If we want to preserve urban Catholic education, we need savvy fiscal experts and business leaders who can help build sustainable institutions in a fiercely competitive environment.
Memphis is not the first diocese to work with charter leaders to “convert” struggling urban Catholic schools into public charter schools, but its “conversions” are certainly the most prominent.
What if Catholic dioceses reinvented the role they play in school oversight?
That so many ed reformers have steered clear of advocating for proven curricula speaks volumes about how resistant our culture is to anything that puts limits on individual autonomy.
The inherent strengths of Catholic education—a focus on values, faith formation, and academic rigor, coupled with the belief that all children can succeed—are as sturdy a foundation as they have always been.
Something special happens in schools rooted in enduring relationships and timeless values.
June marked the end of my first year as superintendent of Partnership Schools, a nonprofit school management organization that was granted broad authority to manage and operate six K–8 urban Catholic schools.
Doug Lemov’s work identifying what “champion” teachers do has been nothing short of transformational.
Standards for any subject are most effective when used not to drive lesson planning on any given day, but rather the selection of a clear, teacher-friendly, coherently developed curriculum.
We must stop trying to teach reading the way we teach math.
Common Core standards expect English language arts teachers to do things very differently than they have in the past. Will that really happen?
Fordham gives a grade of C to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Why are prominent conservatives criticizing a set of rigorous educational standards?
If states are going to make rational decisions to replace their own science standards with these new ones, it’s only right to insist that the new ones be stronger