Straight Up Conversation: 2017 National History Teacher of the Year Sara Ziemnik

A chat with Sara Ziemnik about teaching history and how to nurture open and respectful debate in an era of polarization and general nastiness.

In the News: ‘Open’ Curricula Offerings Expand to Social Studies

The Core Knowledge Foundation has released a free online social studies curriculum for grades 3 to 5.

What We Know About Career and Technical Education in High School

States have been very active in passing laws about CTE. They now need to step up and support research that can help ensure these new initiatives are successful.

EdNext Podcast: Curriculum Is Key in Louisiana

Robert Pondiscio joins Marty West to discuss the curriculum-driven reform efforts led by the Louisiana Department of Education.

The Play’s the Thing

What do students learn from field trips to see live theater? As it turns out, quite a lot.

A Vision for the Future of K-3 Reading Policy – Personalized and Mastery-Based

We need more nimble systems that can accommodate flexible and timely progression decisions based on clear learning objectives, transparent definitions of proficiency and a strong embedded formative assessment system.

Choosing a Curriculum: A Critical Act

The content that teachers deliver in the classroom matters just as much as how effectively they deliver it.

David Brooks and the Language of Privilege

It is within our power as educators and policymakers to help all children acquire the language of privilege so they will not be excluded.

The Social-Emotional-Learning Movement and the Self-Esteem Movement

Social Emotional Learning will almost surely turn out to have no real scientific foundation.

Cultural Activity Matters

A rigorously designed study out of Denmark shows that cultural activity among students is strongly (and likely causally) related to later academic success.

Reading and Wronging

A review of “Language at the Speed of Sight” by Mark Seidenberg

Time to Connect Professional Development and Teacher Training to Curriculum

Why is it so rare that thoughtfully vetted instructional materials form the foundation of professional learning for teachers?

Curriculum Becomes a Reform Strategy

It’s too soon to declare that curriculum has made its way solidly into the ed-reform arsenal, but the evidence is mounting that it’s entering.

A Cage-Busting Curriculum for Teachers

How teachers can navigate bureaucracy and the shoals of policy in order to make schools and systems more supportive of their work.

Civil Society and Job Training

Instead of trying to use public policy to develop training programs for the workforce of the future, let’s instead rest our hopes on a vast array of small-scale, nimble, local solutions crafted by civil-society actors.

A Better Future for Rural Communities Starts at the Schoolhouse

Students need to know that the economy constantly changes and that everyone, no matter how well educated, must be alert to trends in the demand for skills.

Big Bang for Just a Few Bucks: The Impact of Math Textbooks in California

Textbooks are one of the most widely used educational inputs, but remarkably little is known about their effects on student learning.

Lessons on Common Core

Critical books offer more folly than wisdom

AP Government is All Government and No Civics; All Federal and No Federalism

We need a rigorous curriculum to teach students the civics of the local and the experiential.

Can a Redesigned AP Government Course Get Schools Back Into the Civic Education Game?

If a new seriousness about civic education takes root, schools may turn to the new off-the-shelf curriculum developed by the College Board.

Technology’s Unmet Progressive Promise

Maybe today’s technology can finally make a progressive teaching approach more doable for teachers and students in more classrooms.

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.

What We’re Watching: Match Charter School Shares Its Curriculum

Match Charter School, a high-performing preK-12 school in Boston, is making its curriculum available to teachers everywhere through Match Fishtank.

A Strong Case for a Knowledge-Centric Curriculum

Why Knowledge Matters, E. D. Hirsch, Jr.’s fifth book on education, is as important as his first.

Should Civic Education Emphasize Diversity or What We Have in Common?

The key to creating conditions that sincerely celebrate diversity may lie in focusing the attention of our children on what makes us one country.

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