What We’re Watching: NAEP, A Nation at Risk, and the Future of Education Reform

On April 25, 2018 at 1:30 PM, the Hoover Institution, the Fordham Institute, and Education Next will host a panel discussion on the progress ed reform has made since the 1980s and what the latest NAEP scores suggest about America’s future.

What We’re Watching: Charter Schools – Expanding Opportunity or Reinforcing Divides?

On Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 pm, the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted an Askwith Debate on whether charter schools enahnce or undermine equity.

What We’re Watching: How Far Do Students Travel to Get to School?

Researchers from the Urban Institute have released a study looking at how long it takes students to travel from home to school in five different cities where families have a significant amount of educational choice.

What We’re Watching: No One Way to School – Educational Pluralism and Why it Matters

In this TEDx talk, Ashley Berner makes the case for educational pluralism in the U.S., rather than a school system built around the idea of uniformity.

What We’re Watching: Is Education Worth It?

On February 15, AEI hosted a debate over the value of education. Bryan Caplan, author of The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money, took on Eric Hanushek.

What We’re Watching: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act – Access and Innovation

At a Senate HELP committee hearing on innovation and improving access to higher ed, Mike Larsson testified about Match Beyond, a program which helps students from low-income households earn college degrees at affordable prices.

What We’re Watching: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act – Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency

At a hearing on student debt held last week by the Senate HELP Committee, Matt Chingos suggested some changes to the way student loans work.

What We’re Watching: School Discipline Reform – Hard Lessons from the Front Lines

On January 25 at 4 pm, the Fordham Institute will host a debate on school discipline reform. The focus will be on the impact of policies aimed at reducing suspensions.

What We’re Watching: Bush-Obama School Reform — Lessons Learned

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, AEI hosted a conference on the past two decades of school reform. Panels discussed what we have learned about accountability, policy instruments, and Washington’s role.

What We’re Watching: How Did Massachusetts Pull Off Its Educational Miracle?

On December 7, 2017, Fordham hosted a discussion with David Driscoll, the man behind many of the reforms that led to the Massachusetts Miracle, and the author of a new book, Commitment and Common Sense: Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts.

What We’re Watching: Rural Education in America – Challenges and Promise

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, starting at 9 am, AEI hosts a day-long research conference on rural education.

What We’re Watching: A Little Help Goes a Long Way in Doubling the Community College Grad Rates

Soledad O’Brien reports on the ASAP program, an innovative program of wrap-around support services launched at CUNY.

What We’re Watching: Examining the State Role in Financing Public Schools

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Urban Institute hosted a panel discussion on school finance policies and inequality.

What We’re Watching: Better Buses — Three Ways to Improve School Transportation

Bellwether Education Partners believes we need to think differently about school transportation. In this 3-minute video they explain what needs to change.

What We’re Watching: Improving Career and Technical Education by Reforming High Schools and Community Colleges

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 AEI hosted two panel discussions on new ways to prepare students for the world of work.

What We’re Watching: Millennials in Ed Reform

As millennials grow up and become parents, find schools for their kids, and move into positions of leadership, what’s apt to change on the education reform front? The Fordham Institute and the Walton Family Foundation are convening a panel to discuss this on November 14 at 4 pm.

What We’re Watching: Outcomes and Challenges in US Cities with Public School Choice

On November 14, the Brown Center at Brookings and CRPE will host two panels on the current state of public school choice in our nation’s cities.

What We’re Watching: Dan Willingham on Reading Comprehension

Dan Willingham explains why reading comprehension tests don’t actually test reading comprehension.

What We’re Watching: Over a Million Teachers Aren’t Covered by Social Security

Why are so many teachers not covered by social security? The answers are in this explainer created by TeacherPensions.org

What We’re Watching: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep

In August 2016, a new public school opened in Washington, D.C. specifically to meet the needs of boys of color. A three-part audio documentary looks at how things went for the students and the school in its first year.

What We’re Watching: Bill Gates Keynote at the Annual Conference of the Council of the Great City Schools

On October 19, 2017 at 12:30, Bill Gates delivered the keynote address at the 61st Annual Conference of the Council of the Great City Schools.

What We’re Watching: A Keynote and Conversation with Eva Moskowitz

Eva Moskowitz, the CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, was at AEI on Tuesday, October 3 to talk with Rick Hess about her battles to reform America’s education system, the topic of her new book.

What We’re Watching: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Speaks at Harvard

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke at the IOP Forum at the Kennedy School at Harvard on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

What We’re Watching: Has K–12 Education Fallen for a Testing Charade?

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, AEI hosted Dan Koretz, whose new book is The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better. Discussing the book were Nina Rees and Russ Whitehurst. Rick Hess moderated.

What We’re Watching: Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia on C-SPAN

On Friday, Sept. 15th, the Hoover Institution hosted “Scalia’s Constitution: Essays on Law and Education,” an event that was later broadcast by C-SPAN.

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