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September 02, 2014

Two Schools of 'School Reform:' The Conservative and the Progressive

People ask me, "You're a reformer. How can you think X?" I think much of the confusion is because "reform" has been used to describe two different schools of thought: one progressive and one conservative.

June 07, 2013

A Road Map for System Transformation

Late last week, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, my shop at AEI released briefs by eight of the most interesting thinkers around when it comes to rethinking the contours of K-12 schooling (you can find them all here). In these pieces, which together offer up a bold, inte...

August 24, 2012

Making Sense of the "Parent Trigger"

There's been a lot of talk lately about the "parent trigger" and its import for school reform. With the first successful "trigger" effort having played out in California a few weeks back, and the impending release of the Hollywood edu-drama "Won't Back Down" on the horizon, I thought I'd subject you...

August 17, 2012

Parent Power & Education Advocacy

I recently moderated a fascinating discussion about parent engagement -- and not the kind that has to do with supervising field trips and providing extra classroom supplies. The focus was on how new organizations like DFER and 50CAN are seeking to mobilize parents when it comes to policy debates ov...

December 07, 2011

When They Denounce You Today & Selectively Quote You Tomorrow

The week before Thanksgiving, I penned "When Good Intentions Make Us Stupid." It garnered some heartening feedback from friends who found it useful. It was also quoted by many who selectively cited me in their ongoing efforts to vilify many folks whom I like and respect (as is routine when I'm cri...

November 28, 2011

An "American" Approach to K-12 School Reform

A recent series in The Atlantic has explored the "secrets of innovation" and asked which nations the U.S. ought to emulate in seeking to regain our competitive edge. As part of it, I was asked to offer my take on the K-12 question. Despite all the preaching by the high priests of international mi...

September 28, 2011

Top Ten School Reform Tweets of 2011

Am out in Seattle, where I had the honor last night of emceeing the first inaugural Eddies! Awards for the Policy Innovators in Education Network. It was a terrific time with a bunch of smart and inspiring people. With social media playing an increasingly noteworthy role in the school reform effor...

September 19, 2011

Today: L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa on Urban School Reform

This afternoon, at AEI, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is visiting to discuss the challenges of urban school reform, how to drive school improvement in a time of shrinking revenues, and the lessons he's learned in office. Villaraigosa, a longtime union organizer and former speaker of the Cal...

June 10, 2011

And the Most Overhyped Edu-Entrepreneur of the Moment Is...?

I'm up here today at UPenn's "NEST" gathering (Networking Ed Entrepreneurs for Social Transformation). Last night, after the opening dinner, a slew of interesting folks headed out for shop talk and Game 5 of Heat-Mavs. Given my knack for annoying my friends, I found myself wondering aloud about a ...

March 18, 2011

Customized Schooling

So, if you're ready to get your geek on, have I got a treat for you. Harvard Education Press has just published Customized Schooling: Beyond Whole-School Reform. The book, edited by Bruno Manno and yours truly, is an attempt to pull together a bunch of sharp thinking on how we get past just trying...

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