How to be an effective agent of change at your child’s school

07.31.15 | 2 Comments

By Sarah Stitzlein

Being engaged in education change is inherently a political process involving a struggle over the distribution of resources and power, which are at the heart of school improvement. Good parent political dissent requires skills and dispositions to disagree with a typical way of doing things in schools. ... Read More

The California Exeptionalism: Building trust and capacity by decentralizing decisions and politics

07.27.15 | 0 Comments

Part II of a series that examines California’s differing approach to school reform. See the prior post — California exceptionalism: How a deep blue state took on a democratic administration and forged a new way forward in education reform — for the author’s complete view.  

By Charles Taylor Kerchner

The ... Read More

The California exceptionalism: How a deep blue state took on a Democratic administration and forged a new way forward in education reform

07.21.15 | 0 Comments

By Charles Taylor Kerchner

California refused to enlist in the teacher wars, and it’s betting on a peace dividend. Rather than leading its education reforms with tests, punishments, and markets, it has concentrated on capacity building, expanding grassroots democracy, and rebuilding trust. Rather than demonizing teachers unions, it is counting ... Read More

The Historic Class of 2015

06.25.15 | 1 Comment

By Jeffrey Menzer

In June 2005, when I became the principal of the largest high school in Delaware, the low graduation and high dropout rates exasperated policymakers and community leaders. In the bleak statistics was a number begging further examination. A number that went unnoticed and unpublicized. A number that ... Read More

Feeding kids and expanding opportunity

06.19.15 | 1 Comment

By Anindya Kundu

It seems like Baltimore realizes that factors outside of classroom walls can affect the learning of children. This month Baltimore, Md. became among the first districts in the country to adopt a universal free meals program, offering all students breakfast and lunch everyday.

While the rest of ... Read More

Teachers and unions in transformation

06.10.15 | 1 Comment

It’s time for the two major teachers unions to return to their roots as professional associations.  

By Arthur E. Wise and Michael D. Usdan

Changes in teachers’ roles and in teachers’ work necessarily affect their organizations, notably the NEA and the AFT. For its first 100 years, the ... Read More

Asian Americans in education

06.01.15 | 0 Comments

By Francisco Ramos, Andrés Castro Samayoa, Alice Ginsberg, and Marybeth Gasman

In 2010 Asian immigrants surpassed Latinos as the largest group of newly arrived migrants to the United States Recently arrived Asian immigrants are, on average, more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of ... Read More

Hispanic Serving Institutions develop educators

05.20.15 | 0 Comments

By Francisco Ramos, Andrés Castro Samayoa, Alice Ginsberg, and Marybeth Gasman

According to the U.S. Census, the United States will be a “minority-majority” country in 2050. As the ethnic and racial composition of students in U.S. higher education continues to diversify, it is critical that we take a moment to ... Read More

Conversations on the Common Core

05.11.15 | 1 Comment

Tonight, my husband remarked on something he read on a Facebook post about the Common Core when my daughter was explaining her math homework. She blurted out, “It isn’t Common Core. It is practice!”

“How apropos,” I said to myself. This perspective is exactly what I needed to support my ... Read More

Breaking through concrete

05.06.15 | 1 Comment

By Anindya Kundu

If you’re watching the NBA playoffs, by now you’ve seen the Derrick Rose “Just a Kid” commercial. The metaphor in the ad is about a rose that grew from concrete. The narration comes from a poem by Tupac Shakur. He triumphantly states that instead of focusing on ... Read More