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June 27, 2017

Exploring The Power of Networked Improvement Communities

Labeling schools as failing and sending in experts with packaged programs has been ineffective in improving schools. 'Networked Improvement Communities' are a promising alternative.

June 23, 2017

Are School Police Feeding the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

School police are a presence in many schools, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods where many students of color live. Marquisha Spencer asks whether they criminalize ordinary misbehavior.

June 19, 2017

2018 Election Will Rock California Education

Next year's California election will be both a referendum on the massive changes in education finance and testing enacted during Jerry Brown governorship and a test of the political coalition that made those changes possible.

April 17, 2017

Innovative Latin American School Design Coming to California

Columbia's highly successful Escuela Nueva: featuring cooperative, personalized, active learning is coming to the United States, maybe to a school near you, write Tom Luschei and Sarah Smith Orr.

April 10, 2017

Calif. Ed Department Reorganizes Into Teams

The California Department of Education is breaking out of its decades-old organizational silos, streamlining its operations and "Teaming Up for Success," write State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and Chief Deputy Glen Price.

April 06, 2017

Carnegie Summit Illustrates Path Toward Equity

"Getting better at getting better," is a catch phrase backed by solid science. Its methods build a better way toward closing achievement gaps.

March 29, 2017

Innovation Zone Sought by Calif. CORE Districts

California's CORE districts want to spread their school improvement knowledge with an 'innovation zone' under the state's accountability plan. Garden Grove USD Superintendent Gabriela Mafi explains.

March 23, 2017

Union Program Boosts Classroom Innovation

The Institute for Teaching, a California Teachers Association offshoot, has put nearly $1-million behind innovative teacher-initiative projects from STEM to STEAM: labs, gardens, dance, culture, and canoes. Here's a look.

March 20, 2017

Calif. Accountability Dashboard Debuts; Critics Abound

California released its long-awaited accountability dashboard. Its colorful multi-system replaces the state's single number, test-score-driven indicator. The dashboard could use improvement; but it's not as dumb as some of the criticism.

March 14, 2017

How Adding Another Person to a Conversation Builds Capacity

In this second part of an interview with superintendent Devin Vodička and professor Alan J. Daly, they talk about how the simple act of adding one more person to a conversation can triple the power of a network.

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