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October 22, 2015

Ron Wolk's Vision for U.S. Schools

In a special guest blog post, Ron Wolk, founding editor of Education Week and Teacher Magazine, details his vision for the future of U.S. schools.

July 23, 2015

Is There a Market in the United States for a Strong Instructional Core?

What's preventing U.S. states from investing in high quality instructional systems like the world's top performers? It could come down to dollars and cents.

June 25, 2015

Civil Rights Advocates vs. Teacher Advocates: A Destructive and Unnecessary Conflict

In this final post in his series on annual accountability testing and students' civil rights, Marc Tucker turns his attention to the way this issue has divided the civil rights community and advocates for teachers and calls it destructive and unnecessary.

January 15, 2015

Gene Wilhoit: Quality Curriculum is Key to Common Core Implementation

Gene Wilhoit, the former Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers who led the effort to create the Common Core, explains that until we have a more powerful curriculum design and more deep professional exchange about content, pedagogy, and student work going on in our schools the Common Core will not be implemented as it should be.

December 04, 2014

Jim Pellegrino on Common-Core Implementation

An interview with Jim Pellegrino, Co-Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute, Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about the resources teachers will need to teach the Common Core effectively.

November 12, 2014

Interview With Two Contributors to the Common-Core Literacy Standards

An interview with Catherine Snow of Harvard Graduate School of Education and Sue Pimentel of Student Achievement Partners on developing curriculum and professional development aligned to the Common Core.

July 02, 2014

Accountability vs. What We Want for Our Children

Test-based accountability forces teachers to abandon their interest in helping students develop many of the qualities that will actually help them succeed in workplace and life.

June 13, 2014

College: The Key to Prosperity - or Is It?

A look at Switzerland's vocational education system and what the United States could stand to learn from their success.

April 07, 2014

Designing a State Accountability Program: Part I

Marc Tucker lays out his vision for an effective state accountability program including strategies to address low-performing schools.

January 17, 2014

On Writing

Marc Tucker explains why US students have such poor writing skills and what we can do to change that.

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