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April 15, 2011

Changing the Turnaround Risk Calculus

Note: Justin Cohen, president of the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education, is guest-posting this week. You can read more from Justin on his blog "Meeting the Turnaround Challenge" and follow him on Twitter at @juscohen. We've reached the end of the "Rick Hess Straight Up" Turnaround Ta...

April 14, 2011

Districts: Also on the Hook for Change!

Note: Justin Cohen, president of the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education, is guest-posting this week. You can read more from Justin on his blog "Meeting the Turnaround Challenge" and follow him on Twitter at @juscohen. I ended yesterday's post with what I hope was a provocative questi...

April 13, 2011

Extracting the DNA of the Successful School Turnaround

Note: Justin Cohen, president of the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education, is guest-posting this week. You can read more from Justin on his blog "Meeting the Turnaround Challenge" and follow him on Twitter at @juscohen. As I promised Monday, I intend to look at school turnaround throu...

April 11, 2011

What We Mean When We Say Turnaround

Note: Justin Cohen, president of the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education, is guest-posting this week. Greetings "Straight Up" readers! Before I start, I want to thank Rick for having poor enough judgment to let me occupy this blog for the next week. In all seriousness, though, it's ...

April 08, 2011

Turning It Over to the New Sector-ites

So, I'll be at AERA for the next few days. Planning against the possibility that I'm going to be taken into custody or forced into an undisclosed location by a cabal of irate edu-colleagues, my "plan-for-the-worst" assistant Daniel Lautzenheiser suggested we turn RHSU over to guest bloggers for the...

January 20, 2011

Why Education is Not "The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time"

Note: Meira Levinson, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is guest-posting this week. Yesterday, I wrote about what schools could do to promote "civil dialogue"--our nation's current favorite catch-phrase, until it gets buried by the next 24-hour news cycle. I've al...

January 19, 2011

What Can Schools Do to Promote Civil Dialogue?

Note: Meira Levinson, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is guest-posting this week. In his speech in Tucson on January 12, following the tragic shootings at Congresswoman Gabby Giffords' "Congress on Your Corner" meet-and-greet, President Obama called for Americans...

January 18, 2011

Is Teaching About Martin Luther King, Jr., Bad for Kids?

Note: Meira Levinson, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is guest-posting this week. I am grateful to Rick for letting me couch-surf on his blog while he vacations in truly surf-worthy climes. As a professor, I am a techno-enthusiast: I'm constantly asking my stude...

January 14, 2011

The Worst of 'Best Practices'

Note: Roxanna Elden, author of See Me After Class, is guest posting this week. Roxanna is a National Board Certified high school teacher and a member of the Teacher Leaders Network. District, county, and state education offices are fond of sharing "best practices" through professional development. ...

January 12, 2011

"What We're Trying to Say Here..." Media Training Tips for Teachers

Note: Roxanna Elden, author of See Me After Class, is guest posting this week. Roxanna is a National Board Certified high school teacher and a member of the Teacher Leaders Network. When my book came out last year, I started reading up on media training (had to get ready for all those TV interviews...

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