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June 09, 2015

College Dreams, Financial Nightmares

Since they were in elementary school, we've told our students that if they worked hard, they could go to college, that education was the path towards financial security. What if that's not true?

June 03, 2015

'Defies Measurement' Illustrates Failures of Test-Focused Policy

In "Defies Measurement," Shannon Puckett has produced a documentary that illustrates what has been lost, and what we stand to lose, through the misuse of standardized test results to drive education reform.

May 13, 2015

Reimagining Dialogue About the Teaching Profession

Reimagining the teaching profession is worthwhile, especially with teachers in the dialogue and leading the work - but must we also need to reimagine a wide range of social policies that are essential to improving children's lives.

April 15, 2015

What Are They Cheering For?

If students can't do their best work unless adults hop, skip, strut, twist and shout about the test, we're doing something quite wrong in assessment, and in our messaging about education.

March 09, 2015

Speed Up and Slow Down

Living with the ambiguity, the occasional dissonance, and remaining positive - that's what the team seemed to have achieved, and modeled for the rest of the group.

March 01, 2015

Promoting Serendipity in Education Policy

Is it possible to craft education policy that takes into account the value of serendipity in learning?

February 05, 2015

Are School Choice and Equity Incompatible?

It's difficult to argue against the concept of educational choices - but practices involving competition and profit-seeking will not advance the goal of building a strong and equitable public education system.

January 16, 2015

Teacher Leadership Drives Successful Turnaround

For years, I've been skeptical about federal policy relating to school improvement grants requiring the use of certain school turnaround models. Recently, I visited a high school that has me checking my assumptions after seeing the success of their turnaround effort.

January 08, 2015

California's Window of Opportunity

California has a chance to show how a state can dodge the supposedly silver bullets of weaker education reform efforts, and move towards meaningful structural changes that benefit students and schools.

December 14, 2014

The Virtue of Reinventing the Wheel

One path to education innovation may be the reinvent-the-wheel approach. Because the wheel can be reinvented.

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