What We’re Watching: What Would You Change About Public Education?

At last week’s National Summit on Education Reform, sponsored by ExcelinEd, speakers were asked what one thing they would like to change about public education in the U.S.

What We’re Watching: What Will the 2016 Election Mean for Education?

On Thursday, November 10, AEI held a panel discussion on how the results of the election will affect federal and state education policies.

What We’re Watching: American Public Opinion on K-12 Education Policy

On September 16, Education Next hosted an event to discuss the results of its 10th annual survey of public opinion on K-12 education.

What We’re Watching: Jeb Bush at Harvard

On October 13, Governor Jeb Bush spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Askwith Forum on new opportunities for state leadership on K-12 education policy

What We’re Watching: Charter Schools at Twenty-Five: Humdrum or Revolutionary?

On Wednesday, October 12, Fordham hosted a discussion on the state of charter schooling. Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Richard Whitmire spoke about what has been accomplished, what has been learned, and what the future may hold.

What We’re Watching: Building a Learning Culture in America

A conversation with education reformer Kevin Chavous

On Tuesday at 10 am, AEI will host a conversation between Gerard Robinson and Kevin Chavous about Chavous’s new book, Building a Learning Culture in America.

What We’re Watching: Teachers & Parents: Allies or Opposition in Ed Reform?

As part of the State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting on October 4, a panel discussed the role that teachers and parents play in shaping school policy, including school choice, merit pay, and school spending.

What We’re Watching: The Accountability Movement – Progress or Retreat?

On September 29th, the Manhattan Institute hosted a symposium on the state of the accountability movement.

What We’re Watching: Sara Goldrick-Rab on The Daily Show

Sara Goldrick-Rab was a guest on The Daily Show this week to talk about her new book, Paying the Price, about the cost of higher education, our current system of financial aid, and some strategies for cutting costs.

What We’re Watching: Economic Segregation and Student Poverty

In this video, NPR’s Cory Turner looks at which states have the most-segregating school district boundaries– borders with the largest difference in child poverty rates from one side to the other.

What We’re Watching: Match Charter School Shares Its Curriculum

Match Charter School, a high-performing preK-12 school in Boston, is making its curriculum available to teachers everywhere through Match Fishtank.

What We’re Watching: A School Founder’s History

The 74 is creating an oral history of America’s top charter schools. They’ve posted a series of video interviews with educators, school leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. This video features JoAnn Gama of IDEA Public Schools.

What We’re Watching: John Oliver on Charter Schools

Earlier this week, John Oliver ran a segment making fun of charter schools on Last Week Tonight. Nelson Smith, Travis Pillow, and others have responded.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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