Teaching virtue in the digital age

Writing for the Fordham Foundation, Jennifer Frey recently argued the case for teaching cyber-wisdom and reviewed a new curriculum that seeks to do just that. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Practical wisdom generally is the habit of mind that allows one to make good practical judgments in the circumstances of her everyday life. Cyber-wisdom Read more about Teaching virtue in the digital age[…]

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Unfinished Agenda: The Future of Standards-Based School Reform

Future Ed recently published a piece in which Michael Cohen and Laura Slover review the history of standards-based school reform and propose next steps for the future.  The long campaign to raise standards in the nation’s public schools, for decades the cornerstone of efforts to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes of traditionally underserved students, Read more about Unfinished Agenda: The Future of Standards-Based School Reform[…]

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Continuously Improving Tiered Systems of Supports

While schools generally use a Tiered System of Supports to meet the diverse needs of students, this process is often used reactively and transactionally, rather than proactively. Engaging in ongoing refinement of their Tiered System of Supports can assist schools in providing effective and high-leverage schoolwide universal and personalized supports to all students. A new Read more about Continuously Improving Tiered Systems of Supports[…]

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Restoring Pandemic Losses will Require Major Changes in Schools and Classrooms, Superintendents Say

Though kids are learning this year, many have fallen even further behind grade level. A new report from Brookings, written by Paul Hill and Kate Destler, draws from a national survey of school districts and in-depth interviews with six school districts. Highlights from the piece appear below:  Many school and district leaders had hoped to Read more about Restoring Pandemic Losses will Require Major Changes in Schools and Classrooms, Superintendents Say[…]

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Trends Shaping Education 2022

Reflecting on the future of education does not mean simply pushing problems into the future. Rather, responsible policy-making pulls future developments into the present to learn and prepare. A new book from OECD is meant to challenge, to inspire, and, most of all, to encourage readers to ask themselves: “What do global trends mean for Read more about Trends Shaping Education 2022[…]

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May 2022 Issue Brief: Effective School Leaders

School administrators serve as instructional leaders and set the tone for the culture of a school, play an important role in hiring and retaining teachers, and impact student outcomes from attendance to achievement. The principal’s influence is pivotal. In this month’s issue brief, Core Education explores effective school leadership and recommendations for policy to improve Read more about May 2022 Issue Brief: Effective School Leaders[…]

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Weaving a Stronger Society: Starting in our Schools

A new multimedia effort, “Weaving a Stronger Society — Starting in our Schools” is the product of a partnership between The 74 and The Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 2018, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Aspen started Weave: The Social Fabric Project, seeking to mend the broken social Read more about Weaving a Stronger Society: Starting in our Schools[…]

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The forgotten 20 percent: Achievement and growth in rural schools across the nation

NWEA recently released new research using data from over 2,300 rural schools across the US providing unique insight into math and reading achievement of students in rural schools. Key findings and recommendations from the report appear below:  KEY FINDINGS  • Kindergarten math and reading achievement is slightly higher in rural than non-rural schools, but by Read more about The forgotten 20 percent: Achievement and growth in rural schools across the nation[…]

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Creating Safe, Equitable, and Engaging Schools

Four years ago, Mary Catryn D. Ricker of the Shanker Institute and David Osher of AIR collaborated on the introduction to a book, Creating Safe, Equitable, Engaging Schools. Their introduction shared six practical, science-based principles that not only ground the book, but also speak to the current crises in education. These six principles are integral Read more about Creating Safe, Equitable, and Engaging Schools[…]

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Future Scenarios for Schooling

Just what the future of education looks like is opaque. But thanks to insights from Tracey Burns, an international education researcher, and others, some possible options for how school could change exist. Burns co-authored the recent Back to the Future of Education: Four OECD Scenarios for Schooling report, which looks at themes inside the education Read more about Future Scenarios for Schooling[…]

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Agency by Design: Making Learning Engaging

The global COVID-19 pandemic pulled back the curtain on the growing need for greater student agency and student engagement. As we rethink the future of education in a post-pandemic world, learner agency must be at the center of learning designs and learning models so that we can support students anytime, anyplace, and at any pace. Read more about Agency by Design: Making Learning Engaging[…]

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The Time Has Come for Truly Personalized Learning — With a Navigator to Make Sure Each Child Succeeds

Writing for The 74, Paul Reville and Geoffrey Canada recently made the case that it is time for truly personalized learning for students. Excerpts of the piece appear below:  We believe the time has come for every child to have a success plan and a navigator, a caring adult to act as their advocate for Read more about The Time Has Come for Truly Personalized Learning — With a Navigator to Make Sure Each Child Succeeds[…]

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Continuous Improvement in Education Settings: A Literature Review

Over the last decade, educators have become increasingly interested in continuous improvement (CI) as a strategy for reform. CI requires practitioners to engage in iterative cycles of inquiry by defining local problems of practice, testing potential interventions, studying the results, and improving upon those interventions. This method of improvement stands in contrast to approaches focused Read more about Continuous Improvement in Education Settings: A Literature Review[…]

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How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research

Over the past two decades, the policy landscape and the research landscape of school leadership have experienced major shifts. High-stakes accountability, multiple-measure teacher evaluation systems, heightened policy attention to educational equity, and other changes have altered expectations for what leaders need to know, how they spend their time, and the outcomes—both what and for whom—they Read more about How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research[…]

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Forging Youth-Centered Futures: Bringing Youth Visions to Life

How might kids remake learning for a post-pandemic future? What advice might they have for adults? What approaches and strategies might they want us to use as we build futures focused on them? We won’t know if we don’t include youth and their perspectives in our conversations and strategic planning for teaching and learning. If Read more about Forging Youth-Centered Futures: Bringing Youth Visions to Life[…]

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The Future of Testing in Education

In a new series, the Center for American Progress examines how assessments in public schools can become effective instruments that help to measure whether schools and educators are meeting the goals of education. It considers how assessments are designed and how their results are used and understood, and emphasizes that when done purposefully, these tests Read more about The Future of Testing in Education[…]

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