Blog posts from 2010

December 29, 2010

Facing another potential round of huge budget cuts, the Los Angeles school board unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday night to allow the district to seek corporate sponsorships as a way to get money to the schools.

December 27, 2010

Last week at age 18 Danielle McBurnett become the youngest nurse practitioner in the country. She started taking college classes at age 12, before finishing high school. In Minnesota, the first state to institute post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO), over 120,000 high school students have chosen to enter college early since 1984.

December 22, 2010

Teens choose whether or not they will engage with school, or with studying. If they are distracted by technology, what is the cause? Perhaps a school environment that is more engaging—that gives students higher levels of responsibility—could be a constructive step forward.

December 20, 2010

Waiting for Superman has really drawn attention to the hunger that families have for good schools. Bill Gates (and others) talk in the documentary about the DC education system as something that does things, rather than a collection of people doing things. But if the goal is to have more good schools like those that parents in the movie want to go to, how will this be done?

December 17, 2010

A recent study of teacher-run schools describes those in Milwaukee—that are part of the Milwaukee Public Schools district, and where teachers belong to the local union.

December 15, 2010

A new study finds that very few low-performing schools end up being shut down. There may be a different, more effective approach to closing chronically under performing schools: providing alternatives.

December 13, 2010

As one middle school moves from grading for compliance with processes to grading for mastery over content, it raises a question about how to expand what counts as achievement, and how it is measured so that mastery can be best captured.

December 10, 2010

Felsted School, an independent day and boarding school in Essex, England, embarks of a two-year trial to integrate Apple technologies into the learning process. Concerned that technology is “often thought of as a panacea to what is essentially a teaching and learning problem,” in this guest post the assistant headmaster describes their process to begin thinking about ways technology could aid effective practice.

December 8, 2010

With the release of PISA scores yesterday, anxiety rose in face of middling US results, and strong Chinese performance—particularly Shanghai. We might consider that the best response to challenges from global powers is to continue evolving public education toward the type of system that has made the U.S. strong in other aspects of its economic life.

December 6, 2010

The development and interest in iPads is another demonstration of how advanced electronics have become, and are working their way into the lives of so many people today. But we also need to re-imagine what is possible with schooling. Is the job of teacher about compliance, or rethinking learning? Is the task of running a school about compliance, or about rethinking operations to work best?