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November 06, 2019

Can Early-Childhood-Education Programs Deliver If Lead Teachers Are Paid Less Than Dog Walkers?

I worry that Colorado, like many states, will expand early education on the cheap, expecting teachers without health-care coverage or a living wage to prepare our youngest children for the future, says Van Schoales.

November 04, 2019

Does America Have Education Standards?

It is time to refocus on building competency-based schools that work over time rather than forcing top-down laws that end in superficial changes in policy and no change in student outcomes, says guest blogger Van Schoales.

November 01, 2019

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Schoales, Rhames, Sonbert, Saultz, and Sattin-Bajaj

I'm about to take a blog break, so that I can concentrate on some writing that runs more than 800 words a pop. While I'm away, we've got a stellar lineup of guests who've agreed to step in.

August 30, 2019

How to Ease 'Time and Effort' Paperwork Requirements

Because "time and effort" rules are confusing, they encourage defensive spending—spending that is safe from an audit perspective rather than effective, according to guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric.

August 28, 2019

How to Make Title I Plans Work Better for Struggling Schools

ESSA requires some high-poverty, low-performing schools to develop two different plans for improving student outcomes—an expensive system that fragments student services, according to guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric.

August 26, 2019

A Modest Proposal for Improving Title I Without Legislation

Title I is ESSA's largest education program, giving about $15.9 billion annually to high-poverty schools. Guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric discuss how spending guidance would make the program more effective.

August 23, 2019

Why We Should Let Students Struggle

Rigorous coursework helps students learn time management and the costs of procrastination. But too many students are being taught instead to await a bailout, writes guest blogger Loren Baron.

August 21, 2019

How to Combat the Pressure for Student Perfection

In the IB Diploma Programme, graders start at the bottom of the rubric and work their way up. This process emphasizes growth over gaps in students' understanding, says guest blogger Loren Baron.

August 19, 2019

How to Make IB Diploma Programmes More Equitable

Schools frequently define success in the Diploma Programme by how many students earn the IB diploma. Guest blogger Loren Baron argues that's the wrong metric.

August 15, 2019

Using the Bully Pulpit to Take a Stand in the Arena

Working on a state board of education involves many challenges, some failures. But, as guest blogger Jessica Sutter writes, it is also an opportunity and a duty to speak out for educational equity.

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