Getting Past the Broken “Teachers vs. Technology” Debate

Rather than seeing technology as either a threat to or poor substitute for teachers, we need to determine how best to use technology to enhance teachers’ capabilities.

As an Education Prez, Trump Would be Obama’s Spiritual Heir

Trump has spent at least half his adult life as a Democrat, has been on every side of every major issue, and seems wholly unacquainted with the Constitution.

Hiring Teachers After the School Year Starts Harms Students

Somewhere between 10 and 30 percent of all new teachers are hired after the school year begins.

Beware the Iconography Trap of Personalized Learning: Rigor Matters

Personalized learning will not help students if they are working with content that is below their capacity.

In the News: Sixth Grade Is Tough; It Helps To Be ‘Top Dog’

On NPR, Anya Kamenetz reports on a study that finds that sixth graders who attend K-8 schools do better than sixth graders who attend middle schools.

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The Financial Impact of Charter School Growth on District Schools in Massachusetts

The notion that charter enrollment presents a net cost of over $400 million to districts is incomplete and misleading.

What the XQ Super School Design Challenge Gets Right

As we created the design challenge, we considered the past record and drew from the collective experience.

Can Special Ed Be Fixed?

Everybody is scared to touch special education, much less fundamentally alter it.

Massachusetts Charter Cap Holds Back Disadvantaged Students

This November, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to decide whether to expand the state’s quota on charter schools.

My Mixed Feelings on XQ’s ‘Super Schools’

Last week, the organizers of “XQ: The Super School Project” announced the ten winners of its competition to reimagine the American high school. Each winner took home $10 million to help turn its design into reality.

Would Martin Luther King Have Supported Charter Schools?

Emphatically yes, says his closest aide and fellow civil rights legend, Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker.

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Tackle Teacher Shortages with Online Learning

Online learning allows educators to reach students from anywhere in the country and experts to supplement traditional teaching,

In the News: New ‘What Works Clearinghouse’ Aims to Help Districts Find Research for ESSA

This week, the IES launched a new version of its What Works Clearinghouse that allows school and district leaders to search for research-proven programs based on the specific characteristics of their schools.

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Talking HBO and School Reform

What HBO host John Oliver says about charter schools is not what education reformers should be worried about.

Parsing Public Opinion on Policy

The results of three recent polls on education policy should provide interesting fodder for the winners of state and national elections.

In the News: #XQBigReveal on Facebook at 3 pm

Today at 3 pm on Facebook, XQ will announce the winners of its Super Schools competition to rethink high school. To old timers this may call to mind the effort by New American Schools to redesign schools.

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Can Research-Based Practices Improve America’s Schools?

What would it take to infuse U.S. schools with practices that actually help kids learn?

5 Reasons Why School Choice is Important Right Now

At a panel discussion this Friday, education researchers, change agents, community- and thought-leaders, and policy makers will discuss what we’ve learned about the country’s views on K-12 education over the past decade.

What Charter School Authorizers Can Teach States on ESSA: It’s Hard to Find Indicators of School Quality That Aren’t Test Scores

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to use “another indicator of student success or school quality,” in addition to test scores and graduation rates, when determining school grades.

In the News: Fortress of Tedium – What I Learned as a Substitute Teacher.

Nicholson Baker’s new book about 28 days he spent as a substitute teacher is getting a good bit of negative attention.

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Why Delaying School Start Dates is a Bad Deal for Students

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that all public schools in the state must delay the start of classes until after Labor Day and end the school year by June 15.

Underresearched and Unaddressed: How to Fix Summer Melt

We need to focus more on why so many college-accepted high school seniors decide not to attend their chosen universities during the summer months before freshman year.

In the News: Online Education Startup, Byju’s, Becomes Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s First Investment in Asia

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization created by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, is making an investment in a startup in India that offers personalized learning services to students.

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In the News: How Domestic Violence In One Home Affects Every Child In A Class

An increase in the number of children from troubled families reduces test scores for other students in the class and increases peer disciplinary infractions.

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In the News: A Strategy Backfires, Increasing Teen Births

Educators with high hopes of preventing teen pregnancy have assigned their students computerized baby dolls, programmed to cry, coo, and make life complicated, just like a real baby. A new study finds that the program may encourage teen pregnancy.

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