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For those concerned about the future of education reform in the United States, Los Angeles is a critical city to watch. Our nation's second largest school district faces significant education challenges, including a high drop-out rate, student achievement levels well below national and large-city averages on the NAEP TUDA assessment, a diverse and high-need student population, and a fractious political climate. Yet there are also promising initiatives underway to improve Los Angeles' lowest-performing schools, and an emerging coalition of both powerful leaders and grassroots parents and families is emerging to improve education in the city. As Director of Education Programs ...


If there's one thing that everyone in education can agree on, it's the importance and tremendous value of high-quality teachers. But our current education system does little to provide opportunities for excellent teachers to make their voices heard, to grow as leaders and professionals, or extend their impacts beyond the classroom to shape the larger education field. That's why I'm excited to feature Rabiah Harris in this year's list of leaders shaping the next generation of education. She is an exceptional middle school science teacher who has worked in a variety of district and charter settings, most recently E.L. ...


Talent matters. That seems like an obvious statement, but for much of its history our public education system failed to identify, prioritize, or value talent in a meaningful way. No organization has done more to shed light on this failure--or to try to change it--than TNTP. Their seminal 2009 report The Widget Effect highlighted the ways in which our education system ignores differences in teacher performance and quality, and the consequences of that for students. TNTP also works with school districts to redesign their approaches to human capital to prioritize effective teaching and improve outcomes for students. As a Vice ...


Urban schools have long been the focus of education reform efforts, because of the shockingly poor outcomes that many large city school systems have produced. Yet a growing number of cities across the country--New Orleans; Washington, D.C.; Denver; and Indianapolis, to name a few--have become models of new approaches to public education that combine vibrant charter sectors, district-level reforms, and a rich network of external human capital and support organizations to drive improved results for students. In these cities, improving education is no longer simply about the school district, but is an "it takes a city" effort in which ...


Educators, parents, and policymakers increasingly recognize the critical importance of developing students' skills and knowledge in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields--both for national economic competitiveness and for the individual opportunities that skills in these fields open up to students. Yet international assessments show that U.S. students lag behind their international peers in science and math, and many schools are ill-equipped to prepare students for a world of increasingly rapid technological innovation. Andrew Coy is working to change that. As Executive Director of the Baltimore-based Digital Harbor Foundation, he works to connect students with opportunities to use and ...


Managing student behavior is one of the biggest challenges teachers face. Further, how schools choose to deal with student behavior can have a significant impact on children's character and social-emotional development. ClassDojo is a technology-based classroom tool that was designed to help teachers improve classroom behavior and share information on student behavior with parents and administrators. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, two education technology entrepreneurs with experience as teachers, launched ClassDojo in 2011 and have seen it grow to reach more than one million users. Sam was born in the United Kingdom and lived in Wales and Abu Dhabi before ...


Parents are children's most important teachers and advocates. But parent voices--particularly the voices of parents of underserved students--are often absent from public debates about education reform, and many parents feel powerless to change a system that persistently fails to serve their children. Sharhonda Bossier is working to change that. As the Deputy Director of Families for Excellent Schools, she leads and supports that organization's work to organize and mobilize families in support of aggressive education reform. Raised in the Watts area of Los Angeles, she earned her Bachelor's degree and Master's in education from the University of California Santa Cruz ...


What's next in education? It's an important question today. Over the past decade, ideas like standards-based accountability and charter schools have been at the center of the education reform conversation--and there's some evidence that these reforms have had positive impacts. But even the strongest supporters of the past decade of reform efforts would acknowledge that they haven't produced nearly the results we need to ensure the nation's economic competitiveness or close achievement gaps for low-income students. That has people across the board questioning what the next set of big (and small) ideas needs to be to produce dramatically better results ...


For the last two years, I've published a series of profiles of young education leaders who are helping to transform education today and are likely to have an even greater impact in the coming years. This year's list features ten amazing leaders working in education in a variety of ways: Katie Beck, Director of People and Idea Development, 4.0 Schools Sharhonda Bossier, Deputy Director, Families for Excellent Schools Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, Co-Founders, ClassDojo Andrew Coy, Executive Director, Digital Harbor Foundation Ethan Gray, Executive Director, the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust) Crystal Harmon, Vice President for Strategy ...


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