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…

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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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