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June 29, 2017

'Mass Personalization' Drives Learning Experiment at AltSchool

It's hard and historically expensive to personalize learning. AltSchool's founders think they know how and that an exponential change in learning will follow.

March 08, 2017

The Fossils Are Old; The Scientists Are Young

Elementary school students do real science in a partnership between L.A. Summit Prep and the La Brea Tar Pits funded by the National Science Foundation.

February 22, 2017

Creating a Learning Community at California's Education Department

California's Department of Education has espoused creating professional learning communities. Now, as key staffers write it's trying to recreate itself in that image.

February 20, 2017

Here's An Alternative to Betsy DeVos' Privatization Agenda

Betsy DeVos' privatization agenda will become national policy. The California counter-narrative is creating a public system that improves itself.

December 19, 2016

Dear Donald, Don't Make Teaching Even Harder

Donald Trump isn't even president yet, and already he's making teaching a more difficult occupation. Trump is scaring students and teachers, too. But for the brave, he's providing teachable moments.

December 01, 2016

Leading Calif. District Wants to Use SAT Instead of State Test

Long Beach Unified, a leader among California school districts, wants to omit the state's performance exam for its 11th graders. Superintendent Chris Steinhauser says that the SAT exam is more useful than the state-required SBAC test.

September 05, 2016

Some Bright Spots for Teacher Unions

It's traditional on Labor Day to assess the dismal state of unionism. But I find some bright spots for teacher unions in California, and the possibility of a brighter future.

June 10, 2016

Labor-Management Initiative Moves Forward in Second Year

California's new Labor-Management Initiative has been teaching how to build collaborative relationships. Its success is key to the state's reform agenda.

May 04, 2016

Praise for a Book That Will Change Teaching About Slavery

Author Kate Shuster has written and taught about inequality for years, and recently turn her attention to how we teach about slavery. She's found a valuable resource.

April 19, 2016

Pressure Builds Around California Accountability Vacuum

California's accountability system is still a work in progress, even as pressures for hard-number reporting mount. Those who want to move beyond negative incentives delay at their peril.

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