What We’re Watching: Is Career and Technical Education Having an Identity Crisis?

On May 14, 2019, Fordham hosted a discussion on the purpose of career and technical education. Career and technical education is enjoying its moment in the sun, but does it actually deserve the acclaim?

What We’re Watching: Sixty-Five Years after Brown v. Board, Where Does School Integration Stand?

On Thursday, May 2, the Urban Institute hosted a discussion on segregation in U.S. schools since Brown v. Board of Education. Rucker Johnson made a presentation based on his new book, Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.

What We’re Watching: Fostering Student Effort and Virtue

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Fordham and Hoover hosted Rod Paige, who argued that school reforms need to focus on boosting student effort, and Pete Wehner, who made a case for reviving old-fashioned character education.

What We’re Watching: The Triumphs and Struggles of Rural Education in America

The Aspen Institute hosted a book talk and panel discussion on a new book, No Longer Forgotten: The Triumphs and Struggles of Rural Education in America, co-edited by Andy Smarick and Michael McShane. EdNext has just published an article by Smarick and McShane based on the book.

What We’re Watching: Have We Closed Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps?

Has the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students widened, narrowed, or persisted? Evidence from a new study using 50 years of student achievement was analyzed at an event on April 9, 2019.

What We’re Watching: Closing the Dignity Gap and Reviving Civics

On Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4 pm, Hoover and Fordham will host two speakers on education policy and building a better society.

What We’re Watching: Education 20/20 — William Damon & Robert P. George

On March 26, 2019 at 4 pm, Fordham and Hoover will host two speakers on schools, patriotism, and illiberalism.

What We’re Watching: Sen. Lamar Alexander on Reforming the Higher Education Act

On Monday, February 4, the American Enterprise Institute hosted Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for a speech on the committee’s agenda for reforming the Higher Education Act.

What We’re Watching: The New Congress – What’s Next on Crucial Health and Education Issues?

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Politico and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health hosted a forum on key health and education policies that are likely to be enacted by the new Congress.

What We’re Watching: A Federal Right to Education?

On Thursday, January 24 at 5:45 pm, AEI will host a debate on the topic of whether the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong when it decided, in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973), that there is not a federal right to education.

What We’re Watching: Do Field Trips Have Educational Value?

Field trips can get pushed aside when schools decide to focus on math and reading skills in order to boost standardized test scores. Is anything lost as a result? In this 60-second video, Rick Hess takes a look at rigorous research by Jay Greene and colleagues on the benefits of culturally enriching field trips.

What We’re Watching: Education 20/20 Speaker Series with Naomi Schaefer Riley and Jonah Goldberg

On November 28 , Fordham and the Hoover Institution hosted Naomi Schaefer Riley on how K-12 schools can best support America’s neediest kids and Jonah Goldberg on the need to reclaim civic education.

What We’re Watching: What Will the 2018 Midterm Elections Mean for Education?

On November 7, AEI hosted a panel discussion looking at how the results of the election will affect federal and state education policies.

What We’re Watching: AEI Event on Bush-Obama School Reform

On September 26, AEI hosted a panel discussion on Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane’s new edited volume, Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.

What We’re Watching: Can Charter Schools Survive Polarization and Populism?

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Fordham Institute hosted a panel discussion on changing support for charter schools featuring Charles Barone, Carlos Marquez, Nina Rees, and Mike Petrilli.

What We’re Watching: Hearing on The Power of Charter Schools

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on June 13, 2018 on The Power of Charter Schools: Promoting Opportunity for America’s Students. Testifying were Nina Rees, Greg Richmond, Jonathan Clarke, and Marty West.

What We’re Watching: Are State Proficiency Standards Falling?

On Tuesday, May 22, Education Next presented the results of its latest evaluation of the rigor of state proficiency standards at an event hosted by the Hoover Institution.

What We’re Watching: School Funding – Stories from the States

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the Urban Institute will host a panel discussion on how states can make changes to their school funding systems.

What We’re Watching: Learning from the Long-Term Effects of School Choice in America

The Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard hosted a conference last month on the long-term effects of choice.

What We’re Watching: Beyond the Classroom

The Education Without Walls program run by the National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education gives chronically homeless students in North Carolina the chance to learn from outdoor experiences like camping trips.

What We’re Watching: NAEP, A Nation at Risk, and the Future of Education Reform

On April 25, 2018, the Hoover Institution, the Fordham Institute, and Education Next hosted a panel discussion on the progress ed reform has made since the 1980s and what the latest NAEP scores suggest about America’s future.

What We’re Watching: NewSchools Venture Fund Summit 2018

The New Schools Venture Fund (NSVF) live-streamed sessions of its annual summit on Wednesday, February 9, 2018 starting at 11 am Eastern time.

What We’re Watching: Charter Schools – Expanding Opportunity or Reinforcing Divides?

On Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 pm, the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted an Askwith Debate on whether charter schools enahnce or undermine equity.

What We’re Watching: How Far Do Students Travel to Get to School?

Researchers from the Urban Institute have released a study looking at how long it takes students to travel from home to school in five different cities where families have a significant amount of educational choice.

What We’re Watching: No One Way to School – Educational Pluralism and Why it Matters

In this TEDx talk, Ashley Berner makes the case for educational pluralism in the U.S., rather than a school system built around the idea of uniformity.

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