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January 02, 2013

Words Count: Let's Change How We Talk About Public Schools

LFA Executive Director Cheryl Williams calls for a change in the conversation around public education in this nation.

November 15, 2012

Finland's Secret Sauce: Its Teachers

Kappan Editor-in-Chief Joan Richardson examines Finland's teacher education system, one of the key factors leading to the nation's success on international education assessments.

November 01, 2012

The U.S. Education System Is Not Failing

NASBE's Steve Berlin believes that while we should aspire to greater success for our students, the nation's schools as a whole are succeeding.

May 22, 2012

Fix the Fixation on Testing

AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyap calls on education stakeholders to end the fixation on low-quality, high-stakes assessments in favor of an accountability system that integrates testing with teaching and learning, and measures deeper subject matter knowledge and whether students have the skills to use it.

March 22, 2012

Collective Capacity - A Consistent Theme of High Performers

Reflecting on the International Summit of the Teaching Profession and a recent study visit to Asia, AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyap finds that one commonality stands out in the systematic approaches high-performing countries have taken to educational improvement: Collective capacity.

February 16, 2012

The Opportunity to Excel

NSBA President Mary Broderick argues that our reliance on standardized tests may not be cultivating the learners we want. As we approach ESEA reauthorization, we need to shift federal policy to better prepare students to succeed in an uncertain world.



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