Behind the Headline: Florida Virtual School CEO to Retire

Summer 2009 | Education Next

Julie Young, who launched Florida Virtual School 17 years ago as the first statewide online school in the country, has announced her retirement.

Are New York’s New Diploma Options the Future of the Common Core?

As an advocate for struggling learners, I support the Common Core. Why? For these students, there’s nothing more effective than high expectations and accountability. The Common Core is tough love.

“Pulling” In New Edtech Solutions? The Federal Agenda to Bolster Learning Technology

How can the government best incentivize and speed up the creation of “high impact” learning technologies?

Choosing the Right Growth Measure

Methods should compare similar schools and teachers

Methods should compare similar schools and teachers

California Pension Reform: An Interview With San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

Will states and cities facing skyrocketing costs find a way to protect the retirement benefits that people have already earned while making changes to the way benefits are earned in the future?

Creating a Good Course Choice Market

How can we capture the benefits of course choice while also protecting students from poor-quality course choice providers?

Knowledge at the Core

For thirty years, Don Hirsch has tried to persuade policymakers to undertake perhaps the one reform we’ve never tried: the widespread adoption of a coherent, sequential, content-rich curriculum. What might change the outcome over the next thirty years?

Teacher Pensions Don’t Boost Retention

Empirically, pensions appear to have no effect on early- or mid-career teachers.

Half of New York City’s Teachers Won’t Qualify for a Retirement Benefit

Pension plans need to estimate how much money they’ll need in order to pay the benefits they’ve promised in the future. They also need to estimate how many employees will qualify for a benefit in the first place.

Illinois Pension Reform: An Interview With State Senator Daniel Biss

Illinois recently passed pension reform legislation with robust bipartisan support. Here’s how and why it happened.

Charlotte to Expand Opportunity Culture to Almost Half Its Schools

What if all our nation’s schools could offer “dream jobs in education”? Charlotte schools are dreaming big—with dreams firmly rooted in reality.

Pension Reform vs. the ‘California Rule’

Cities and states faced with rising pension costs have begun to search for the most effective way to balance retirement promises made to workers with the need for fiscal sustainability and employer flexibility.

Don’t Expect Schools of the Future to Be Here Tomorrow

Historically, new innovations have the best chance for success if they deliberately decide not to start off in the big league with the most demanding applications and customers.

The Intelligence Of Education Elements

Education Elements is one of the few entities helping schools do the most basic work of implementing blended learning into traditional classrooms.

According to Its Pension System, D.C. Teacher Turnover Hasn’t Increased

If you follow news about the District of Columbia Public Schools closely, you could be forgiven if you thought teacher turnover had increased since the schools were handed over to mayoral control in 2007.

NNSTOY’s Report on Teacher ‘Career Pathways’

It’s vital that teachers help shape new systems that will give them opportunities for growth, impact, and professional responsibility

Can Technology Cultivate Social Capital?

In addition to altering instruction, technology stands to reshape how we guide and mentor students, and how we might expand their social and professional networks.

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.

Quick Thoughts on the Screwed Up DC IMPACT Ratings

Teacher evaluation systems are nascent and fragile. Proponents need to do everything they can to show that these will be fair, reliable, and workable.

Behind the Headline: Bumpy Start for Teacher Evaluation Program in New York Schools

The new teacher evaluation system that was rolled out in New York City this fall means a lot of extra work for principals and assistant principals.

Strategies for Third Graders, Theories for Graduate Students

What could be more tedious and uninspiring than efforts such as “Students are taught to generate their own questions” and “Students are taught to become aware of what they do not understand”? These metacognitive strategies turn the reading experience into a stilted, halting activity, making the content students must learn a boring rehearsal. People love the humanities because of the content of them, not because of the interpretation of them.

Little Learners Need Better Curriculum

Any gains provided by a massive new investment in preschool will quickly fade away if Mayor de Blasio doesn’t also tackle New York City’s mediocre elementary schools.

The Promising Future of Virtual spEd

The more customization a student requires, as is often the case with kids with special needs who need adaptations in pacing, methodology, presentation and curriculum, the more attractive virtual ed can be.

Teach to One Earns Promising Marks in Math Learning

Personalized-learning models powered by technology posted more promising gains in the 2012-13 school year, according to a recently released Columbia Teachers College study.

Grit v. Knowledge: Round 2

Much of what we read in Adam Bryant’s “Corner Office” columns would certainly justify Paul Tough’s applause for persistence and grit. But though certainly gritty and persistent, all of the subjects of the column show signs of having a remarkable background in knowledge acquisition (e.g. professional parents, high SATs, college degrees) probably earned their success by putting their grit at the service of learning.

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