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Teaching Citizenship in a Divided America

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  The past several decades have marked an era of “college and career” in America’s schools. The two C’s echo in school hallways, driven by a political priority on economic competitiveness. But since the tectonic presidential election, as we’ve seen the ascendancy of attacks on our institutions and been stunned by the march of hate … Read more »

California Jolt: State Upends How It Funds and Runs Education

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  It’s hard to find stories of “upheaval” in the way states structure the machinery of public schooling. Wrangling interests tend to allow only a little tinkering under the hood. But California right now is rewriting that script. And the sweeping changes occurring in the state’s education system are so politically stunning that those inured … Read more »

Helping Principals Beat the Clock

Let’s talk about time. Under new state and federal policies, most high-need schools we work with at the Community Training and Assistance Center are implementing more rigorous approaches to teacher support and evaluation. School districts are equipping principals with specialized training to conduct classroom observations based on evidence, not gut feelings, using standards-based rubrics, not … Read more »

The Elephant in the School Failure Debate

  With income inequality now headlining the stump speeches of presidential hopefuls, it’s time for those concerned with education reform to connect the dots. By that I don’t mean we need to recognize that education is key to kids’ future economic opportunity. That’s widely acknowledged, with much hand wringing over the seemingly intractable problem of … Read more »