Michelle Rhee | February 2, 2015
What Inspires Me to Help Make Change
I will never forget pulling up in front of Harlem Park Elementary School on my first day of teaching. The school was in the middle of a downtrodden, dangerous neighborhood and it was intimidating—bars on dingy windows, trash blowing up against chain-link fences. I was twenty-two years old, fresh out of college, and terrified.
Chad Aldeman and Anne Hyslop | January 16, 2015
Grade-Span Accountability is a Bad Idea: Just Ask CAP and the AFT
Yesterday we released a short piece outlining the current education debate in Congress and how it might impact your child’s school. In an effort to keep you informed, today we want share a smart and informative piece from Chad Aldeman and Anne Hyslop over at Bellwether Education Partners that dives deeper into the testing conversation at the center of the debate in Congress.
Tracey Weinstein | January 15, 2015
Why Congress is Talking About Education and How it Affects Your Child’s School
You may have heard that education is a hot topic in Congress right now. That's because Congress is finally trying to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Caitlin Halla | December 2, 2014
Professional Development as a Tool for Success in Title I Schools
As a second-year teacher, working at a low-income school can be daunting. With a student population comprised of 81% low-income families qualifying for free and reduced lunch, parent financial support is hard to come by, student advocacy rates are low, and donations are scarce.
Francisco Castillo | November 7, 2014
Amid all the election post-mortems and mop-ups, one fact is clear –students across the country won big on Tuesday.
Tiphani Davis | October 30, 2014
LIFO, a teacher's perspective
I had assumed a letter addressed to me from the superintendent was to congratulate me for my students’ test scores or perhaps another request to train others on cross curriculum lesson planning. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to open the letter and learn that I would no longer be a teacher.
Sean Gill | October 13, 2014
Shining A New Light on Financial Data
It’s election season, and television brings a seemingly inexhaustible supply of campaign ads. Yet, if there is one issue on which it seems every candidate agrees, it is that government must be made more efficient.
Tracey Weinstein and Sean Gill | October 2, 2014
How Do We Measure the “Health” of the Charter School Movement?
A grassroots movement to reform America's public education and keep our best teachers in the classroom.
Aaron Guerrero | October 1, 2014
A Teacher That Changed The Equation
With the school year just under way, students across the country will face a new set of academic challenges. Unfortunately, some of these challenges may be linked to a history of frustration in one subject.
Morgan Sanders | September 25, 2014
Rethinking How We Support Teachers
Many critics of the Vergara ruling argue that we should support teachers instead of take away their job protections.