Alternatives to the Traditional

Montgomery County, Md. will overhaul its struggling alternative school program using personalized, competency-based, and online components.

Navigating the Common Core

Complexities threaten implementation

Complexities threaten implementation

The Common Core Takes Hold

Implementation moves steadily forward

Implementation moves steadily forward

Do Public Pensions Provide Equal Pay for Equal Work?

Women are more likely to spend time out of the workforce than men, and defined-benefit pension plans tend to punish teachers who fail to meet specific targets, such as 30 years of service.

Can Pre-K Blaze the Way to Disruption?

Because half of 3 and 4 year olds are not enrolled in pre-K today, we have an opportunity to foster disruptive innovations that could change the way we think about childcare, parenting, and education.

Does Pre-K Work? It Depends How Picky You Are

How is it that different individuals could look at the same research and come to such different conclusions?

The Pre-K Problem: A Great Investment or Passing the Buck?

What should we be talking about when we talk about universal pre-K?

What Do We Know About Professional Development?

Teachers who seek to improve their own practice are primarily guided by common sense, intuition, word of mouth, personal experience, ideologically laden ideas about progressive or traditional instruction, the guidance of mentors, and folk wisdom—not a body of knowledge and practice that has been rigorously tested for its efficacy.

Julie Young: Disruptive Innovator For Students

Julie Young’s guiding vision for the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) began in 1996 as she wrote the word “student” at the center of a piece of paper and then asked a series of questions of the team gathered around her. What could school look like if the student was at the center?

The Common Core Sanity Check of the Day: Estimation Is Not a Fuzzy Math Skill

Those who criticize the Common Core standards for asking kids to estimate the answer to a math problem get a few things wrong.

Two Graphs on Urban Teachers and Their (Lack of) Pensions

The majority of teachers in these cities do not remain in the same district long enough to qualify for even a minimal pension, and only a very tiny fraction of teachers stay long enough to receive a pension that would be sufficient for a stable retirement.

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.

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