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Wimpy Interventions Leave Us With Disappointing Results

We attempted to turn around our schools in Rhode Island without making any radical changes and the results are disappointing. Some were hopeful that we’d do better; many predicted this outcome. Matt Barnum writes in Chalkbeat about the experiment in our little state that appears to have fallen flat. A well intentioned attempt to improve… Continue reading Wimpy Interventions Leave Us With Disappointing Results

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Charter and District Leaders Tackling the Issue of Students Who Are Over-Age and Under-Credited, Together

“Overage and under-credited” is a term used to describe older students, typically 16- to 20-year-old young adults who have fallen behind their initial high school graduation cohort. For many such students, the path to a high school diploma can be a complicated one. It’s a path that requires intensive supports and creative thinking.” (Projo, 8/15/17)… Continue reading Charter and District Leaders Tackling the Issue of Students Who Are Over-Age and Under-Credited, Together

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Everybody and Their Mama Wants Schools to Provide Laptops…and so much more!

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White America, Time to Get Louder

In light of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this post isn’t about schools. It’s about something even more important and vital to us ever getting to a place where we can make schools better for every child in America.   There is a special kind of cognitive dissonance when on the very day I head… Continue reading White America, Time to Get Louder

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Guest Post: Parents, Why Are We Doing This?

By Tracy Dell’Angella We’ve known this for a while, but here’s another survey to add fuel to the fire: Parents tend to inflate their kids’ academic progress and deflate their kids’ emotional resilience. In a nutshell, they don’t worry enough about the fact that schools are increasingly unable to prepare students with the skills they… Continue reading Guest Post: Parents, Why Are We Doing This?

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No. Common Core Did Not Cause a Spike in Middle School Suicides (And to Say It Did Is Reprehensible)

You’ve got to be kidding me. Steven Singer has actually penned a piece in which he makes the claim that Common Core has led to a spike in middle school suicides. Though he does admit that there are a variety of reasons for the increase, he stands firm in his claim that the Common Core… Continue reading No. Common Core Did Not Cause a Spike in Middle School Suicides (And to Say It Did Is Reprehensible)

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How About Pro-Teacher Teachers’ Unions?

By Peter Cunningham On August 1, Celine Coggins, a former classroom teacher who founded an organization called Teach Plus, will publish a new book about the importance of engaging teachers in policy development. It’s called “How to Be Heard.” I have just begun reading it, and I am hopeful it will drive dialogue about the… Continue reading How About Pro-Teacher Teachers’ Unions?