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February 27, 2015

The Four Things You Need to Create a Good School

It's a scenario that's been posited before, many times: If you could start over--no residual assumptions--and build an ideal school from the ground up, what would you keep? What would you discard? Thoughts: There are no silver bullets, but there are no fatal-flaw structures or technologies, either. When you come down to it, schools are mostly about getting the right people together.

February 12, 2015

Can We Do School Improvement Without Tests?

Now that standardized testing has become a flashpoint in the culture wars, policy makers and politicians have begun throwing tests under the bus. But if tests go away, can we still find ways to improve schools? The current California experience may offer some clues.

February 09, 2015

Assessments and Standards Are Not Enough to Lift Learning

California has invested heavily in the Common Core and its associated tests, but it has yet to develop the infrastructure that will support teachers and students.

February 02, 2015

How and Why California Is Not New York

California and New York are pursuing different reform paths and politics: one centralized and confrontational, the other decentralized and coalition building. California's is likely to gain more traction.

January 27, 2015

Using Diverse Voices to Transform Our Classrooms and Communities

Understanding the differences and similarities among people from diverse cultures makes you empathetic to their experience.

January 26, 2015

Unions Shouldn't Let Vergara Drive Out the Important

They're right to fight, but by making Vergara the keystone of their political agenda, California's teacher unions miss important opportunity.

January 21, 2015

Go Beyond Method to the Civic Purposes of Science

Almost a century ago, John Dewey urged educators to move science education from memorization to method. But as guest contributor John L. Rudolph writes, the goal was a better society, not just better scientists.

January 20, 2015

California Trying to Build Decentralized Evaluation System

What if the problem wasn't herding kittens, but evaluating the play routine of each of them? That's what California is trying to do.

January 14, 2015

Lessons From Toronto: Increasing Achievement in a Large Urban School System

Toronto has all of the complexities, instability, and turmoil of big city school board and union politics, but has shown strong academic performance relative to other cities. So its successes are very relevant to US educators.

January 08, 2015

Education for Sustainable Development: Learning to Live Together

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) employs approaches that are learner centered, problem based, and focused on real-world contexts. Manitoba is leading the way.

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