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September 15, 2016

My Design Specifications for 21st-Century LA Schools

Los Angeles is locked in controversy about charter schools: more, fewer, none. That's the wrong discussion. Instead, we should be designing a truly 21st Century school system. Here are some design ideas.

August 17, 2016

Former Calif. School Chief Pushes Back Against Test-and-Punish Reforms

Former California State Superintendent Bill Honig has created a web site to buoy the 'build-and-support' approach to reform and to oppose test-driven sanctions and charter school expansion.

August 10, 2016

Pre-K Policymakers Need to Wake From Nap Time

We're asking young students to wake up from nap time and start meeting state standards. As Daisy Gonzales writes, state policy makers need to wake up, too.

August 09, 2016

What If Failing Schools Were Supposed to Heal Themselves?

The California Commission on Education Excellence is building a non-bureaucracy that's uses continuous improvement rather than mandates to heal ailing schools. It's head, Carl Cohn, explains in this annotated interview.

July 12, 2016

Have Education Politics Gotten Out of Control?

A half-century ago no one talked about schools as political. Now everyone does. But is it 'good' politics?

June 20, 2016

How School Leaders Can See Through Ed-Tech Hype and Make Smart Choices

Schools make bad edtech choices, writes EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran but they don't have to...with a little thought, reflection, and help from their friends.

June 17, 2016

Is Philanthropy Plan for L.A. 'Great' or Just Grating?

The 'Great Public Schools Now' announced Thursday by charter-friendly philanthropists isn't great. It's not even much of a plan, but it has our attention.

June 13, 2016

Can 'Deeper Learning' Drive Teacher Power?

Historically, the idea of teacher power has been associated with faculty running schools. A new report links teacher influence and providing deeper-learning experiences.

June 06, 2016

Can 'The California Way' Turn Around Underperforming Schools?

The state is moving away from test-and-punish. Here's why I think the instinct to improve is a stronger driver than naming and shaming.

May 24, 2016

Do Good Schools Follow Rules or Break Them?

My interview with designer Tim Brown continues as he talks about how constraining rules can help focus imaginative design and why a $-billion isn't enough to save education.

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