Education

Teachers: What can we learn from an evaluation? It has been truly exciting this year to be able to spend some time taking a hard look at the topic of teacher evaluation with Hope Street Group. I have learned a lot, participated in innumerable conversations, read...

Dru Davison and I were invited to represent Hope Street Group to interview Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan about teacher evaluation. What an honor it was! It was a whirlwind tour and in a matter of hours, we had met with Secretary Duncan, his chief of...

The most powerful words from the State of the Union? “Teachers Matter” and “teach with creativity and passion.” The creativity and passion in teaching has been leached out over the years by increasing emphasis on high-stakes testing. Everything seems to hinge on a single assessment....

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers,” he takes a close look at the many details behind successful people. In looking at highly successful people he defines as “outliers,” Gladwell cleverly reverse engineers three secret ingredients necessary to becoming a highly successful person on top of just...

How does budget transparency, or the lack thereof, impact school and classroom level programming for students? Across states in our nation, property owners pay taxes to provide the youth in their community with an education. While there are many current debates about how much those taxes...

Is Alternative Certification Enough? A generation ago, teachers became teachers by the same path that nurses became nurses - they attended colleges, majored in their subject area, received teacher training, and entered the classroom. Within the past 15 years or so, this landscape changed, largely with the...

To prepare effective teachers for 21st century classrooms, teacher education must shift away from a norm which emphasizes academic preparation and course work loosely linked to school-based experiences. Rather, it must move to programs that are fully grounded in clinical practice and interwoven with academic...

What a wonderful experience to attend the 2nd Education Nation produced by NBC News in New York. I am very grateful to the Hope Street Group for obtaining invitations for several of the Hope Street Teacher Fellows to attend the event. NBC did an outstanding...