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.

What We’re Watching: Is Education Worth It?

On February 15, AEI hosted a debate over the value of education. Bryan Caplan, author of The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money, took on Eric Hanushek.

What We’re Watching: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act – Access and Innovation

At a Senate HELP committee hearing on innovation and improving access to higher ed, Mike Larsson testified about Match Beyond, a program which helps students from low-income households earn college degrees at affordable prices.

What We’re Watching: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act – Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency

At a hearing on student debt held last week by the Senate HELP Committee, Matt Chingos suggested some changes to the way student loans work.

What We’re Watching: School Discipline Reform – Hard Lessons from the Front Lines

On January 25 at 4 pm, the Fordham Institute will host a debate on school discipline reform. The focus will be on the impact of policies aimed at reducing suspensions.

What We’re Watching: Bush-Obama School Reform — Lessons Learned

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, AEI hosted a conference on the past two decades of school reform. Panels discussed what we have learned about accountability, policy instruments, and Washington’s role.

What We’re Watching: How Did Massachusetts Pull Off Its Educational Miracle?

On December 7, 2017, Fordham hosted a discussion with David Driscoll, the man behind many of the reforms that led to the Massachusetts Miracle, and the author of a new book, Commitment and Common Sense: Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts.

What We’re Watching: Rural Education in America – Challenges and Promise

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, starting at 9 am, AEI hosts a day-long research conference on rural education.

What We’re Watching: A Little Help Goes a Long Way in Doubling the Community College Grad Rates

Soledad O’Brien reports on the ASAP program, an innovative program of wrap-around support services launched at CUNY.

What We’re Watching: Examining the State Role in Financing Public Schools

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Urban Institute hosted a panel discussion on school finance policies and inequality.

What We’re Watching: Better Buses — Three Ways to Improve School Transportation

Bellwether Education Partners believes we need to think differently about school transportation. In this 3-minute video they explain what needs to change.

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