What We’re Watching: The Opt-Out Movement Against Standardized Testing

Michael Jonas of Commonwealth Magazine hosts an online discussion of the opt-out movement with Robert Pondiscio and Jennifer Berkshire.

What We’re Watching: This High School Trains Baltimore’s Students To Be Artists

PBS NewsHour has a feature on the Baltimore School for the Arts, where students are admitted based on their artistic potential.

What We’re Watching: The American Dream in Crisis

On May 13, Robert Putnam was at the Fordham Institute to discuss his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

What We’re Watching: Turning Dropouts Into Diplomas

This Ed Week video spotlights a dropout-recovery program in Lawrence, Mass., that includes home visits from a “scholar re-engagement manager” and personalized plans for returning to school.

What We’re Watching: Welcome to National Charter Schools Week

Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has a welcome message for National Charter Schools Week, which began Monday.

What We’re Watching: IDEA Public Schools Celebrates College Signing Day

Seniors at IDEA Public Schools, a charter school network in Texas which has sent 100% of its graduates to college for seven years straight, reveal their college plans.

What We’re Watching: The Game Believes in You

On April 28, the Fordham Institute hosted a conversation with Greg Toppo about his new book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.

What We’re Watching: Does Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Test Miss its Goal?

PBS NewsHour looks into the impact of legislation that promised to hold students back who cannot pass the state’s reading test by the end of third grade.

What We’re Watching: What Can We Learn From Cage-Busting Teachers?

Teacher Marilyn Rhames gives teachers strategic advice on how to start new school programs. Rhames appeared at a Cage-Busting Teacher event at AEI.

What We’re Watching: Incorporating Noncognitive Skills into Education Policy

On Tuesday, March 31, the Brown Center hosted an event looking at what policymakers need to know about how noncognitive skills like grit can be cultivated.

What We’re Watching: Moneyball for Education

Rick Hess and Bethany Little describe how state and local school systems could use data and evidence to improve student outcomes just like Billy Beane did for the Oakland A’s.

What We’re Watching: Cage-Busting Teachers

On Wednesday, April 15, AEI will host a discussion of The Cage-Busting Teacher, a new book by Rick Hess.

What We’re Watching: Securing Our Nation’s Future

The Foundation for Excellence in Education is offering a new online course about the threat a failing education system poses to national security.

What We’re Watching: Teachers of the Year on Common Core

Pam Reilly, Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2014, talks about the Common Core standards.

What We’re Watching: Teaching Teachers How To Lead Beyond Their Classroom

Rick Hess talks about his new book, The Cage-Busting Teacher, which aims to help teachers who want to make their schools better for kids and teachers alike.

What We’re Watching: Girls, Boys, and Reading

On Thursday March 26, Tom Loveless and Matt Chingos discussed the Brown Center’s new report on reading and the gender gap.

What We’re Watching: 180 Days: Hartsville

A new PBS documentary, 180 Days: Hartsville, explores how a town in South Carolina is working to provide a better education for its poor students.

What We’re Watching: Live Free and Learn

The Cato Institute has produced a short film about New Hampshire’s scholarship tax credit program.

What We’re Watching: Two Charlotte Schools Choose an Opportunity Culture

Principals at Ranson and Ashley Park in Charlotte, N.C. explain how they use blended learning and multi-classroom leaders to extend the reach of great teachers

What We’re Watching: Revisiting the Moynihan Report

On March 5, Education Next hosted an event to discuss the state of the American family on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report.

What We’re Watching: Empowering Parents and Voters for K-12 Education Reform

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Andrew Kelly and Jon Valant discussed new research on parent empowerment.

What We’re Watching: Measuring and Understanding Education Advocacy

On Wednesday, March 4, Brookings hosted a live online discussion on how advocacy efforts influence education policy.

What We’re Watching: Can Gifted Education Survive the Common Core?

A Fordham Institute panel on Monday, Feb. 23 considered how the Common Core standards will impact gifted students.

What We’re Watching: Do You Really Need a College Degree to be Successful?

Mike Petrilli tells Fox & Friends it doesn’t matter that Scott Walker never graduated from college.

What We’re Watching: Are American Schools Just Not Designed to Succeed?

Rick Hess on why school reform could feel stuck, how we got here, and how we can do better.

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