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June 06, 2013

Young Education Leader Profile: Sharhonda Bossier

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...

June 05, 2013

Katie Beck: Leading Education Innovation with 4.0 Schools

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...

June 04, 2013

Ten People Who Are Changing Education Today--And Will Be Ten Years From Now

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 Bec...

May 23, 2012

Daniel Jhin Yoo, Founder, Goalbook

Special education is a central component of the U.S. public education system: some 12 percent of U.S. public school students are identified with disabilities, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, designed to protect the rights and improve educational outcomes for students with disabi...

May 22, 2012

Reid Saaris, Founder and Executive Director, Equal Opportunity Schools

Even as our public policies seek to ensure that all students graduate high school ready to succeed in college and careers, the practices and beliefs in our public school systems too often mean that many students--particularly but hardly exclusively low-income and minority students--never have access...

May 21, 2012

Teddy Rice, President and Co-Founder, Ellevation

One in ten U.S. public school students is an English language learner. In the past two decades, the population of ELL students has both grown rapidly and expanded beyond traditional "border" states to communities in all parts of the country. Yet our education system does a poor job of serving ELL s...

May 18, 2012

Terence Patterson, Education Program Officer, Hyde Foundation

Memphis native Terence Patterson returned in his hometown in 2011 to join the Hyde Family Foundations, which focuses on improving education, strengthening neighborhoods, and building community assets in Memphis. As education program officer, Patterson leads the Foundations' work to improve education...

May 17, 2012

Sophia Pappas, Executive Director, Office of Early Childhood Education, New York City Department of Education

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with both the challenges and opportunities of early childhood education. Even as research demonstrates the incredible learning potential of young children and the impact of high-quality early learning programs to improve young children's learning outcomes, e...

May 16, 2012

Ama Nyamekye, Executive Director, Educators for Excellence Los Angeles

Last year, this series profiled Educators for Excellence founders Evan Stone and Sydney Morris, who launched Educators for Excellence in New York City and state to engage teachers in education policy issues and provide a platform for teacher voices to be heard by policymakers and the media--with the...

May 15, 2012

Ben Miller, Policy Advisor, Office for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education

Concerns about the equity, quality and outcomes of K-12 education have long been a feature of education policy debates, but analysts and policymakers have recently come to realize that our higher education system also suffers from poor outcomes (fewer than 60 percent of new students graduate college...

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