Education

Introduction Sequestration is an across the board cut to federal discretionary spending set to occur on January 2, 2013. It could negatively affect every major federal discretionary spending program and fundamentally change the way that schools operate. Admittedly, budget cuts are a dry topic. However, budgets also...

In most states across the country, work is underway to incorporate student growth measures into a teacher’s evaluation. In concept, it’s hard to argue that this shouldn’t happen. In application, it’s understandably complicated and, many times, controversial. To bring a different light to this work,...

“The law of unintended consequences has come to be used as an adage or idiomatic warning that an intervention in a complex system tends to create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes.” My Great Grandpa was the principal of Holmes High School in Covington Kentucky in the 1930’s. He...

I learned a new application for an old word in a recent article in Education Week (Vol. 31, No. 27). The word is “churn”. While the traditional definition is “to stir or agitate violently”, in this article, it refers to the practice of moving teachers...

I am completely stymied over the current trend to publish the evaluation scores of teachers in the press. The Los Angeles Unified School District started releasing teacher scores in 2010 with the Los Angeles Times doing their own internal “value-added” statistical analysis which was somewhat different...

“Employers are increasingly saying that they don’t just need people with basic job skills, but people who are creative (and) who can generate new ideas and new ways of solving problems,” ~Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg – Massachusetts We want all students to be college and career ready...

Innovation, autonomy, and flexibility are just some of the buzz words resonating through our nation’s education reform efforts to provide more local control to schools and teachers. Because the contexts of school communities and students’ lives matter, it is critical to offer avenues through which teachers and school...