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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.

Published Articles & Media

How to Deliver Deeper Learning During the Coronavirus Shutdown

“When I asked him to name the school at the end of the week, he named it ‘Happy School.'”

Tracking 82 Districts’ Responses to Coronavirus School Closures

Only four districts say they are providing formal curriculum, online instruction, and student progress monitoring, but that group does include Miami-Dade Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education.

Great City Schools Chief Mike Casserly on the Urban Response to Covid-19

“There is just no substitute for students being with teachers as lessons are being taught.”

Former Superintendent Terry Grier on the Challenges of School Closures and Distance Learning

“Most of the country’s school districts do not have enough laptops for students and teachers to use at home and school.”

Sal Khan on Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home

As schools across the country closed, Khan Academy, with the support of Bank of America, pushed to create daily learning schedules for students age 4-18 and expand access to its online resources for millions.

Where Left and Right Agree on Civics Education, and Where They Don’t

“One participant told the story of a high school teacher enthusiastically hosting a debate on abortion on the second day of the school year.”

Secretary DeVos, It’s Time to Scratch the 2020 State Tests

It’s time to waive the assessment requirements, everywhere and for everyone.

Straight Up Conversation: Panorama CEO on Measuring College, Career, and Life Readiness

Rick talks with the CEO of Panorama Education, an ed-tech company whose college- and career-readiness tools are currently used each year in 11,500 schools.
Book cover for Slaying Goliath by Diane Ravitch

A Voice of the “Resistance,” Breathless and Crude

A review of "Slaying Goliath" by Diane Ravitch
Man taking a photo and facing a funhouse mirror.

Four Things You Need to Know About Education Policymaking

Before expecting to effectively shape policy in a world full of complexity and honest disagreement, learn about the world you want to change.

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