My newly released volume, "Getting the Most Bang for the Education Buck," explores how to spend edu-dollars smarter. Today I talk about the role of mindset in that process.

Ben Nelson, the CEO of the San Francisco-based university and ed-tech startup Minerva, talks about the startup and how he thinks he can revolutionize higher education.

Especially during this time of school closures, the key to doing remote teaching better is our ability to honestly assess what ed tech is doing well and what it isn't.

Julie Gunlock closes out her week of guest blogging by lamenting how, despite the creative ideas out there, her school district, for example, doesn't seem to be deploying any of the innovative solutions we hear so much about.

Guest blogger Julie Gunlock wonders when asking educators to keep the schoolhouse politics-free became such a tall ask.

As kids head back to school parents are left with the nagging feeling that after six months, it's all starting to look an awful lot like March again, and that, in fact, it won't get better, says guest blogger Julie Gunlock.

Formative assessments should be used not only to monitor student progress but also to improve day-to-day instruction, says Dylan Wiliam in his final guest post.

When it comes to research, everything works somewhere, and nothing works everywhere, says guest blogger Dylan Wiliam. The important question is, "Under what circumstances might this work," which those "on the ground" are best placed to determine.

Just how far behind will kids be as they head back to school this fall? Guest blogger Dylan Wiliam says no one really knows, but that one thing is for sure: Standardized tests are unlikely to be much help.

Guest bloggers Cody Christensen and Brendan Bell note that for students weighing whether to stay in school or pause until the pandemic subsides, sticking with it is still worth it.

The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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