreatSchools on Twitter at @Bill_Jackson and @GreatSchools. I'd like to shift gears a bit today and talk about accountability. If you read my Tuesday post, you know that I have certain ambitions for my...

October 11, 2012

My Dream School-Information System

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Follow Bill and GreatSchools on Twitter at @Bill_Jackson and @GreatSchools. My dream school information system would provide insight into whether a particular school would help my daughters realize my aspirations for t...

October 10, 2012

Assessing the Quality of an Elementary School

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Tomorrow, we'll talk about my dream school information system - what I'd really like to see out there to power informed school choice. Before we do that, though, I'd like to share how I would go about assessing the q...

October 09, 2012

Parents' Aspirations for Their Children's Education

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Rick, for the opportunity to chat it up with your peeps. And chat it up we will. About parental aspirations for their children, evaluating schools, parental expectations for schools...

October 05, 2012

Turning Around Turnarounds - The Challenges

Note: Heather Zavadsky, education consultant and author of School Turnarounds: The Essential Role of Districts, is guest-posting this week. This week I've been writing about the crucial role of districts in turnaround or school improvement. Turnaround is a tricky business that has its skeptics, par...

October 03, 2012

Turning Around Turnaround: Real-World Examples

Note: Heather Zavadsky, education consultant and author of School Turnarounds: The Essential Role of Districts, is guest-posting this week. In my last blog I asserted that dramatic school improvement, or turnaround, should leverage districts rather than individual schools to coordinate and align th...

October 01, 2012

Turning Around Turnaround - Elephants and the Role of Districts

Note: Heather Zavadsky, education consultant and author of School Turnarounds: The Essential Role of Districts, is guest-posting this week. Hello Straight Up Readers--great to be here. Before I launch into my topic, I'd like to define a couple points. Similar to Justin Cohen in his RHSU guest blog ...

September 28, 2012

Introducing Your Guest Stars: Zavadsky, Jackson, & Reckhow

Hidy folks. So, a few moments ago, I sent off the revised copy-edits for my forthcoming book Cage-Busting Leadership, due out in February from Harvard Ed Press. Between that and prepping my Borscht Belt shtick for the PIE-Net gala last night, I'm in need of a break. Doubly so when I get an email m...

September 21, 2012

Common and Uncommon Ground: The Kingsland-Thompson 'Not-Quite' Manifesto

Today, we're running a one-off guest blog. I don't usually do this sort of thing. Actually, I don't believe I've ever done it before. My policy on guests has always been to turn the blog over a week at a time during my occasional respite. But, what the hell... it's good to try new things. Here's t...

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