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While working in government for about 10 years before joining Hope Street Group, I saw examples of great policy ideas that could’ve been helpful in solving some of the big problems facing the country.  Often, however, the good idea or proposal would lack a key element...

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...

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...

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