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July 18, 2014

Year-Round Schooling: Why It's Time to Change

When public schools first started popping up in the U.S., they were considered secondary to other hands-on pursuits. Learning to read, write and perform basic arithmetic in classrooms was not equal to or greater than the actual work of building the nation and keeping up family farms.

June 01, 2014

What Job Does a Good School Fulfill?

We tend to think of schools as places where young people gain the knowledge and skills that will carry them forward into college, life and successful careers. That's absolutely right, though truly great schools build their academic program around a strong focus on positive youth development. They recognize and prioritize in their practice that young people need the consistent support of caring adults

May 15, 2014

Cross Pollinating Education Ideas in Milwaukee

No single school sector can adequately address the education crisis in our country's large cities. We need meaningful collaboration and resource-sharing among all types of schools, leaders, and teachers who have in common an intense desire to improve and a fiery belief that all children are capable of achieving at a high-level.

May 13, 2014

For Houston ISD, The Talent Pipeline Flows Both Ways

In Houston, we're finishing one massive bond program and already deep into another - the largest in Texas history -- that are creating dazzling 21st century schools with a technological infrastructure that will allow us to personalize learning and prepare our students for higher education and careers as never before.

May 07, 2014

Our Kids Can't Wait

By: Phyllis Lockett About a decade ago in Chicago, there were at least 27 communities, mostly concentrated on the south and west sides, where over 75 percent of the schools failed state standards. Since then, we've helped open 80 new schools and set the bar for citywide improvements t...

April 14, 2014

Investing in Autonomy, Performance and Innovation

Most districts put "innovation" at the top of their agendas these days, but too few are innovating with a purpose. The Reynoldsburg City School District (RCS) is becoming an exemplar for how to unleash principals' and teachers' creativity in meaningful ways that are guided but not prescribed or limited by a central office agenda.

March 20, 2014

District Officials Sort Through Complicated Privacy Landscape

At an ed-tech gathering in the nation's capital, school district officials discuss the challenges of addressing parents' privacy concerns.

March 10, 2014

A Dozen Reasons Education Can't Innovate; A Dozens Ways That's Changing

Formal education (P-20) doesn't change much. Compared to other sectors, there is little innovation and weak innovation diffusion. There are at least a dozen reasons for the stasis.

March 05, 2014

Stalled: Kansas Bid to Prosecute Teachers Who Show Students 'Harmful Material'

A bill that would facilitate the prosecution of school personnel for displaying material deemed "harmful" to students has stalled in the Kansas legislature.

February 19, 2014

FCC Promises Rules Meant to Protect Open Internet for Consumers

The Federal Communications Commission vowed Wednesday to put forward rules to protect "net neutrality, though the commmision's two Republican members panned the proposal.

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