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April 25, 2011

Why Asking Your School Tough Questions Scares the Crap Out of You

Note: Greg Gunn, entrepreneur in residence at City Light Capital and co-founder of Wireless Generation, is guest-posting this week. I've been privileged in my career to both be a teacher and to co-found a successful educational software company, Wireless Generation. During my decade of work there,...

April 22, 2011

Stop! Using Research as a Weapon (sung in the style of Pat Benatar)

Note: Heather Harding, vice president for research and public affairs at Teach For America, is guest-posting this week. First, let me thank Rick Hess for lending me his space while he's vacationing. It's been a lot of fun to get these things off my chest and an interesting experience to be so publi...

April 20, 2011

Why Teach For America is Not Going to Become a Residency (and Perhaps Why it Shouldn't)

Note: Heather Harding, vice president for research and public affairs at Teach For America, is guest-posting this week. Let me start with this confession: I'm a huge fan of the teacher-residency model. Early in my career, I researched the possibility of a district-based teacher-training program w...

April 18, 2011

How Racially Diverse are the 'New' Reformers Anyway?

Note: Heather Harding, vice president for research and public affairs at Teach For America, is guest-posting this week. Recently, Ashindi Maxton, a Teach For America alumnus, wrote a blog about diversity in organizing and politics, declaring that while most folks in these sectors say they value d...

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...

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