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October 08, 2020

An Innovative Way to Professionalize Teaching and Boost Teacher Pay

Webs of rules, routines, and administration often stop teachers from growing in their role or bending it to suit their strengths and passions. Here's a way to bust those traps.

March 26, 2020

Sal Khan on Coronavirus: Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home

As schools across the country closed, Khan Academy, with the support of Bank of America, pushed to create daily learning schedules for students age 4-18 and expand access to its online resources for millions.

October 21, 2019

What Teach to One Has to Teach About Education's Innovation Problem

Even the most promising education innovations often struggle to gain traction. In a new paper, New Classrooms CEO Joel Rose identifies three barriers to innovation and what to do about them.

December 03, 2018

21st-Century Education Policy Enters Its Afternoon Rerun Stage

After years of prime-time play with Oprah, "Education Nation" glitz, and State of the Union applause lines, 21st-century education policy has reached its rerun stage. How can we tell?

February 12, 2018

A Confession and a Question on Personalized Learning

Last week, Amplify CEO Larry Berger sent me probably the pithiest and most useful take I've seen on personalized learning. If this is the spirit that winds up informing our efforts on personalized learning, SEL, or CTE, it'll be a blessing and a boon.

April 26, 2016

Entrepreneurial School Improvement

It's worth keeping in mind the underlying rationale for educational entrepreneurship— that American education is in need of transformative improvement, and that it's easier to promote that kind of change by launching new ventures than by wrestling with the conventions of established systems.

June 25, 2015

The State of K-12 Educational Entrepreneurship

K-12 educational entrepreneurship today is marked by at least three major tensions that deserve a lot more careful attention.

September 24, 2012

Checking Out ClassDojo

As I wrote recently, the most intriguing edu-innovations are those tools that are cost-effective and able to be replicated at scale. They're not dependent on recruiting or training thousands of superhero teachers and don't claim to fix schools or classrooms. Instead, they're tools that might be able...

August 29, 2012

Not All Innovations Are Created Equal

We throw around the phrase "innovation" a lot in education. When talking about new sector providers, new school models, or education technology, there's a tendency to use "innovation" as a lazy, all-purpose label. Of late, I feel like I've been pitched a wave of "innovations" by would-be reformers...

December 05, 2011

Why Education Innovation Tends to Crash and Burn

Having opined a good bit about "innovation" (check out Ed Unbound for much of my current thinking), I'm sometimes asked about why it's so hard to scale promising programs, models, pilots, and notions. On that note, I just had the chance to spend a few days with a bunch of terrific folks discussing ...


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