What We’re Watching: Ken Burns’ Documentary on the Greenwood School

“The Address” focuses on students at the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, who are encouraged to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.

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What We’re Watching: A High School That Teaches Students to Fly

Students at Davis Aerospace, a public school in Detroit, can earn a pilot’s license.

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What We’re Watching: All Students Can

Ed Trust on how all students can achieve at higher levels.

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What We’re Watching: Closing the Language Gap

A gadget that counts words spoken to children is used to help close the “word gap” between affluent and low-income families (NYT)

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What We’re Watching: Do American Kids Have Too Much Homework?

Most students are not overloaded with homework, according to a new Brookings report by Tom Loveless.

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What We’re Watching: ‘Controlled Choice’ in Washington, D.C.

Should Washington, D.C. assign students to schools in a way that provides some socioeconomic integration? Fordham hosts a discussion Friday at 10.

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What We’re Watching: Bill Gates on the Common Core

George Stephanopoulos interviews Bill Gates on the Common Core.

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What We’re Watching: All Teachers Can

Ed Trust on how strong, dedicated teachers with high expectations can help all students reach high standards.

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What We’re Watching: Student Films about Technology in Education

“Thru the Lens of a Tiger” is one of 16 films made by students about technology in the classroom for the White House Student Film Festival.

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What We’re Watching: ‘Chicagoland’ Trailer

CNN’s new documentary series “Chicagoland” premiers Thursday night at 10 pm. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to close dozens of public schools will be one of the topics of the first episode.

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What We’re Watching: Charter School Hearing on the Hill

The Education & the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss the role of charter schools in K-12 education.

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What We’re Watching: The Whole Gritty City

A new documentary follows the lives of students in three school marching bands in New Orleans.

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What We’re Watching: Voucher Researchers Respond to Obama

Researchers respond to the assertion by President Obama that school vouchers have produced few benefits for students.

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What We’re Watching: Public Pension Reform

On Wednesday at 10 am, Brookings will host a live webcast to accompany the release of two papers that spotlight pension reform efforts.

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What We’re Watching: Expanding Access to Great Teachers

Fordham hosted a forum on how to ensure that more students have access to the best teachers.

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What We’re Watching: Sal Khan on Blended Learning

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The founder of Khan Academy delivered the keynote address at the Hoover Institution’s Symposium on Blended Learning in K-12 Education.

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What We’re Watching: 2013 Urban Innovator Award

The Manhattan Institute presented its Urban Innovator Award to Christopher Cerf, New Jersey’s state commissioner of education.

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What We’re Watching: The Student and the Stopwatch

How much time is spent on testing in America’s schools? Fordham and Teach Plus hosted an event featuring new evidence.

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What We’re Watching: Vergara v. CA Opening Remarks PowerPoint

The slide show accompanying the opening remarks in the Vergara v. CA case lay out the case against existing teacher tenure, seniority, and dismissal policies.

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What We’re Watching: American Promise on PBS

American Promise, a documentary film about two African-American boys attending an elite private school in New York City, will be shown on PBS on Monday, February 3.

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What We’re Watching: The Story of Rural Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has a video on charter schools in rural settings. For information about policies affecting rural charter schools, Andy Smarick will present findings from a new report at a webinar on Thursday.

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What We’re Watching: School Choice Conference at AEI

HAPPENING NOW: AEI’s school choice conference will look at why choice has not had more of an impact and what it would take to get more great schools of choice.

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What We’re Watching: School Choice: A Multiple Choice for Families

Mike McShane of AEI describes the varieties of school choice.

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What We’re Watching: Senators To Unveil School Choice Proposals

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tim Scott (R-SC) will be at AEI on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10:40 a.m. to announce new legislation to encourage state efforts to expand school choice.

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What We’re Watching: A Tribute to the Work of E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

The Fordham Institute’s Education Gadfly has pulled together a video feature celebrating the work of E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

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