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November 03, 2011

Is it Pro-Teacher or Anti-Teacher to Talk About Problems of Practice?

Note: Celine Coggins, founder and CEO of Teach Plus, is guest blogging this week. There's a fascinating and very worthwhile teacher quality debate that's happening in the blogosphere right now (see Rotherham versus Weingarten and Hanushek versus Ravitch). Hanushek suggests, based on economic analy...

November 01, 2011

A Thought Experiment for Union Leaders

Note: Celine Coggins, founder and CEO of Teach Plus, is guest blogging this week. I've had the privilege of meeting with union leaders from around the country to explain what Teach Plus is. Many love it; plenty are skeptics. In every case, I begin with three opening points. First, I describe our ...

October 31, 2011

Breaking News from the Teach Plus T3 Program

Note: Celine Coggins, founder and CEO of Teach Plus, is guest blogging this week. Thanks to Rick and his crew for tapping me as a guest-blogger. I promise to live up to the provocative blogging Rick's known for later in the week. I want to start, though, by discussing one of the programs we run at ...

October 28, 2011

From Defensive Spending to Effective Spending

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. In this final post, we propose strategies for tackling the compliance rules that interfere with good educational programming. As we explored this week, these rules shape the culture of ...

October 27, 2011

Implementation Matters

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. Education policies cannot be successful if school districts are required to implement those policies in ineffective ways. While education policymakers passionately discuss the merits or...

October 26, 2011

"Time and Effort" Takes Too Much Time and Effort

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. Yesterday we talked about how the supplement not supplant rule can work against federal policy goals by impeding comprehensive school reform efforts and encouraging poor educational spen...

October 25, 2011

The Supplement Not Supplant Conundrum

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. In our last post, we introduced the idea that federal compliance rules can have an unintended effect on what goes on in the classroom by encouraging defensive spending, discouraging comp...

October 24, 2011

The Compliance Culture in Education

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. As education lawyers who work with states and school districts on federal education programs, part of our job is to advise clients on those programs' fiscal and administrative compliance...

October 21, 2011

Introducing Your Guest Stars: Junge & Krvaric, Coggins, and Elden

Hidy, all. So I'm taking one of my quarterly breaks from RHSU for the next few weeks. Happily, once again, I think we've assembled a terrific line-up of guest bloggers. They're all a lot more interesting and accomplished than yours truly, so it should make for a lively stretch. First up, next week...

August 05, 2011

Pedagogy v. Content Expertise

Note: Michael Bromley, a teacher in Washington, DC, is guest-posting this week. I'm finally coming to terms with modern education theory, or pedagogy. Six years ago I was hired to teach U.S. Government, and was put directly onto something called "World Cultures." I was given the textbook and told t...

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