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May 23, 2016

How 'Design Thinking' Can Change Education

We've always been designers, says Tim Brown, the CEO of legendary firm IDEO. The logic and techniques used to create widgets can also allow people to create new social systems, he says in an interview.

May 16, 2016

California's Continuous Improvement Needs Political Muscle

It's easy to lose sight of how profoundly California wants to change its education system and the political coalition that will be required.

May 10, 2016

Californians Should Watch NOLA's Return to Local Board Control

Louisiana is poised to return New Orleans' (mostly) charter schools to local board control. This is not a return to the past, but a redefinition of local control and local politics, and others should pay attention.

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.

May 01, 2016

Accountability Systems Need to Help Schools Improve

To move beyond the failed system of naming and shaming, the accountability system needs to provide the capacity for schools to improve. Numbers aren't enough.

April 21, 2016

Four Steps to Merge Special and General Education

California is renewing efforts to merge special and general education. Getting there requires courage, energy and empathy, writes Arun Ramanathan.

March 25, 2016

Building Evaluation Around Standards in San José, Calif.

District and union collaborate on new system that moves from helping novices and struggling teachers to helping everyone.

March 24, 2016

Rebranding Evaluation as Professional Growth in San Juan, Calif.

This large suburban district outside Sacramento, Calif., has rethought evaluation and moved beyond a stale and dysfunctional compliance system toward professional growth for all teachers.

March 21, 2016

Five Lessons for Creating Effective Teacher Evaluation

A new report summarizes the lessons from three California districts where administrators and teachers' unions combined evaluation and professional growth. Here are my takeaways.

March 14, 2016

Coexistence With Charters Requires a New School System

Increasingly, charter-friendly writers and activists are coming to the conclusion that simply adding more charters doesn't fix a city's education system.

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