People seem to have a lot of concerns about personalized learning, and not enough opportunities to voice them. Today, I share a note from Steve Peha on the value of recognizing the limits of technology and digital curriculum mapping.

One of the nice things about summer is that it's a good time for reflection. One thing I found myself thinking about is the role philanthropy plays in the work we do, especially in the aftermath of RAND's harsh evaluation of Gates' Effective Teacher Initiative.

Today, I chat with Bridget Terry Long, who was recently named dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, about the strengths and opportunities of HGSE, and what she hopes to accomplish in the role.

I can't help but think that tackling dynamics of giftedness would've added a lot of resonance and texture to Incredibles 2, in a way that might have made the movie a worthy sequel to its remarkable predecessor.

Today, I chat with Heejae Lim, founder of TalkingPoints, a messaging app used by 150,000 families and teachers in over 3,000 schools that aims to improve parent-teacher communication—especially for parents who are non-English speakers.

I recently hopped into an Uber while jabbering into my phone about this spring's teacher walkouts. The driver must've been listening a bit because, when I hung up, she abruptly asked, "What did you think about those teacher strikes?"

Richard Buery, new Chief of Policy and Public Affairs for the influential KIPP charter schools, talks about the organization's approach to hot-button issues like immigration and school discipline.

When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure. What at first seems like a smart, clever, and cutting-edge way to use data can look very different in hindsight.

Today, I chat with Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID, a program working to close the opportunity gap with more than 6,000 schools; 70,000 teachers; and two million students a year. Sandy and I chat about the program, how it works, and what it means to be an "AVID student."

Common sense, practical experience, personal relationships, and old-fashioned wisdom play a crucial role in determining when and how research can be usefully applied. The researchers who play the most constructive roles are those who understand and embrace that messy truth.

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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