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February 27, 2013

How Cage-Busting Is Paying Off for KIPP

At KIPP, we firmly believe that what you measure matters. It's not enough to break out of the cage; you also have to show that what you're doing outside the cage is working. -- Mike Feinberg

February 22, 2013

Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa on Leadership, Personalized Learning, and Lasagna

Becca Bracy Knight had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Avossa about his entry into Fulton County, his vision of a great school system, what a "charter district" is, his personal sources of inspiration and motivation, and his culinary skills.

February 20, 2013

Busting Bureaucracy and the Beginner's Mind

Exercising a "beginner's mind" is the simplest way to cut through bureaucracy to determine whether something makes sense and in fact truly benefits students and teachers -- Becca Bracy Knight

February 19, 2013

Cabinet of Rivals: What Would Superintendent Lincoln Do?

Regardless of who's at the helm, a cabinet of rivals will have a greater chance of coming up with new ideas and solutions that help students learn and teachers thrive -- Becca Bracy Knight

October 19, 2012

Lessons From Los Angeles

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. In my book, Follow the Money, I compare the top-down approach to education reform in New York City to the slower and more open approach of Los Angeles. Today I will show that Los...

October 18, 2012

New York City: Winning the Sprint, Losing the Marathon?

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. Some large urban school districts receive millions of dollars in foundation grants, while others get none. In my book, Follow the Money, I show that the districts receiving the m...

October 16, 2012

Let's All Grant Together

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. Not too long ago, education philanthropists were facing persistent criticism for their ineffectiveness. Much of this criticism was tied to the $500 million Annenberg Challenge, w...

October 15, 2012

Introducing the Boardroom Progressives

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. Thank you to Rick, for the opportunity to guest blog. An education reform "movement" is underway. There is a common understanding of the who (Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein, Wendy K...

October 14, 2012

Strengthening Community 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. As promised, let's talk about building community demand and support for high-quality education. That's key if we're going to build great schoo...

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...

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