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April 15, 2014

Teeter-Totter: Ed Reform in 2.5 Minutes

School reform is hard for adults, but it's child's play. Introducing the teeter-totter theory. All you need to know in 2.5 minutes

April 01, 2014

Is School Reform Needed or Not?

Pondiscio: In my very first post here, I suggested that the education reform movement needs what I called a 'Nixon to China' moment. I lamented the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate.

March 19, 2014

Teach For America Looks to Strengthen, Grow Rural School Leaders Academy

Teach For America's Rural School Leaders Academy plans to continue and improve its Rural School Leaders Academy, a new effort to help teachers transition into leadership roles.

March 17, 2014

Middle School Students to Receive Laptops Through 'Reconnecting McDowell'

Middle school students in rural McDowell County, W.Va., to receive laptops as part of public-private partnership, Reconnecting McDowell.

March 12, 2014

School Adopts Expeditionary Learning in Turnaround Effort

Rural Lake County School District is using Expeditionary Learning, a reform model that can be found in schools nationwide, in its effort to improve students' performance.

March 05, 2014

Rural Administrators Recognized as 'Leaders To Learn From'

Two rural school district leaders have lessons for the country in technology and innovative programs, according to Education Week's annual "Leaders To Learn From" report.

February 21, 2014

Using Place-Based Education to Achieve Global Education

Rural education advocate encourages use of place-based education as a way to teach students how to engage as and be responsible global citizens.

February 14, 2014

Superstar Teachers - The Super Cure for Closing the Achievement Gap?

I also think it is unfair to count on, or to blame, teachers solely for the performance of their students. Yes, they play a role in shaping the young minds in their classrooms and yes, they should be held accountable for that. It seems to me that the root of issues in classrooms that tend to cause the most problems for students (like poverty and ill-equipped or uninvolved parents) should be the target of any true reform.

February 12, 2014

Accountability vs. Gaming the P-12 System

I've recently delved into The Death and Life of the Great American School by Diane Ravitch. It has been on my reading list for some time now and I finally decided it was time to really give it the attention it deserves. I consider myself an education reformer, and an advocate for reforming the current public school system, so Ravitch's works speak to me, even if I'm not always completely in the same school of thought.

February 07, 2014

Expansion Planned for Urban-Rural Student Exchange Program

One Montana nonprofit tries to build connections between rural and urban students with exchange program.

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