What We’re Watching: Why More States are Backing Off Common Core

Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour talks with Rick Hess and Carmel Martin.

What We’re Watching: Game Brings History to Life

Middle school students play “Mission US,” an online adventure game that immerses students in American history.

What We’re Watching: Should School Principals Be Treated Like CEOs?

Amber Northern appears on Huffington Post Live Monday at 2:30 pm to discuss the challenges of principal recruitment, selection, and placement.

What We’re Watching: Arne Duncan on New Roles for Teachers

Addressing a Leading Educators conference, Arne Duncan says we need to give teachers more opportunities to influence education policy without having to leave their teaching jobs.

What We’re Watching: On the Rocketship

On June 26 at 4pm, the Fordham Institute will host a panel to discuss Richard Whitmire’s new book, On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope.

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What We’re Watching: A Roadmap for Common Core Transition

The Center for American Progress hosted a forum on Common Core implementation.

Ed Next Book Club: Richard Whitmire on On the Rocketship

Mike Petrilli interviews Richard about his new book about the high-performing Rocketship charter network.

What We’re Watching: Kaya Henderson on D.C. Public Schools

DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson talks with Andy Rotherham while driving through DC.

What We’re Listening To: The Debate Over Tenure for Teachers

A superintendent, a teachers union president, and a reporter debate teacher tenure in light of a court ruling that found the policy unconstitutional.

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What We’re Watching: The Authorizer Effect

The EWA national seminar included a panel on the impact of high-quality charter authorizing.

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What We’re Watching: More Easily Firing Bad Teachers Helps Everyone

Eric Hanushek discusses the Vergara v. California ruling.

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What We’re Watching: Ed Reform 101

A 10-week online course on education policy offered by 50CAN and Fordham is now accepting applications.

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Ed Next Book Club: Sam Chaltain on Our School


Mike Petrilli talks with Sam Chaltain about schools, community, and choice.

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What We’re Watching: Expanding the Education Universe

Michael Brickman explains the benefits of course choice policies and describes how states can promote them.

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What We’re Watching: Central Standard on Education

A documentary web series follows five 8th grade students in the Chicago area as they apply to selective enrollment high schools.

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What We’re Watching: Lessons from Singapore

Professor Lee Sing Kong gave a presentation for the Rodel Foundation in Delaware on teacher training in Singapore.

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What We’re Watching: What Is Common Core?

Mike McShane of AEI explains why the new standards have become so controversial.

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What We’re Listening To: Mike Petrilli and Nina Rees on Charter Schools

Nina Rees visits the Education Gadfly Show to talk about federal charter school legislation and what district schools can learn from charters.

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What We’re Watching: Improving Teacher Evaluations

Sandi Jacobs, Russ Whitehurst, Matt Chingos and Dan Goldhaber discuss a new study that finds several problems with evaluating teachers based on classroom observations.

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What We’re Watching: Not Just the Problems of Other People’s Children

A new study finds that U.S. schools do as badly at teaching students from better-educated families as they do at teaching students from less well-educated families.

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What We’re Watching: Closing Arguments in Vergara v. California

Students Matter has posted Marcellus McRae’s closing arguments in Vergara v. California, which challenges the state’s laws regarding teacher tenure, seniority and dismissal,

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What We’re Watching: What Does Common Core Implementation Look Like?

PBS NewsHour asked student reporters to interview their teachers about how their teaching is affected by the new standards.

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What We’re Listening To: Do Common Core Standards Really Matter?

Tom Loveless of Brookings on how the Common Core came about, why some are opposed to it , and what its impact will be on student achievement.

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What We’re Watching: What’s Driving Gains in Graduation Rates?

PBS NewsHour on a new report that finds that graduation rates have reached 80 percent.

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What We’re Listening To: How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

The Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program is featured on NPR’s Morning Edition.

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