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Frederick Hess, AEI's director of education policy studies, is an educator, political scientist, author, and popular speaker and commentator. He has authored such influential books as Spinning Wheels, Revolution at the Margins, and Common Sense School Reform. A former public high school social studies teacher, he has also taught education and policy at universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Rice, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is executive editor of Education Next, a faculty associate with Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education. At AEI, Mr. Hess addresses a range of K-12 and higher education issues.

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What the Digital SAT Will Mean for Students and Educators

"Easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant," a College Board vice president says.
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A Math Teacher’s Frank and Funny Take on Math Education

"Full of the kinds of things that teachers say privately but hesitate to speak aloud"
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A Big Choice for Charter Schooling

Red-state strategy or blue-state strategy?
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What Breyer’s Resignation Means for Education

The best case for Biden is that a successful confirmation builds momentum for a cut-down version of Build Back Better, including universal pre-K.
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How New Hampshire High Schoolers Can Earn Credits Essentially Anywhere

"Education is a sector that is particularly resistant to innovation or change," says the Granite State's education commissioner, Frank Edelblut.
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What It Means to ‘Teach Like a Champion’ in 2022

"Low tech, high text. Phones away, books out," Lemov advises.
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The ‘Success Sequence’ Can Help Schools Bridge Our Divides

Survey finds strong backing for teaching about value of degree, job, marriage, children—in that order.

2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens

Where scholars rank overall may be less telling than where they rank within their field.

The 2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

The university-based scholars in the United States who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy.

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