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Posted Apr. 6, 2018

Our Cities Can Help Lift Young People Out of Poverty When They Invest in Their Skills and Education

In recent years, our nation’s cities have attracted young people who are poised to thrive. High achievers—whether they are super-lawyers, political powerhouses or star chefs—flock…

By Unique Morris-Hughes

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Posted Feb. 12, 2018

Calling Out Silence on the D.C. Graduation Scandal

The selective outrage of partisan ideologues in the education space is a well-known phenomenon and nowhere is that more on display than in the muted…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 5, 2018

This Is What It Really Looks Like to Transform a School

After nearly two decades in education, I’m still not certain what the term “reform” actually means. The concept itself is elusive, concurrently everywhere and nowhere.…

By Shaun Johnson

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017

Principals From Charter and District Schools Come Together to Better Serve Students

A recent article in U.S. News and World Report highlighted the importance of charter-district collaboration and encouraged the incoming Trump administration to make it a…

By Christalyn Solomon

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Posted Oct. 24, 2016

I Had to Go All the Way to Ireland to See That We’re Getting Separation of Church and State Right in Our Schools

Sometimes it’s worth looking at our education system through the lens of other nations (I swear I am not going to write about Finland!). We…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Oct. 3, 2016

How Meaningful Teacher Evaluation Systems Help Improve the Teacher Pipeline

Teacher evaluation reform, improving schools’ measurement of who is doing a good job in classrooms and who isn’t, has been nothing if not controversial in…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted June 15, 2016

VIDEO: The Danger of a Single Story and How Common Core Can Help

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s seminal TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story, she argues against using one anecdote to come to any general conclusion…

By Josh Parker

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

Coffee Break: Kaya Henderson on Smashing Disbelief, Lessons for Reform and Beachside Sunsets

Following the departure of Michelle Rhee, Chancellor Kaya Henderson has brought leadership strength and stability to District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). And the bold reforms and academic…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 13, 2016

Coffee Break: DC Public Schools Teacher James Cunningham on Art, Teaching and a Handshake

Great teachers are a work of art—inspiring, uplifting and enriching. James Cunningham is a great teacher who teaches his students about the great works of art.…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Oct. 28, 2015

The New NAEP Results and What They Tell Us

The 2015 NAEP results are finally out and the news isn’t great. Overall scores are flat or down from 2013, marking a break from the…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted June 21, 2018

After 14 Years of Teaching, I’m Packing Up Room 103 for the Last Time

It’s June. The classroom walls are bare. The grit outlined empty spaces left behind by charts, posters, reading lists and student work jut out starkly…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 21, 2018

How New Mexico Is Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Education Reform Movement

While much of the education reform world was convening in Austin for the annual charter schools conference this week, I snuck off to Albuquerque for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 20, 2018

A Thank You to The Parents, Students and Teachers Who Dare to Demand Better From Our Public Schools

As we come to the end of another school year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the teachers and parents who have dared to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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