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September 10, 2018

A Timeless, Timely Challenge to Schools at 9/11's Anniversary

In a popular novel, Joe Klein once explained the need for greater civility and respect in society. It's a plea that's especially relevant for schools as we remember the tragedy of September 11.

July 09, 2018

Why We Get Tech-Enabled Personalized Learning Wrong

People seem to have a lot of concerns about personalized learning, and not enough opportunities to voice them. Today, I share a note from Steve Peha on the value of recognizing the limits of technology and digital curriculum mapping.

June 18, 2018

My Uber Driver Takes Me to School on the Teacher Walkouts

I recently hopped into an Uber while jabbering into my phone about this spring's teacher walkouts. The driver must've been listening a bit because, when I hung up, she abruptly asked, "What did you think about those teacher strikes?"

May 30, 2018

Asking the Wrong Question About Personalized Learning

Leigh McGuigan, CEO and co-founder of Vertus High School, shares a practical concern about personalized learning: How do we personalize learning for students while preparing them for what life will actually be like after high school—which, in truth, will be largely impersonal?

April 26, 2018

Personalized Learning and Ensuring That Students Learn the Tedious Stuff

In response to letters on personalized learning by Larry Berger and Joel Rose, Educational Alliance's Jonathan Skolnick raises one of the thorniest questions about the topic: How do we ensure that students in self-directed, customized environments still master skills and content that we think critical, but that they may deem tedious, pointless, and unnecessary?

April 05, 2018

A Response to Larry Berger's 'Confession' on Personalized Learning

There's a healthy tension between the promise of personalized learning and the perils of ill-conceived curricula, models, and pedagogy. And I think it's safe to say that the more plainly, openly, and respectfully that we wrestle with all of this, the better off students and schools will be.

January 04, 2018

8 Education Stories We'll Be Reading in 2018

As we wade into 2018, I thought I'd give my not-so-famed prognostication skills a spin. Here's my best guess at eight education stories we just may be reading in the year ahead.

January 02, 2018

My Education Resolution for 2018

In 2018, I resolve to speak my mind while recognizing that plenty of smart, thoughtful, informed people are inevitably going to see things differently.

December 26, 2017

The Top 10 RHSU Columns of 2017

With 2017 about to go in the books, it seems a propitious time to take a moment and reflect on the "best" of RHSU from the past year.

December 21, 2017

Santa's 2017 Naughty and Nice List for Education

In the spirit of the holidays, I reminded Santa that one of the nice things about education is that precious few people really are "against the kids." And that's nice.

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