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Improving 100,000 schools, one at a time

12.17.13 | 0 Comments


Perhaps the biggest problem in reforming American education is that it is just so big. We have more than 100,000 elementary and secondary schools, in which more than 3 million teachers teach more than 50 million kids. The schools, teachers, and kids are hugely ... Read More

Confusion reigns

12.12.13 | 0 Comments | ,
Are American schools good or bad? It seems that we can't decide.... Read More

Better ways to use parent power

12.05.13 | 0 Comments | ,
Children shouldn't be stuck in failing schools, but parent trigger laws are not the answer for improving their situation.... Read More

Lesson plans from a tragedy

11.26.13 | 0 Comments | ,
Personal tragedies tear at a school community but they can also strengthen a community's bonds.... Read More

The data backlash

11.19.13 | 1 Comment | , ,
Done right, data collection benefits students more than anyone.... Read More

Nullius in verba

11.14.13 | 2 Comments | , ,
If the state wants to use a high-stakes test, it must be willing to share what it knows about validity of the test with the public.... Read More

Principal advice

11.12.13 | 0 Comments | ,

By Rick Dufour

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” If this is the case, I gained a lot of “experience” as the principal of a PLC school because I made a lot of mistakes.  Based upon these experiences, I share the following ... Read More

Executing schools and killing opportunity

11.07.13 | 0 Comments |
Be deliberate and pause to consider everyone who is affected by a school’s death.... Read More

A university goes to school: Rethinking the university’s role in school reform

11.05.13 | 0 Comments | , ,

By Jessica Nina Lester, Robert Kronick, and Gavin Luter

There is no shortage of ideas around how to reform education, particularly for youth described as “at risk for failure.” In 2012 (see Lester, Kronick, and Benson), we described one approach to addressing the afterschool needs of youth in Knoxville, ... Read More

Trust and learning

10.31.13 | 0 Comments |
We all learn best from individuals we know and trust. School leaders should consider ways to allow teachers to tap into the knowledge of their peers when they are introducing new ideas into schools.... Read More

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