All Blog Posts With reform Tag or Category

Back to the Blog
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   >   >>  

September 02, 2014

Two Schools of 'School Reform:' The Conservative and the Progressive

Hidy, all. I'm back. One of the things I've been reflecting on is that people have been asking me, "Rick, you're a reformer. How can you think X?" I think a lot of the confusion is due to the way "reform" gets defined. In particular, I want to talk about how the term "reform" has been hung over two very different schools of thought: one progressive and one conservative.

August 31, 2014

Education Is an Ecosystem

Education is less like a vast machine than it is like a rain forest.

August 20, 2014

Missing the Teacher Voice

One of the most striking features of the ongoing debate about the future and direction of American public education is the absence of teacher voices.

July 22, 2014

Year-Round Schooling: 3 Common Arguments Against It

In my last post, I talked about the reasons I feel that teachers should get behind the push to support year-round schooling and how more consistent time in the classroom will lead to higher student performance, boosting teacher accountability ratings and accommodating a much more streamlined education process. Today I want to look at the common reasons that people are against switching from a summers-off school calendar to a year-round schooling model.

July 18, 2014

Common Core Exams Pose a Challenge For Rural Districts

Rural schools often lack the bandwidth, technology, and funding to transition to new, online exams.

July 12, 2014

Summer Reading List: Why Reform Fails

Summer's halfway over, but there's still plenty of time to do a little professional reading. Here are my picks for this summer.

July 09, 2014

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments

Last spring, while millions of American students were bubbling in answers to multiple-choice questions on the ubiquitous tests that determine school and teacher ratings, student promotions, graduation, and college admissions, some students were meeting a higher standard. At the Urban Academy, a second chance high school in New York City that is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, Gemma Venuti completed the set of research papers that were part of her graduation portfolio — and defended them before a committee of teachers, students, and experts from outside the school.

July 05, 2014

How Teachers Can More Effectively Speak Truth to Power

By participating more frequently and more vocally in the ongoing national dialogue about K-12 education, teachers can help ensure that discourse reflects reality and not merely the musings of policy elites

July 01, 2014

The Ultimate Demise of Common Core - Part III: The Logistics

From an idealogical perspective, the differences that divide Americans are also what make the nation unique and great. When it comes to education, however, there seems to be a competing theory that differences should be dismissed in favor of finding a standardized way to teach all K-12 students. Time and again when it comes to national policy on education, stringent sets of benchmarks are consistently put in place that are accompanied with funding incentives. The latest example of this one-size-fits-all approach to education policy is Common Core standards and the testing that goes with them.

June 27, 2014

Ten Reform Claims That Teachers Should Know How to Challenge

Reform bluster is as ubiquitous as it is shallow. Here are ten claims teachers should be ready to respond to, along with some questions they might ask in response.

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   >   >>  

Most Viewed
On Education Week

Advertisement