This new report from Georgetown University quantifying the earnings of people with different college majors was bound to get a lot of attention. Two quick observations worth noting: First, Early Childhood Education is the second-lowest paying of all college majors surveyed--with a median earning of $36,000 beating out only Counseling psychology. The relatively low wages of Early Childhood Education bachelor's degree holders has serious implications for efforts to improve the quality of the early childhood profession--particularly those that focus on requiring pre-k teachers to hold a bachelor's degree. Second, it's interesting to note that of the three majors in ...


As Jen Medbery notes, data-driven teaching and data-driven reform have become something of a buzz word in education circles over the past several years. But despite the profusion of data points, many teachers lack the time, tools, or skills to use this data effectively. And without those tools or time data can become a burden rather than an asset for teachers. The company that Medbery founded, Drop the Chalk, is working to change that. Drop the Chalk gives teachers the tools they need to really analyze trends in student learning and behavior in order to drive improvements in instruction and ...


In making a list of promising young education leaders, it only seemed reasonable to look at their backgrounds, to try to identify trends in where young education leaders are coming from--and where we might look for them to come in the future. Perhaps one of the most striking features of this list is the diversity of the people on it--in terms of race/ethnicity, geography, life experiences, and the type of work they're currently doing. But a few clear trends emerge: Teach for America remains the dominant source of leadership talent in education, and the transformative reform efforts in post-Katrina ...


The New Teacher Project is known for encouraging the education field to be smarter and more strategic in its use of talent. So it's hardly surprising that TNTP was quick to spot and take full advantage of Ana Menezes' potential as an education leader. Landing in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, Menezes, a Teach for America alum, first trained teachers in TNTP's first New Orleans Teaching Fellows Cohort, then moved to managing the entire teachNOLA program (of which the teaching fellows program is one component). Today, as a Partner with TNTP, she manages teaching fellows programs in New Orleans and Philadelphia, ...


Earlier this year, a California judge ruled that the Los Angeles' school district's practice of laying off teachers based on seniority--leading to massive layoffs in some of the districts' highest-poverty schools, where novice teachers disproportionately work--violated the rights of students in these schools to equal educational opportunity. Hailly Korman was one of the lawyers who worked on the case. Korman, 31, has long been driven by a passion for social justice and civil rights, which first led her to teach kindergarten in a high-poverty Los Angeles school, and eventually to law school at UCLA and the litigation practice at Morrison ...


Neerav Kingsland is one of a crop of education reformers who moved to New Orleans to help rebuild and reshape the city's schools after Hurricane Katrina. As a freshly-minted Yale Law grad, Kingsland helped launch New Schools New Orleans, which has been a key force in shaping the transformation of public schooling in New Orleans and in recruiting, supporting, and growing operators of effective schools to serve the city's students. Today, as Chief Strategy Officer, Kingsland operates NSNO on a day-to-day basis, as it embarks on an aggressive effort to transform the lowest-performing quarter of New Orleans schools over the ...


Most of the people on this list focus on elementary and secondary education reform. But when I think about how the next generation of education reform leaders are going to transform education, I can't help but think we're going to see them driving big changes in higher education, too. The American higher education system is widely regarded as "the best in the world," in contrast to the mediocre performance of our K-12 public schools. Yet fewer than 60 percent of students who enroll in 4-year colleges earn a bachelor's degree within 6 years (with much worse rates for many institutions ...


Kirabo Jackson's research tackles some of the most important questions in education today: What makes a good teacher? Do students benefit from attending "better" schools? What is the relationship between student demographic characteristics and teacher quality? Do extended public transit hours reduce drunk driving arrests and accidents? (ok, that's not an education question--but interesting!) At a time when education policymakers are especially focused on teacher quality, Jackson uses the tools of labor economics to look beyond what research already shows (teacher quality matters and teachers vary in quality) to investigate still unanswered questions about the factors that influence teacher quality--and ...


Alex Grodd knows that teaching can be isolating work--particularly for novice teachers. He's experienced that for himself, as a middle school teacher in Atlanta and Boston. And that experience motivated Grodd, now 30, to found BetterLesson to help change things for other teachers. BetterLesson is an online community that enables teachers to share lesson plans and access proven content from effective educators. Applying the tools of social networking to education, BetterLesson helps teachers to connect to one another. It's already gaining traction in some of the nation's highest performing charter organizations and has even greater future potential to leverage the ...


In 2010, Bill Ferguson, a 27-year-old staffer for the Baltimore Public Schools, scored an upset victory over a 27-year-incumbent in the Democratic primary to represent Maryland's 46th Senate District, with a campaign built largely on support of Teach for America alumni and other Baltimore education reformers. A freshman who had never previously held elected office, Ferguson faced a steep learning curve in his first legislative session this spring, but nevertheless was able to score victories on Baltimore school funding and charter school access to facilities. The lifelong Maryland resident, now 28, is just one of a growing number of Teach ...


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