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Silicon Valley startup school sees tech as a key to success

What drew me to it is that it is a bold experiment and it becomes clearer every day that if we are going to save public education in the United States, we need to embrace bold experiments.

Teachers: What we need to do to fix schools

Few things in our world are helped by looking through an either/or lens. Reality, in my experience at least, is far too ambiguous to be seen as all one color or another. Unfortunately, many "school reformers"–often with little teacher consultation–come across as having just that sort of view, offering a short, simplistic list of "answers" (merit pay, charter schools, ending tenure, standardized testing) to the challenges facing our schools.

How to spur more technology use in the classroom

Education leaders suggest ways for others to integrate educational technology into the curriculum

Parents Embrace Documentary on Pressures of School – "Race to Nowhere"

With no advertising and little news media attention, "Race to Nowhere" has become a must-see movie in communities where the kindergarten-to-Harvard steeplechase is most competitive.

Cheating Themselves Out of an Education: Assignments that Promote Higher-Order Thinking and Honesty in the Middle Grades

"What happens to students during the middle school years?"

Our Commitment to Learning in the 21st Century – Think Globally Act Locally

We are committed to changing
our programs so that our students can move on from their K-12 education confident that they are
well prepared to prosper in post-secondary education, on the job, and in life.

Report: U.S. parents overconfident about kid’s math

An education study suggests U.S. parents could use some math homework help.

At California School, Parents Force an Overhaul

250 parents in Compton, CA are using a new state law to force the failing school to be taken over by a charter school operator, the first such move in the country.

Michelle Rhee: What I learned about school reform

I know people say I wasn’t good enough at building consensus, but I don’t think consensus can be the goal.

"Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses: Solving the Funding-Achievement Puzzle in America’s Public Schools"

The typical teacher is both hard-working and effective. But if we could replace the bottom 5%-10% of teachers with an average teacher — not a superstar — we could dramatically improve student achievement. The U.S. could move from below average in international comparisons to near the top.

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