What We’re Watching: Why Proficiency Matters

The Foundation for Excellence in Education has launched Why Proficiency Matters, an interactive website that will help parents understand what proficiency means in their state and how it impacts their children.

What We’re Watching: Who Invented the Common Core?

USA Today’s Greg Toppo answer’s a reader’s question about the origins of the Common Core State Standards.

What We’re Watching: The Knowledge of Capital Nations

Eric Hanushek discusses the value of raising students’ cognitive skills and how this is crucial to boosting long-term economic growth

What We’re Watching: The New TNTP: A Conversation with Daniel Weisberg

The Fordham Institute hosted a live-streamed conversation with Daniel Weisberg, the new CEO of TNTP.

What We’re Watching: Getting Education Bills to the Finish Line

The Brown Center hosted a panel to discuss why it has been so hard for Congress to reauthorize ESEA.

What We’re Watching: Universal Basic Skills: What Countries Stand to Gain

Eric Hanushek talks about the economic growth that would result if countries could meet the goal of bringing all children up to a level of basic skills.

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: Why Common Core Math Problems Look So Weird

Libby Nelson of Vox explains the Common Core approach to math to skeptical parents and others.

What We’re Watching: Gov. Scott Walker on Improving Education

Governor Scott Walker spoke about reforms he put in place in Wisconsin at a Harvard conference on improving school systems in July 2012.

On Winning (and Losing) the National Spelling Bee

The 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place this week. In 2010, Marty West of Ed Next spoke with George Thampy about what it was like to win the bee in 2000.

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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: 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.

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