Excerpts from The Cage-Busting Teacher
Turning educators into learning engineers
The Edu-Scholar Rankings seek to recognize those university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K–12 and higher education
When it comes to reforming American education, school officials have far more freedom to transform, reimagine, and invigorate teaching, learning, and schooling than is widely believed.
What explains the success of Teach For America?
The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been. For the other side of the debate, please see A Battle Begun, Not Won by Paul E. Peterson, […]
Smarter, better ways to fund education innovators
What doesn’t get taught at ed schools?
In fact, most render the notion of proficiency meaningless
Specialization would lead to better teaching and higher salaries
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (known broadly as NCATE, pronounced “en kate”) was launched in 1954 by a coalition of professional organizations from across the education community. Previously, teacher-training programs had been accredited by states, regional accrediting bodies, or an association of teacher colleges, each equipped with its own benchmarks and methods […]
NCLB is driven by education politics
Squeezing into local markets and cutting deals
Does school choice push public schools to improve?
Eliminating the state-mandated licensure of principles and superintendents is the first step in recruiting and training a generation of leaders capable of transforming America’s schools
Information technology could help schools do more with less. If only educators knew how to use it
Johnny can’t read … in South Carolina. But if his folks move to Texas, he’ll be reading up a storm. What’s going on? It turns out that in complying with the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), some states have decided to be a whole lot more generous than others in determining whether students […]
School boards need to drive a harder bargain
A race to the bottom?
Both the pro- and the anti-school choice crowds tend to ignore what should be the central issue when it comes to markets, which is their immense creative potential and the way they can shatter comfortable cartels.
The reason education policy today feels more invasive is because policymakers have been convinced that the old rules and regulations weren’t getting the job done.
What works in one place, at one time, for a certain community, will often turn out differently elsewhere.
It’s looking increasingly like Secretary Duncan is going get to keep on enjoying his waivers through January 2017.
As Congress debates the reauthorization of ESEA, those arguing for keeping NCLB-style mandates claim that reform-minded leaders in the states require “political cover” from Washington.
Zhao’s writing flags the stifling nature of regulation and celebrates the creative power of entrepreneur-oriented education.
Given their steady revenues, credentialing authority, political relationships, and millions of alumni not much interested in major change, “blowing up” the existing schools of education is just not a viable option. It’s not even a desirable one.
Newark superintendent Cami Anderson came to AEI to give a talk, but the talk had to be relocated and the logistics modified because a busload of Anderson critics pledging to disrupt the event followed her from Newark.
What candidates running for governor and the U.S. Senate have to say on K-12, higher ed, and pre-K.
If the Republicans take the Senate, Senator Lamar Alexander would take the helm of the Senate HELP Committee, which is a big deal.
These measures help to offer a more holistic take on the quality of a state’s school system.
Leaders & Laggards grades each state on how it’s doing in 11 areas, using an A to F scale.
Left unchallenged, pat phrases allow wishful thinking to stand in for messy realities.
There’s little reason to expect that century-old assumptions about how to organize and deliver schooling are the smartest way forward.
What President Obama termed “the most meaningful education reform in a generation” has proven to be more a cautionary tale than a model.
Last summer, Tony Bennett resigned the Florida superintendency when slammed with alleged improprieties from his tenure as Indiana state chief. Last week, he was cleared of all but one very minor charge.
Why teachers unions and school reformers distrust each other and where they might find common ground.
Houston-based YES Prep charter schools has released a probing analysis of its graduates’ postsecondary performance and the strategies it’s using to improve that performance.
What matters in education is what actually happens in 100,000 schools educating 50 million kids. That’s all implementation, and that means it matters a lot that some reforms are much more likely to suffer bumps, distortions, and problems than are others.
A researcher and a skeptic engage in a candid discussion of what happens when value-added analysis is used to evaluate teachers.
Duncan is punishing Washington state and re-imposing provisions of a law that he has termed “broken” because its legislature failed to heed his mandate
It’s important to offer solutions, not just complaints.
In a crowded 2016 field, education could and should be a critical asset for a potential Bush candidacy. What happens with Common Core over the next 24 months will determine whether it is.
When we talk educational technology, there’s far too much excited talk about big purchases of tablets or assessment systems and far too little about just what educators and students are supposed to actually do with these.
It won’t be a huge issue in the fall, but it will have repercussions thereafter.
As implementation nears, they aren’t liking what they see.
Those who follow New York City schools have been witnessing a time-honored ritual — pro-testing school reformers have mightily overreached, inviting pushback that’s now poised to dismantle much of their useful handiwork.
How did scholars fare when it comes to particular fields or disciplines?
These rankings recognize university-based scholars in the U.S. who are contributing most substantially to public debates about education.
Scholars who do policy-relevant research require a range of skills to excel, but university promotion, pay, and prestige tend to reward a very narrow range of activity and accomplishment
It’s vital that teachers help shape new systems that will give them opportunities for growth, impact, and professional responsibility
Teacher evaluation systems are nascent and fragile. Proponents need to do everything they can to show that these will be fair, reliable, and workable.
The one learning technology that has actually transformed teaching and learning is … the book!
The idea that the Common Core might be a “game-changer” has little to do with the Common Core standards themselves and everything to do with stuff attached to them, especially the adoption of common tests that make it possible to readily compare schools, programs, districts, and states.
ClassDojo has developed digital tools that can help teachers, parents, and students improve classroom behavior, develop good learning habits, and support character development.
The desire to more evenly distribute effective teachers is laudable, but the feds should take care not to accidentally undermine successful schools, compromise teacher effectiveness, or drive good teachers from the profession.
While Arne Duncan continues to champion ideas that enjoy bipartisan support, his methods have become increasingly imperious.
Douglas County suggests that the familiar paradigm of urban reform, which has driven so much of the K-12 agenda in the past decade, may be an uncomfortable or problematic fit in suburban districts.
It turns out that preschool programs are hard to replicate with fidelity or in such a way that each additional preschool student gets the anticipated benefit.
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