Ann Whalen

Posted July 10, 2015

Ms. Whalen Goes to Washington: Salute to a Dedicated Colleague

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced that former DOE staff member Ann Whalen is returning to Washington, D.C., as a Senior Advisor…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 7, 2015

Okay, John Oliver, Let’s Put the Test to the Test

There has been a groundswell of responses to John Oliver’s latest segment on standardized testing. From feelings of heartbreak to feelings of vindication, Oliver’s segment…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted May 4, 2015

When State Takeovers Help Schools: Learning From Lawrence, Massachusetts

For almost 15 years I have worked to ensure that all students—regardless of income, race or geography—have an opportunity to attend great schools. Schools that…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Mar. 27, 2015

Who Is Investing in Our Future?

Candidates and pundits talk nonstop about our national priorities and what it takes to be globally competitive. I see it in their (and their PACs’)…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Mar. 9, 2015

Opting Out of Opting Out

In recent weeks we have seen increased efforts on the part of some to encourage parents to opt their children out of upcoming standardized tests,…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Feb. 26, 2015

4 Reasons Local Assessments Shouldn’t Pass the ESEA Test

Most people who care about the debate over the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act know that testing is a hot topic. But…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Feb. 4, 2015

A Magic Show on the Hill: Sleight of Hand With Federal Education Dollars

Skilled magicians understand that the way to make something disappear is to distract the audience’s attention with a dazzling display in one hand, while the…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

Are State Charter School Laws Living Up to the Promise of Quality Choice?

Groups, districts, states and even members of Congress are taking time this week to acknowledge National School Choice Week. While it’s important to shine a…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Jan. 28, 2015

Telling Congress to Support Teachers and School Leaders

The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP Committee) has been moving forward quickly in its rewriting of the Elementary and…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Jan. 28, 2015

If It Works, Keep Funding It

Earlier this week NPR highlighted the fact that black and Latino Students in Dallas high schools pass the Advanced Placement exams at the highest rate…

By Ann Whalen

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Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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