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A school administrator shares how he handles the stresses of a job that, by its nature, often holds him responsible for things he cannot change.  By Maury Grebenau I’m the principal of a high school but second in command. Although we school administrators share many challenges as we practice our sacred craft, there are specific [...]

Time for teacher learning, planning critical for school reform

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Students aren’t the only ones who need more time to learn; teachers also need more and better time for learning and for planning. By Eileen G. Merritt Teachers accomplish so many important things with such little time. They teach several subjects or courses each day, review student work, plan differentiated lessons to meet the needs [...]

Burnout factories:  The challenge of retaining great teachers in charter schools

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In its well-intentioned effort to create alternatives to public school dropout factories, the charter school sector has created teacher burnout factories. But, says the author, it doesn’t have to be this way. By Mark Fusco A few years ago, the term “dropout factory” was everywhere: lamented by the leaders of the so-called school reform movement, [...]

Madam Secretary, help us improve social-emotional learning

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Schools need to begin to systematically include social-emotional learning for all students. Washington can play a leading role in this. By Maurice J. Elias, Samuel J. Nayman, Joan C. Duffell, and Sarah A. Kim Somewhere on the warm, sunny, and well-manicured campus of Stanford University, a group of children were given a choice. They could [...]

Education laid waste

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Now is the time to stand up for public education and reject President Trump’s disastrous “school choice” agenda. By David C. Bloomfield President’s Trump’s devastating education policies are another step closer to reality. The administration’s recent budget announcement follows his appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and White House Education Adviser Rob Goad to lead [...]

Microcredentials show what you know

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Giving beginning teachers — as early as high school students exploring teaching — opportunities to demonstrate what they know is one strategy for enhancing the profession. By Dan Brown and Dwight E. Rhodes Over the past decade, the concept of personalized student learning has taken center stage in discussions about educational improvement. Now it’s time [...]

Orchestrating a new approach to learning

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Over the past several years, the Phoenix Symphony has built a thriving arts integration program in partnership with its local school district. By Michael Kaplan  For decades, the Phoenix Symphony has played an important role in making Arizona one of the nation’s best places to work and live. Not only does it bring world-class performances [...]

Prepare students to be citizens

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Closing the civic empowerment gap requires schools to take a new approach to civic learning that is more oriented toward action. By Meira Levinson Even during election season, we can be sure that most American students won’t spend significant time in school studying the issues, learning about the candidates, and developing expertise in the political [...]

Improve governance for charters

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Policymakers should revisit their initial thinking about charter schools so they can evaluate and improve their governance. By Chester E. Finn, Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright The United States has just 25 years of experience with charter schools. But in that short time, some 6,800 of these independently operated public schools have [...]

Supreme Court guards education for undocumented immigrants

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Denying children an education because of the actions of their parents is not legal.  By JULIE UNDERWOOD The right to a public education for those who are not U.S. citizens, legal residents, or living with their parents is not a clear and stable issue. Children who enter the U.S. illegally with or without their parents [...]

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