What We’re Watching: Private School Choice – How Do Programs Nationwide Stack Up?

On Thursday, August 25 at 4 pm, Fordham will release a new report rating private school choice programs across the country.

EdNext Podcast: Will Virtual Reality Be Just Another Classroom Fad?

Using inexpensive new technology, students can take virtual reality field trips without leaving their classrooms. What will schools, teachers, and curriculum developers need to do for virtual reality to live up to the hype? In this episode of the EdNext podcast, Marty West talks with Michael Horn, whose article, “Virtual Reality Disruption: Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?” appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Education Next.

What We’re Watching: The Story Behind America’s Top-Performing Charter Schools (Book Trailer)

On August 30, The 74 will release a new book by Richard Whitmire about America’s high-performing public charter schools called The Founders.

EdNext Podcast: Are Minority Students Actually Underrepresented in Special Ed?

It is widely believed that minority students are overrepresented in special ed programs, possibly due to racial bias. But controlling for other factors that might put students at risk for problems at school, Paul Morgan and George Farkas find that minority students are actually less likely to receive special ed services than similarly situated white students.

What We’re Watching: Pro-Charter Ad from Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, where residents will soon vote in a referendum on whether to allow the creation of more charter schools, pro-charter groups are running tv ads.

EdNext Podcast: Common Standards without Common Tests

The Common Core standards initiative was launched in 2009 but by the time new tests aligned with those standards were rolled out 4 to 5 years later, there was mounting opposition to using those tests to evaluate teachers and schools. To preserve support for the standards, many states began throwing the assessments overboard. Will abandoning the tests in order to save the standards actually work?

EdNext Podcast: Will Leaked Plans to Boost L.A. Charter Schools Harm Them Instead?

Los Angeles has over 41,000 students on charter school wait lists. But when the school district and teachers union got wind of the Broad Foundation’s plan to help launch schools to serve those students, simmering tensions over charter school expansion exploded.

What We’re Watching: Teaching Rich and Poor Alike

Amanda Ripley and Robert Pondiscio discuss whether poor kids should be taught using the same methods as rich kids. This discussion was part of the New York Times’ Cities of Tomorrow event.

EdNext Podcast: Summer Melt — Why College-Bound Kids Don’t End Up in College & How to Help

At least ten percent of students who graduate from high school and plan on going to college never show up on campus in the fall, a phenomenon called “summer melt.” Ben Castleman of the University of Virginia has studied the causes of summer melt and is testing some innovative interventions to help get at-risk students to college.

What We’re Watching: Debate Over Changes to Democratic Platform on Education

At a meeting last weekend, the Democratic Party amended its education platform in a way that amounts to a rejection of the many of the policies of the Obama administration. C-Span broadcast the debate over the changes.

EdNext Podcast: Teachers Unions Around the World

Stanford University’s Terry M. Moe sits down with EdNext editor Marty West to discuss how political debates over education reform have unfolded around the world, with a focus on the role played by teachers unions.

What We’re Watching: Teachers Like Common Core Math. Why Don’t Parents?

On Thursday, July 14 at 4 pm, Fordham will host a discussion of the results of a recent survey that found that, while teachers have begun to embrace Common Core math, parents (as perceived by teachers) seem less enamored.

What We’re Watching: Maps Showing How School Funding Works in Each State

EdBuild has created a website that shows, state-by-state, how schools are funded. (Clicking on the above map will take you to EdBuild’s interactive maps.)

EdNext Podcast: Politicians Taking On Chronic Absenteeism

Leslie Cornfeld, former special advisor to both the Secretary of Education and to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaks with Paul E. Peterson about chronic absenteeism and how data can be used to identify kids who are at risk.

EdNext Podcast: Do Vouchers Reduce Incarceration Rates?

Paul E. Peterson speaks with Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas about his study finding that students in Milwaukee who received vouchers to attend private schools were 2-5 percentage points less likely to be accused or convicted of crimes than comparable students who attended public schools.

What We’re Watching: Fordham Event on Education Reform’s Common Ground

The Fordham Institute hosted a discussion on Monday, June 20, 2016 about what the education reform community agrees on.

EdNext Podcast: Partisan Politics in Education

Paul Peterson interviews Robert Shapiro, an expert on public opinion, about how the partisan divide in education policy is shifting, as issues of school quality and accountability have produced “conflicted liberals,” at the same time that the presidential election is creating “conflicted conservatives.”

What We’re Watching: Brookings Event on Inequality

On June 8, 2016, Brookings hosted a panel discussion on the topic “Bringing education disparities to the forefront of the political debate.” Among the panelists were Gerard Robinson of AEI, DeRay Mckesson of Black Lives Matter, and Peggy McLeod of La Raza.

EdNext Podcast: How to Tackle Chronic Absenteeism

A report released by the U.S. Department of Education this week finds that 6.5 million students missed at least three weeks of school last year. On this week’s podcast, Bob Balfanz talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about the problem of chronic absenteeism.

What We’re Watching: Core Knowledge Performance at Icahn Charter School

At Icahn Charter Schools in the South Bronx, students learn the Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch. Here they demonstrate some of the things they’ve learned in an end-of-year Core Knowledge Assembly program.

EdNext Podcast: The Shared Legacy of Bush and Obama in Education Policy

Paul E. Peterson discusses his recent article, “The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform,” with host Marty West.

What We’re Watching: Online Course on Using PISA to Drive Progress

EdPolicy Leaders Online has launched a new online course that will take a close look at PISA data and explore how the data can be used to improve education policymaking in the U.S.

EdNext Podcast: Can Non-Cognitive Skills Be Taught?

Journalist Paul Tough talks with Education Next editor Marty West about his new book, Helping Children Succeed.

What We’re Watching: Match Minis

Match education has produced a series of 3-5 minute videos, Match Minis, to share what they have learned about classroom teaching, teacher training, and more. There are videos for teachers, for teacher coaches, and for school leaders.

EdNext Podcast: How Will Accountability Change Under ESSA?

Randall Reback, professor of economics at Barnard College and Columbia University, talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about flexibility for states under the new Every Student Succeeds Act.

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