I keep thinking just how good and healthy impostor syndrome can actually be for those of us in the world of academe, research, and policy. And I say that as someone who has lived with impostor syndrome throughout my professional life.

I'm often struck by just how massive the divide between educators and education reformers has become. I think both sides bear some of the blame for this, and that both can do much more to bridge it.

If SEL boosters want to avoid morphing into another case study of how easy-to-like ideas turn into "who could have seen THAT coming?" quagmires, I think they have some work ahead.

Adam Edgerton recently shared with me a thoughtful take on practical challenges states confront when it comes to accountability. In particular, he flags the challenge of striking a Goldilocks balance of being more "supportive" without simply being squishy.

Accountability is a good thing, especially when it means asking professionals to be responsible for doing their job and doing it well. But when it involves public officials worrying about the opinion of armchair quarterbacks, that's not accountability. It's an exercise in unaccountable play-acting.

Eric Kalenze closes out our month of terrific guest blogging with some steps educators can take to become more research-informed.

Guest blogger Eric Kalenze continues the conversation about education's newly developed "research-and-evidence pulse" by today discussing how recognizing and dealing with bad implementation habits is important if we want to exercise this pulse.

Rounding out a month of guest blogging is veteran blogger Eric Kalenze. In the wake of the Thanksgiving holiday, Eric gives thanks that the education field has developed a pulse when it comes to using research and evidence.

Alex Baron closes out a week of guest blogging with an analysis of the complexities of student motivation. How do we know whether a student needs a push or a hug?

Today, guest blogger Alex Baron discusses some of the challenges policymakers and practitioners face when trying to scale "research-based" education reforms.

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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