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February 01, 2013

Ministers Learn About Improvement at Scale

An Education Leaders Briefing concluded the World Education Forum in London this week. Greg Butler from Microsoft (who helped my district go 1:1 in 1996) moderated the session that I participated in with Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor at Pearson, and Microsoft education lead Anthony Salcito.

January 25, 2013

How Online Learning is Saving and Improving Rural High Schools

Nearly 150,000 schools were closed in the U.S. in the last century in waves of consolidations owing to budgets, busing, algebra and football. Conventional wisdom was that bigger was better and cheaper. Well, that better thing didn't work out so well and it turns out that there are some diseconomies of scale as a result of increased non-instructional staff after about 600 students.

January 16, 2013

Nex-Gen Models Attack Problems, Leverage Opportunities

It's great if you think you have a good sense of how a next-generation school would work, but good luck trying to get funding. Most school districts don't have a process to respond to new school proposals much less funding them. And good luck getting a grant for a charter school before you get a charter approved (i.e., when you really need the money). That's why, given the emerging potential for personalization, the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a timely and important program.

December 26, 2012

Despite Bad News, Progress is Possible

I have a hard time watching evening news--especially in the last few weeks--the headlines are hard to swallow. You can't help but assume that things are getting worse. It's depressing. But the news doesn't give you an accurate picture of the long term trends that are making life better for more people on this planet.

December 13, 2012

Rich State, Poor State: The Accountability and Capacity Gap in Arizona's Public School Policies

Arizona Education Coalition Liaison JoAnne Hilde claims that Arizona is a state with public schools rich in accountability and dirt poor in capacity, with policymakers driven by the former and seemingly oblivious to the latter.

December 11, 2012

Lessons Gleaned From the Louisiana School Voucher Ruling

NSBA President C. Ed Massey celebrates a recent court ruling that using public tax dollars for private school vouchers is unconstitutional.

December 04, 2012

Heads Up, America! Your Schools Are in Danger

Kappan Editor-in-Chief Joan Richardson questions the wisdom of "unbundling" funds from school districts, believing such policies introduce more inequity into already troubled systems.

November 26, 2012

Smart Cities: New York City is an EdTech Hotspot

New York City schools have been among the most innovative in the country as discussed last week. NYC is home to the most education industry leaders and the second most prolific tech startup and EdTech hotspot on the planet (after the Bay Area).

September 04, 2012

Parents Agree: Funding Shortfalls Shortchange Students, Families, and Communities

National PTA President Betsy Landers calls on parents to demand better education for our nation's children that is both equitably financed and reflective of our nation's shared interest.

August 21, 2012

Communities Are Known by the Schools They Keep

NSPRA Executive Director Rich Bagin urges educators to become more proactive in telling their story in a way that stings and sticks with community leaders.

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