The Problem With Education Research Fixated on ‘What Works?’

Our relentless focus on “what works?” has rewarded programs designed to yield short-term bumps in test scores while distracting attention from more fundamental and complex efforts.

In Delhi Experiment, Software Sparks Success

When student preparation varies greatly, a blended learning program can leverage what technology does best, presenting less well-prepared students with easier problems and progressively graduating them to more difficult activities.

Aspen’s Newest Social-Emotional Learning Offering Gives Cause for Pause

We see a danger that social-emotional learning could wind up compromising academic instruction or serving to advance ideological causes and agendas.

What Schools Can Learn from OrangeTheory about Differentiating Instruction

Like schools, fitness studios aim to provide a great experience for twenty-five or thirty students with great variation in levels and goals.

What If Teachers Could No Longer Give B-minuses?

In a competency-based learning model, students keep working at something until they demonstrate mastery.

Straight Up Conversation: Braven CEO Aimée Eubanks Davis

Braven partners with three universities to help over 1,600 low-income, first-generation students transition from college to career.

The Corruption Continuum

Name an educated, upper-middle-class parent who hasn’t done a hundred things to advantage their own progeny in the frantic competition for limited spots at elite universities.

Straight Up Conversation: My Tech High CEO Matt Bowman

My Tech High partners with innovative public school districts to offer tuition-free, home-centered education programs to 5,000 students, primarily in Utah.

Newspaper Hit Piece on Charter Schools Misses The Mark

Reader hours, reporter time disappear into flawed journalistic experiment

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Are Career-Tech Students Preparing for Jobs That Actually Exist?

A new analysis links data on career and technical education course-taking to employment data.

Buttigieg Talks Charter Schools

Warns “Free” College Is Less Progressive Than It Sounds

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Three Thoughts on the Special Olympics Fiasco

On occasion, policymakers have won through on once-unpopular proposals. But this requires diligence, constancy, and principle—traits the Trump administration seems to lack.

A State School Board that Works

In California, the state board of education works with the governor to accomplish long-term policy goals.

Straight Up Conversation: Teaching Matters CEO Lynette Guastaferro

Lynette Guastaferro is the CEO of Teaching Matters, which currently serves 237 urban schools. Their programs include Early Reading Matters, which coaches teachers on how to better teach reading skills.

Resilience, Hope, and the Power of the Collective: What Puerto Rico Can Teach the States about Education Reform

People don’t talk about “scaling” solutions in Puerto Rico. They create solutions and hope that others will do the same.

Teacher Pay Emerges As Democratic Primary Issue

Call it the teacher primary.

Reflections on a Four-Year Sentence

What I learned serving as a state school board member

When Did Good Parenting Become a Problem?

The felonious conduct in the college admissions scandal is distinctly different from good parents trying to help their kids.

Responding To The Achievement Gap Findings

The reason gap-closing matters is because social mobility matters, particularly in a society that prizes itself on being a land of opportunity. But raising all boats matters, too.

The Bizarre Disdain for High School Sports

Why is such short shrift given to the role athletics can play when it comes to supporting academic success and forging character?

A Teacher Strike Even Conservatives Can Support

Teachers across Iran are holding sit-ins in their school principals’ offices to demand better pay, the right to form unions, and the freeing of all jailed teachers’ rights activists.

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New Studies Show Benefits of Arts-Focused Field Trips

Students taking part in multiple arts-focused field trips showed improved school engagement, higher test scores, and increased tolerance.

Straight Up Conversation: Columbia’s Liz Chu Talks Research and Leadership

Liz Chu is executive director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Public Research and Leadership, which trains graduate students from over 26 different professional schools for careers in education reform.

Teach Students to Love America

Infusing children with a love of reading is laudable, but a love of country is indispensible.

Great Curriculum Is Important. But It’s Not Enough.

As long as teacher preparation programs, professional development organizations, school systems themselves, and state education agencies do little to help teachers master specific reading, math, and science curricula, we’re likely to see more studies showing minimal effects of curricula.

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