Monthly Archives: January 2018

Mismatched Assumptions: Motivation, Grit, and High-Stakes Testing

Since the onset of No Child Left Behind over a decade ago, a lynchpin of accountability formulas for U.S. schools has included some form of a state-mandated exam. Accountability policies have utilized standardized tests as the basis of decisions that determine progression through grade levels, access to higher education, progress in achievement, and resource allocation to schools (Darling-Hammond, 2003). Considering

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Win $1,000: Film Champions of Change

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program at California State University Sacramento produces transformative educational leaders for schools, colleges, and other settings. Our alumni have become Champions of Change around the world! We need your talents as a filmmaker to publicize how their doctorate has empowered them to create that change. Each contestant will be asked to create a video that highlights one

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What Will 2018 Bring for Public Education?

Yes, 2017 was a rough year for public school supporters, with the ascension of President Donald Trump and his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, the continued underfunding and undermining of local public schools, and the increased attacks on teacher professionalism and students’ civil rights. But there’s hope for 2018. The public has grown far more skeptical toward the movement to

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Honored to represent CSU

This piece was released by California State University Sacramento public affairs: A Sacramento State professor has been named among the nation’s most influential on issues of education policy. Julian Vasquez Heilig, professor and director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program, has been named to the 2018 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, compiled annually by American Enterprise Institute Director of Education Policy Frederick M.

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Charters want less accountability for your $ (because of course they do)

The California Charter School Association has been carrying a bill – SB 806 (Glazer) – to loosen regulations on conflict of interest at charter schools. Pretty obscene in the midst of conflict of interest stories like this and this, two stories that came out since this bill was rejected by the Legislature last year. The author is determined to stop charter schools from

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