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Posted Oct. 16, 2018

If We Want to Make a Difference at the Polls, Students Need Civics Education

Let’s talk about the state of civics education in America, a topic that has received renewed focus since the 2016 presidential election. One question that…

By Phillip Burgoyne-Allen

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Posted Feb. 26, 2018

What We Really Need to Know to Make Sure Pre-K Teachers Get the Skills They Need

Debate rages on about whether or not pre-K teachers need a bachelor’s degree. Proponents argue that degrees will lead to greater respect and compensation for…

By Marnie Kaplan

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

State ESSA Plans Are Weak Tea, But Here Are 3 Things We Can Do Right Now

When federal policymakers passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) two years ago, they hoped that states would be innovative in solving local needs and…

By Max Marchitello, Kaitlin Pennington

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Posted June 27, 2017

Will States Hold Their Schools Accountable Under ESSA? A New Report Sheds Some Light

The ever-reliable edu-wonks over at Bellwether Education Partners, along with the trusted folks at Collaborative for Student Success (CSS), have put together a comprehensive review…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Oct. 2, 2015

Smarick’s Questions Are Fair But We Still Know That Most Teachers Are Not Improving Substantially Over Time

Dan Weisberg of The New Teacher Project responds to Andy Smarick's critique of their recent report on teacher improvement, The Mirage. He takes issue with Andy's interpretation of what the report actually says and seems to wonder if schools don't even know if their Professional Development is helping teachers to improve, how can Smarick possibly know? It's clear that Weisberg respects Smarick very much which makes the back and forth between them…

By Education Post

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Posted July 7, 2015

The Rise and Fall of the Suburban School

FOX’s first G.O.P. debate is a month from now and Republican presidential candidates, with the exception of Jeb Bush, can’t disavow college- and career-ready standards…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 24, 2015

Is Pearson’s Scanning of Students’ Social Media Spying or Smart Security?

This month the Washington Post reported that testing giant Pearson has been monitoring students’ social media accounts, looking for evidence of test security violations on…

By Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

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Posted Jan. 8, 2015

In Defense of Standardized Testing

Anne Hyslop is a senior policy analyst at Bellwether Education Partners, where she specializes in educational accountability and improvement, No Child Left Behind waivers and…

By Anne Hyslop

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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