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September 16, 2014

Can Public Schools Survive School Choice Initiatives?

Can public schools thrive in a school choice environment? I think so, yes. Options like charter, magnet, private, online and homeschool curricula are not meant to undermine the nation's public schools but to build them up through shared quality standards.

May 13, 2014

Independent School Responsibilities: 'Test Kitchens' and Sustaining a Nation

Independent school students and their families may have absented themselves from public schools, but there is no reason that our practices need to do so. In return for tax-exemptions and public acquiescence to our relatively unregulated existence, why not give back by sharing what we know best: our own experiences related to teaching and learning?

November 07, 2013

North Carolina Teachers Stage a 'Walk-In'

North Carolina teachers, parents, and supporters of public schools staged "walk-ins" this past week to protests cuts in public education. The architect of these bad policies should pay close attention and start listening instead of lecturing.

October 09, 2013

Transforming Our Schools Requires Building Our Democracy

The solutions must be inclusive, equitable, based on solid research, yet driven by the urgency of the problem.

August 14, 2013

EdCamp Cape Cod: What Public and Non-Public Schools Have to Learn From One Another

We sometimes forget, and the media and our politicians tend to forget even more quickly, that "schools are for kids;" my school head's maxim for teachers is the essential truth of our work. This type of school or that type of school isn't better, although it might serve one kind of kid more effectively. But it's not about competition, not about winning, for God's sake--it's about diversity of opportunity for a diversity of learners.

July 31, 2013

More Answers From John Chubb, New Independent Schools Association President

In Part 2 of this two-part interview with new National Association of Independent Schools president John Chubb, he addresses the role that independent schools might play as model "schools of the future," what he looks for in a school, and some of his personal experience as an independent school parent.

July 29, 2013

Q&A With John Chubb, New Independent Schools Association President (Part 1 of 2)

In Part 1 of this two-part interview, new National Association of Independent Schools president John Chubb discusses the role NAIS might play in developing new educational approaches and shaping the national conversation on education. He also addresses some of the challenges NAIS schools face--and share with other sectors--going forward.

July 05, 2013

A Glorious Fourth

It was hard to look at all those sweaty kids with candy-smeared cheeks at the Fourth of July parade and not think about what the planet's going to be like when they're grown up. Maybe such little faces are turning out to be a real incentive for those who are already grown up to do a little less arguing and a little more compromising, less accusing and more empathizing, less retrenching and more really strategic thinking.

June 28, 2013

An Open Letter to John Chubb

But the great opportunity, perhaps even the great imperative, for independent schools over the next five years will be to establish ourselves as a legitimate and positive voice in the national and indeed global conversation on education. Although many far-sighted and even courageous individual schools and school leaders have sought engagement with the larger, primarily public school community, as a body we have taken only baby steps.

June 26, 2013

A Closer Look at States' Charter School Performance

Charter school performance nationwide has improved since 2009 but varies widely by state, according to a new Stanford University study.

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