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With Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement of the Excellent Educators for All initiative earlier this month, putting excellent principals at the helm of high-need schools remains critical. Because turning around the nation’s chronically low-performing schools continues to perplex teachers, school and district leaders, and policymakers, let’s consider the experiences and lessons learnedContinue Reading »
It was like being in a seminar led by a world-class professor—only in this case there were 28 professors, among the top scholars in educational equity. Faculty from Brown, Georgetown, and Stanford universities, leaders from the Clinton Global Initiative, Ford Foundation, and NAACP, and five members of the National Academy of Education including its current president, came to AIR’s Georgetown ofContinue Reading »
Early learning has few detractors, but publicly supported prekindergarten has many. Among those concerned are early care and education providers themselves. Private-for-profit and nonprofit centers, faith-based programs, family child care homes, and Head Start fear losing their four-year-olds to “free” prekindergarten programs in public schools.
That’s why many states let private provideContinue Reading »
This is the season when many high school seniors have their college admission and financial aid offers in hand. Now, the cost of attending college becomes real—at least for the first year–because most students are only given dollar figures for the coming year, not what their costs might be in their sophomore, junior, or senior years.
According to an analysis of U.S. Department of EContinue Reading »
Earlier this month the Lumina Foundation’s annual Stronger Nation report noted that in 2013 the number of Americans ages 25 to 64 with “some college, no degree” rose about one quarter of 1 percent to an estimated 36.4 million.
That figure is especially important to the Adult College Completion Network (ACCN), which has set a goal of no more than 35.5 million “some college, no degree” aduContinue Reading »
How do good teachers transform into great ones? What are the experiences, supports, and motivators that drive good teachers into continually evolving, seeking out meaningful learning experiences, and leading such learning for others?
These questions are central to states’ efforts to ensure that all students have great teachers. They also are the crux of a survey study report recently lauContinue Reading »
Apprenticeships—or to be more precise, the praise of apprenticeships—is everywhere. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called for expanded access to apprenticeships and has endorsed apprenticeships in other speeches. In mid-April, the President put resources behind that talk, unveiling a $100 million fund to support apprenticeship programs. The idea is that buContinue Reading »
Advice to millennials. Grad season is over, but George Saunders’ words to the Syracuse University graduating class of 2013 are timeless. His advice to the graduates? Be kinder and avoid selfishness. (The New York Times)
Time means less engagement. A new Gallup poll found that the longer K-12 teachers stay on the job, the less engaged they are. About 35 percent of teachers who have been oContinue Reading »
International math. Check out this math problem found in a North Korean textbook. (Joanne Jacobs)
To tuck the shirt in or not. The Dallas School District may soon be doing away with a part of the dress code that requires students to tuck in their shirts. The school board members are worried that forcing some children to have their shirts tucked in could damage their self-esteem. (WOAI)Continue Reading »
On Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued its decision on the state’s private school voucher program, enacted last year with support from Gov. Bobby Jindal. I’m probably one of the few people in education policy who don’t have strong views either way about vouchers.* In general, I see far greater potential in strategies that seek to grow the supply of high-quality, autonomous schools in thContinue Reading »