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October 15, 2013

Big Money, Big Gifts, and Institutional Values

What is the influence of Big Money on education, even at places like Yale, where even a giant gift represents only a relative drop in a $20.8 billion endowment bucket? Put more edgily, don't big gifts tend to come with agendas and expectations, even if the expectations are carefully masked by words of openness and pure intention?

June 25, 2013

District Officials Describe Challenges in Using Mobile Tech in Schools

Providing students with mobile devices can engage students, and accelerate their learning, a number of educators said during a panel discussion at ISTE today.

March 13, 2013

Design Thinking Comes to Independent Schools

Design thinking dovetails neatly with STEM goals and unites the various precepts of "21st-century learning" with relevance and the fostering of creativity; it's also a perfect fit with the "maker" movement.

March 11, 2013

Independent School Admissions: It's About the Kids, After All

Independent school teachers didn't ask for the process to be like this, and as much as some might relish the prospect of a carefully selected student body, they didn't mean for the selection to take on the trappings of the crazed college application process.

February 26, 2013

Remediation Required of Students Who Don't Need It, Studies Say

New studies showing flawed use of placement tests could open the door to the common assessments.

January 16, 2013

Parent Survey Offers Schools Harvard-Tested Questions

Schools can measure parent impressions of their child's school and education with a new tool developed by Harvard University, which is available on SurveyMonkey.

May 02, 2012

Harvard, MIT Partner on Free Online Platform

If all goes to plan, EdX will grow far beyond the two institutions based in Cambridge, Mass.

February 29, 2012

Some Surprises in Report on Youth Information Evaluation?

A review of studies on digital media, youth, and information quality finds some interesting, if not generalizable, conclusions.

February 15, 2012

Study: School Choice Lottery Winners Commit Fewer Crimes

In an article in Education Next, Harvard University's David J. Deming suggests looking beyond test scores and school-based outcomes, arguing that test scores improvement can be gained in ways that do not necessarily lead to long-term student success. Instead, he analyzes the impact of winning a school choice lottery on the criminal activity of students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina.

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