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January 17, 2011

The New York Times recently described the many schools now starting to run pilot projects with iPads. Will they stick? Won’t these go the same way as laptops?

‘School leaders say the iPad is not just a cool new toy but rather a powerful and versatile tool with a multitude of applications,’ the article says, citing the speed of development of user-created applications.

‘I think this could very well be the biggest thing to hit school technology since the overhead projector,’ a principal is...

January 12, 2011

In this op ed in the Montgomery Advertiser Gerald Shirley, Principal at School of Discovery in Selma, Alabama, describes the benefits of schools where teachers are involved in making management decisions.

“Society expects teachers to meet high standards,” she observes, but “teachers have voiced concerns. They want to be held accountable,” but want to be valued participants in the decision-making processes.

“The teacher-led school minimizes teachers' complaints...

January 7, 2011

TAGOS is a small project based charter school in Janesville Wisconsin with 80 students in grades 7-12.

In this guest post Jon Woloshin, an advisor at TAGOS, describes how a group of teachers empowered to run the school built an assessment rubric that assists them as advisors to know when to add responsibility to the students’ work load.

One day during a summer 2008 Project Based Learning conference at Minnesota New Country School, TAGOS staff were given an article, “Using a Discipline System to...

January 3, 2011

In July we posted an interview with two members from the School of One math program in New York.

Since that time the school has been gaining more and more attention, with more and more awards. It is a fascinating model.

Here’s an interesting video:

Robin Hood Hero | School of One from...

December 29, 2010

This article in the New York Times describes how football fields in Los Angeles may now be sponsored by Nike.

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.

As they discussed the proposal at Tuesday night’s meeting, several board members expressed distaste with the idea of opening up schools to business, but...

December 27, 2010

Last week at age 18 Danielle McBurnett become the youngest nurse practitioner in the country at age 18.

She started taking college classes at age 12, and graduated high school at 15 before enrolling in the nursing program at Arizona State University.

Arizona Central reports that...

December 22, 2010

In this blog post for the Citizens League policy organization Education|Evolving associate Kim Farris-Berg questions a recent study that technology leads to distraction, and thus away from learning.

Ultimately, she...

December 20, 2010

Waiting for Superman has really drawn attention to the hunger that families have for good schools. 700+ applications for 40 spots at a school in Harlem; scenes of mothers riding public transit for hours in search of good schools.

In this scene from the movie Bill Gates talks about the importance of education to the country’s future. “People get panicked about the economic success of this country,” he says, and “there is one thing that will determine that.”

“We cannot sustain an economy based on innovation unless...

December 17, 2010

Recently we commented on an interesting study by Charles Kerchner and Laura Mulfinger that provided keen insights into teacher-run schools.

In another post we highlighted an excerpt that showed how students at one school, operating as a student congress, decided that instead of banning cell phones in the school, they would allow phones but...

December 15, 2010

EdWeek ran this interesting article on a study put out yesterday by Fordham and Basis Policy Research.

The researchers examined over 2,000 chronically low-performing elementary and middle schools, and found that it is difficult to close them. Despite...

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