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Mentoring and coaching teachers in India

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By Samina Hadi-Tabassum Earlier this summer my graduate students and I mentored and coached first-year teachers in India. All of my students finished their first year of teaching through an urban alternative certification program at my university and traveled with me to India as a part of their culminating coursework. Since English is the lingua [...]

How to be an effective agent of change at your child’s school

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By Sarah Stitzlein Being engaged in education change is inherently a political process involving a struggle over the distribution of resources and power, which are at the heart of school improvement. Good parent political dissent requires skills and dispositions to disagree with a typical way of doing things in schools. These parents first look carefully [...]

The California Exeptionalism: Building trust and capacity by decentralizing decisions and politics

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Part II of a series that examines California's differing approach to school reform. See the prior post — California exceptionalism: How a deep blue state took on a democratic administration and forged a new way forward in education reform — for the author's complete view.   By Charles Taylor Kerchner The philosophy of California’s deliberately different approach [...]

The California exceptionalism: How a deep blue state took on a Democratic administration and forged a new way forward in education reform

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By Charles Taylor Kerchner California refused to enlist in the teacher wars, and it’s betting on a peace dividend. Rather than leading its education reforms with tests, punishments, and markets, it has concentrated on capacity building, expanding grassroots democracy, and rebuilding trust. Rather than demonizing teachers unions, it is counting on them to be political [...]

The Historic Class of 2015

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By Jeffrey Menzer In June 2005, when I became the principal of the largest high school in Delaware, the low graduation and high dropout rates exasperated policymakers and community leaders. In the bleak statistics was a number begging further examination. A number that went unnoticed and unpublicized. A number that pinpointed the students my high [...]

Feeding kids and expanding opportunity

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By Anindya Kundu It seems like Baltimore realizes that factors outside of classroom walls can affect the learning of children. This month Baltimore, Md. became among the first districts in the country to adopt a universal free meals program, offering all students breakfast and lunch everyday. While the rest of the country continues to talk [...]

Teachers and unions in transformation

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It’s time for the two major teachers unions to return to their roots as professional associations.   By Arthur E. Wise and Michael D. Usdan Changes in teachers’ roles and in teachers’ work necessarily affect their organizations, notably the NEA and the AFT. For its first 100 years, the NEA, founded as a professional association, supported [...]

Asian Americans in education

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By Francisco Ramos, Andrés Castro Samayoa, Alice Ginsberg, and Marybeth Gasman In 2010 Asian immigrants surpassed Latinos as the largest group of newly arrived migrants to the United States Recently arrived Asian immigrants are, on average, more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place [...]

Hispanic Serving Institutions develop educators

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By Francisco Ramos, Andrés Castro Samayoa, Alice Ginsberg, and Marybeth Gasman According to the U.S. Census, the United States will be a “minority-majority” country in 2050. As the ethnic and racial composition of students in U.S. higher education continues to diversify, it is critical that we take a moment to pause and reflect on the [...]

Conversations on the Common Core

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Tonight, my husband remarked on something he read on a Facebook post about the Common Core when my daughter was explaining her math homework. She blurted out, “It isn’t Common Core. It is practice!” “How apropos,” I said to myself. This perspective is exactly what I needed to support my theory that the undercurrent and [...]

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