Education|Evolving's Top Documents of 2008

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Vol. 5, No. 2January 27, 2008Jon Schroeder, Editor

Education|Evolving's Top Documents of 2008

E|E works to convince those who make and influence policy that America's success depends on creating radically different and better ways for young people to learn and for teachers to work.

Want to start your year with some fresh thinking about education policy design to increase innovation in these areas? Check out the documents our Web readers found most compelling in 2008:

#1 The Other Half of the Strategy: Following Up on System Reform by Innovating with School and Schooling

Kids learn from what they read, see, hear and do. So success in the effort of improving achievement requires capitalizing now on the system-level changes with a major effort to create new, innovative forms of school and schooling. The strategy beyond NCLB should be such a 'split screen' strategy, transforming K-12 gradually as new models gradually replace the old models of school.

#2 Students influence E|E: Should K-12 policy be redirected toward innovation?

Five recent graduates of district and chartered high schools known for their innovating reviewed "The Other Half" (above), all making the case that students choose to learn when they are motivated well. Their high schools motivated them using unconventional means, contributing to their success in college.

#3 More money or different spending choices: what factors make a difference?

In tough economic times, state policy leaders will need to look beyond the usual techniques of allocation and cutting-back and get down to reexamining the very architecture of public services. Stacy Becker finds: The closer decisions are made to the classroom, the more cost-effective the school becomes.

#4 Is it time to reconsider the notion of 'adolescence'?

Not too long ago, one former state commissioner says, our high schools were filled with children. Today they are filled with young people who are essentially adults--being treated still as children. Is it time now to move young people more into adult roles by age 16. If we did, what would that suggest for K-12?

#5 Creating the Capacity for Change

E|E leader Ted Kolderie's book expands the 'theory of action' for state policy leadership... explains why governors' and legislatures' effort to open a new-schools sector is imperative for public education, to enable it to do the job it has now been given to do.

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