Monthly Archives: January 2014

Registration and Info Now Available! Network for Public Education Conference in Austin, TX March 1 and 2

The Network for Public Education (NPE) 2014 National Conference will bring together some of the most important figures in the education reform debate. Diane Ravitch, Karen Lewis, and John Kuhn will present conference addresses. Learn more about the keynote speakers here. Stay tuned, over the next few days we may release a few more blockbuster names. PANELS Twenty-two panels on topics

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Debate Rages: Response to TFA’s Supposition that New Brief is a “Retreat from Evidence”

The debate rages. Yesterday, the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released Teach For America: A Return to the Evidence. It is the sequel to the 2010 Teach For America: A Review of the Evidence. TFA has responded. Raegen Miller, TFA’s VP of Research Partnerships, has asked us to keep the dialogue going, so I will respond to his comments (See their comments linked and included in

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#140: A Dwarf Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Wikipedia argues that academics are often charged with over-complicating problems and expressing them in obscure language. So which academics have come down from the proverbial “ivory tower” and taken on involvement in the public space in a relevant and meaningful way? The 2014 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence ranking system released by Edweek today seeks to understand which of the 20,000 or

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Teach For America: A Return to the Evidence (The Sequel)

The sequel to the 2010 Teach For America: A Review of the Evidence was released by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) today. The new policy report is entitled Teach For America: A Return to the Evidence. I have included the citation, official NEPC press release, and the Executive Summary in this post. Citation: Vasquez Heilig, J. & Jez, S.J. (2014). Teach For America:

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Tell-All from Oakland TFA Teacher: “I didn’t do my research” “Left by Winter Break”

Here is another tell-all that does not appear in TFA’s glossy brochures or promotion materials. I realize that proponents of TFA will likely argue that these stories from TFA corp members are no different than any other poorly trained first year teacher. But that is the exactly the point isn’t it? Why is TFA perpetuating the revolving door of inexperienced

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The Professors: A Reality Show Concept

The hullabaloo about the Duck Dynasty reality show got me to thinking.  It turns out that the Duck Dynasty controversy may all be just part of the entertainment business— a carefully orchestrated marketing scheme. How about an education reality show that isn’t 100% pretend and follows the “stress, failures, unpredictability, and successes” in the lives of professors? Could it be more interesting

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