Bryan Hassel


The Big U-Turn

How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success

Winter 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 1

Friendly Competition

Does the presence of charters spur public schools to improve?

Winter 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 1

A Story of Two Children

Why Can’t Our Schools Acknowledge Them?

Spring 2005 / Vol. 4, No. 2

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Digital Providers: Let Great Teachers Drive Technology Use, Get Results

What should we take away from News Corp.’s recent announcement that it is writing off losses stemming from its digital education wing Amplify?


Instead of Ineffective Professional Development, Try Redesigning Teacher Roles

TNTP’s new report The Mirage is appropriately gloomy on the overall state of professional learning nationwide, but change is already happening in some places.


Focus Federal Investments to Give Every Student Access to Excellent Teachers

To transform America’s public education system, it’s all-hands-on-deck time.


Great Teachers Can Teach More Students, Even Without Raising Class Sizes

In team-based models, schools add new paraprofessionals to teaching teams to do teachers’ administrative paperwork and oversee skill practice, project work, and digital instruction at school.


Trends and Possible Improvements in School Quality Rating Systems

A new report reviews 25 different systems for rating school quality.


Charter “Restarts” Offer Alternative to Closing Failing Schools

When a charter school doesn’t uphold its end of the charter bargain—autonomy for accountability—and fails to produce strong student learning, must closing the school be the only option?


New Charter Empowers Excellent Teachers for Strong Results

What do you get when you combine an experienced charter school leader with a new model that mixes multi-classroom leaders and blended learning in a high-need school?


How One Leading Educators Fellow Extends Her Reach

How can schools redesign jobs and use technology to reach more students with excellent teachers? And how can they offer teachers more pay, within budget?


A Better Blend: Combine Digital Instruction with Great Teaching

Today’s blended models will likely fall short unless they include excellent teachers playing instructional and team leadership roles that maximize technology’s impact in tandem with their own.


Teachers Say ‘Yes!’ to Opportunity Culture

A year ago, Public Impact began working with school design teams of pilot schools to choose and tailor school models for extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students.


Missing the Mark at the Arizona State Ed Tech Summit

It’s a big mistake to position technology as a way to replace teachers.


Authorizers: See What Replacing Failing Charter Schools, Replicating Great Ones Can Do

How could cities see their charter school sectors take off in quality, matching or besting the performance of their district schools, and the state?


Expanding the Impact of Excellent Teachers

If you are a teacher who helps students learn exceptionally well, this is your moment.


How to Pay Teachers Dramatically More, Within Budget

Schools could free funds to pay excellent teachers in teaching roles up to 40 percent more and teacher-leaders up to about 130 percent more, within current budgets and without increasing class sizes.


Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Digital Learning and Excellent Teachers Go Well Together

Rather than seeing a painful (and politically volatile) trade-off between technology and teachers, we propose that digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs digital education.


City-Based Strategies For Excellent Charter Schools

A number of forward looking cities have set aside contentious debates about charter schools, and have instead chosen to embrace high-quality charter schools in their reform strategies. This is a welcome development for students stuck in underperforming schools. But these city-based movements are not without challenges.


How Digital Learning Can (and Must) Help Excellent Teachers Reach More Children

In the digital future, teacher effectiveness may matter even more than it does today.


Khan Academy: Not Overhyped, Just Missing a Key Ingredient – Excellent Live Teachers

Rick Hess was right to question the simplistic hyping of Khan Academy’s online video lectures. But we think he’s only got it half-right: it’s less a matter of OVER-hyping than MIS-hyping the true potential of what Khan is doing


Building Parent and Community Demand for Turnarounds and Charters

My colleagues recently released a report about building parent and community demand for school turnarounds. Here I share their thoughts on what they found.


School Turnarounds: Time to Try, Try Again?

With unprecedented federal investment in failing schools through the multi-billion-dollar School Improvement Grant program, it’s been a big year for school turnaround efforts.


Class Size Just One Way to Extend Reach of Best Teachers

For those of you who missed it, David Brooks’ February 28 column touted the money-saving potential of extending the best teachers’ reach, by increasing their class sizes – in exchange for more pay. We’re encouraged to see more talk about this concept. But adding more kids to a great teacher’s class, or broadcasting that teacher’s lessons over the Internet, are just the most immediately available and straightforward forms of reach extension.


Current Strategies Won’t Solve Our Teacher Quality Challenges

In our new report, Opportunity at the Top: How America’s Best Teachers Could Close the Gaps, Raise the Bar, and Keep Our Nation Great, Emily Ayscue Hassel and I asked a simple question: “Will our nation’s bold efforts to recruit more top teachers and remove the least effective teachers put a great teacher in every classroom?” We ran the numbers and discovered a disappointing answer: No. Even if these reforms were wildly successful, most classrooms still would not have great teachers.


Fixing School Funding

School finance reform continues to light up debates whenever it arises. The Holy Grail here is a system that gets incentives right, allocating funding in ways that encourage schools and districts to do what’s best for kids, AND addresses the immense equity challenge posed by the various yawning achievement gaps.

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