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July 20, 2012

Meaningful Assessment and the Garden Shed

Note: Trenton Goble, Chief Academic Officer of MasteryConnect, is guest posting this week. I want to thank Rick for allowing me this forum to share my thoughts on assessment and offer a special thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts. How can we help teachers find real v...

July 18, 2012

It Takes More Than a Minute to Win It

Note: Trenton Goble, Chief Academic Officer of MasteryConnect, is guest posting this week. Today I am going to take a deeper dive into the world of educational testing. I will hopefully make sense of it all in Friday's post where I will explain the importance of teaching students how to build a gar...

July 16, 2012

Is All of This Testing Really Necessary?

Note: Trenton Goble, Chief Academic Officer of MasteryConnect, is guest posting this week. I want to thank Rick for giving me the opportunity to guest blog this week, and hope you will join in on the conversation. Over the last 20 years, I have worked as an elementary school teacher, principal, a...

July 13, 2012

Whence Comes Success in NYC Schools?

Note: Daniel Lautzenheiser, program manager in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is guest posting this week. This week I've looked at two of the most popular K-12 issues--teacher quality and school accountability. My plan was to conclude today with a third--what lesson...

July 12, 2012

A Tale of Two Schools

Note: Daniel Lautzenheiser, program manager in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is guest posting this week. If there's ever a tangible physical reminder about the differences in education quality in a particular locale, it is found on the floors of a school building on...

July 10, 2012

A Good Teacher Is Hard to Find, Continued

Note: Daniel Lautzenheiser, program manager in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is guest posting this week. A few lingering thoughts from yesterday's post that didn't fit cleanly into the original narrative. First, by way of clarification, the "loose on entrance and...

July 09, 2012

A Good Teacher Is Hard to Find

Note: Daniel Lautzenheiser, program manager in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is guest posting this week. Thanks to Rick for letting me fill in for him for a second go-round. Last time, I talked about a few of the lessons I've learned in a couple years studying educ...

July 06, 2012

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Lautzenheiser, Goble, Fennell, and Morris/Stone

Hey folks. So I'm heading off for a few weeks. I'll be teaching at UPenn and Rice, visiting with UVA's School Turnaround Specialist Program and Clark County's reformers, and generally getting out and about. I'll have a chance to read and talk to a bunch of interesting people. Hell, with any luck,...

April 27, 2012

Trend Three: Pulling the (Parent) Trigger

Note: Andrew Kelly, a research fellow at AEI, is guest-posting this week. Unless you've been under a rock for the past year, you've heard about the "parent trigger." In principle, the trigger is a simple and powerful idea: parents in a chronically failing school can band together and petition the ...

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 ...

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