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June 11, 2018

Education Reforms Should Obey Campbell's Law

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.

December 19, 2017

Three Cheers for Impostor Syndrome

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.

December 14, 2017

Plain Talk and School Reform

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.

June 22, 2017

For Best Results, Temper Passion With Professionalism

In school reform, I sometimes think we suffer from a curious malady: too much passion—and a shortage of disciplined professionalism.

May 18, 2017

Stone Soup and School Reform

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend some time talking about takeaways from Letters at the annual convening of the Harvard Ed School's Strategic Data Fellows.

April 25, 2017

Letters to a Young Education Reformer

In Letters to a Young Education Reformer, I offer some hard-learned advice on the lessons I've learned after a quarter century in and around schools and reform.


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