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April 26, 2012

Trend Two: Don't Hate, Vertically Integrate

Note: Andrew Kelly, a research fellow at AEI, is guest-posting this week. On Monday I talked about what the burgeoning of middle-class urban dwellers may mean for charter schools. Today I'm talking about how some charter organizations are actively developing new markets, and what this might mean ...

April 23, 2012

Turn and Face the Strange... Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Note: Andrew Kelly, a research fellow at AEI, is guest-posting this week. Greetings devoted RHSU readers! I'm Andrew Kelly, Rick's colleague at AEI. Before I begin, let's first hear it for Robin Lake of CRPE for her prolific and thought-provoking week of guest-blogging. In thinking about what ...

April 20, 2012

Where's Innovation for Kids Who Need It Most?

Note: Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington, is guest-posting this week. It's been a real pleasure to air some ideas with you this week. Sincere thanks to Rick and the AEI team for lending me the space. Thanks also to my CRPE colle...

April 19, 2012

Teacher Evaluations: We Need Trust, Not Just Tools

Note: Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington, is guest-posting this week. As almost everyone admits, the traditional teacher evaluation system is about as useful as the old Mac Plus buried in my basement. As we work to improve it, w...

April 18, 2012

Who Will Work in the Schools of the Future?

Note: Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington, is guest-posting this week. Chapman Snowden was really interesting last week, wasn't he? (Plus, he has such a cool name.) I loved that he pushed the tech industry to pay more attention t...

April 17, 2012

Premature Praise for Turnaround Schools

Note: Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington, is guest-posting this week. A few weeks ago, CRPE released a study of Washington State's first-year implementation of federal School Improvement Grants (SIG). Unfortunately, in our corne...

April 16, 2012

"Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes"

Note: Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington, is guest-posting this week. When your kids make you watch "Star Wars: Episode III" for the 29th time, your attention can't help but wander, and the characters start to seem like they're ...

April 13, 2012

Education's Journey Into Space

Note: Chapman Snowden is the founder of Kinobi and an innovator in training at 4.0 Schools. Evidently it's easier to send people to space than it is to fix education reform. At the 2012 SXSW Interactive Conference, Peter Diamandis, CEO of the X Prize Foundation, announced that he was looking to cr...

April 12, 2012

Riders on the Storm

Note: Chapman Snowden is the founder of Kinobi and an innovator in training at 4.0 Schools. So I casually mentioned the entrepreneur's tension between confidence and hubris in yesterday's post. It is not a tension to be taken lightly, as it is an important factor in our success as ed tech entrepren...

April 11, 2012

The Devil Went Down to the Details

Note: Chapman Snowden is the founder of Kinobi and an innovator in training at 4.0 Schools. First let's welcome Stew Stout from Kickboard back to the table--he's helped me with this post. Ed tech entrepreneurs need to work with teachers and school leaders to understand their needs. This is what sh...

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