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He has quite the résumé — just not for the powerful schools job he has won

He’s got quite the résumé.<p>Austin Beutner, the new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been, among other things:<p>— Clinton administration appointee assigned with helping Russia transform from a centralized to free-market economy<br>— Successful investment banker<br>— First deputy …

Education

The Seven Requirements To Launch A Personalized Learning Program

So you’ve decided that you want to get in on the Next Big Thing in education and launch a computer-based personalized learning program. Now you just need to line up the following items.<p>1. A huge library of materials.<p>You need teaching materials to suit every single student who logs on, every day, …

Education Technology

Want Students to Read Deeply? Ask Them These Two Kinds of Questions

Students often summarize or spout cliched morals when asked to analyze literature. But a new study finds two new ways teachers can get them to look …

Teaching

5 C's of Servant Leadership

<b>Servant leaders put others ahead of themselves and are prepared to sacrifice for the greater good. Five characteristics stand out for servant</b> …

Leadership

Teaching matters, but there are more important things to get right - David Didau

As John Tomsett says in his latest blog, “It is generally accepted that the quality of teaching is the most influential factor in determining the …

Pedagogy

British Columbia's Curriculum: A Glimpse of the Future?

I met Rod Allen, a former associate deputy minister in the British Columbia Education Ministry, last year at a meeting of the Global Education …

British Columbia

Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It’s Not Personal?

It makes perfect sense why there is a push for personalized learning in our schools. It is a well-intentioned response to the standardized curriculum …

Education Technology

The Purpose of Education: Workforce Development or Lifelong Learning?

Since its inception during the Carter presidency, various administrations have endeavored to disband the U.S. Department of Education. An …

Education

The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

On New Year’s Eve, back in 2012, Savannah Eason retreated into her bedroom and picked up a pair of scissors.“I was holding them up to my palm as if …

Teaching Your Kids This Skill Will Set Them Up for Success. Most Parents Do the Opposite

It goes against all of our instincts.<p>We've all heard a lot in the past few years about the importance of failure. Take risks, fail fast, learn from the experience, and bring the knowledge you've gained to the next thing you try. We all know this is good advice--except when it comes to our children. …

Parenting

The ‘Show Me’ Grading System of the Future

Changing the way we grade, report and evaluate student learning can oftentimes feel like an uphill battle. But our students deserve better. This post …

Pedagogy

5 Lessons From The Failure Of The Gates Foundation's $575 Million Effective Teacher Initiative

Last week, RAND issued its massive and mostly negative evaluation of the Gates Foundation’s ambitious effort to redesign teacher evaluation, compensation, and employment practices in three school districts and four charter school management organizations. The foundation’s Effective Teacher …

Education

New Research: Despite Great Enthusiasm for Personalized Learning, Teachers Say Attempts to Innovate Are Often Stymied by School District Bureaucracy

When school districts adopt personalized learning, the bulk of the work falls to teachers, who, while excited about the opportunity to innovate, are …

Personalized Learning

Century-Old Decisions That Impact Children Every Day

Alexandra Lange's interest in school design started in her childhood, when she read <i>Little House on the Prairie,</i> with its indelible depiction of Laura's one-room schoolhouse in Wisconsin.<p>Today, she's an architecture and design critic. Her new book, <i>The Design of Childhood,</i> considers the physical …

Education

The School Day: It's Not a Race; Let's Change the Pace!

<b>Does the relentless pace of the school day frustrate you? Do you need to cram more and more into six hours? In his latest book, Time to Teach, Time</b> …

Empower Learners: 10 Lessons On Innovation Leadership

Thirty miles west of downtown Milwaukee, a suburban community is well served by the Kettle Moraine (KM) School District (<b>@</b>kmdistrict). Even a quick encounter with Superintendent Patricia DeKlotz and her capable team will make evident 10 leadership lessons relevant for any organization.<p><b>1. Get clear</b> …

Opinion: Students are pushing themselves to unhealthy limits. Here’s how teachers can help

Once during an exam on the Civil War, one of my 11th graders burst into tears, fearful of what a low grade on the test might do to her future. “I’ll …

How To Reform School: A Radical Reimagines Education

- Advertisement -<p><b>My guest today is Ted Dintersmith, venture capitalist, education philanthropist and author of What School Could Be: Insights and</b> …

Eight Lessons on Social-Emotional Learning From a Superintendent

<i>By Sheldon Berman</i><p>Across a 25-year career, I've served as a superintendent in four varied districts, from small exurban to large urban to suburban. In …

Forget Student Behavior. Let's Talk About Teacher Credibility.

Do we care about our credibility as a teacher as much as we care about their reputation as a student?

Sir Ken Robinson: ‘The education system is a dangerous myth’

I’m often asked the same questions: what’s going wrong in education? Why? If you could reinvent education, what would it look like? Would you have …

4 Reflection Questions for the End of the School Year

Recently, I wrote the post “3 Reminders for the End of the School Year“, and asked for suggestions from readers. Joann Merrick sent me the following …

Betsy DeVos knows little about public education. And she doesn’t want to learn.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited New York City this week. And what did she learn?<p>Nothing about public education, that’s for sure.<p>While in New York, DeVos did not visit a single public school. Not a traditional public school, and not a charter school. DeVos, however, did make time to tour a …

Building a Positive Staff Culture Takes Work

Speaking from personal experience, the more I know and trust my colleagues, the better I work with them. I’m fortunate to have worked in several …

Pedagogy

Are Labels Preventing Students from Succeeding?

Research shows that labels do not always have a positive impact on students. Should schools continue to use labels to help students succeed? Are …

Waltham High School's Cutting Edge Changemaker Academy

Waltham High School is about to change the way we think about learning and high school.<p>WALTHAM, MA — Right now, while the city is working to figure …

How Unequal School Funding Punishes Poor Kids

Michelle ChenOur system for funding education is broken, and it’s hurting society’s most vulnerable.The post How Unequal School Funding Punishes Poor …

How to Plan and Implement Continuous Improvement In Schools

In the classroom, good teachers constantly test small changes to class activities, routines, and workflow. They observe how students interact with …

The Way We Learn Is About to Change Completely

Big changes are on the horizon.<p><i>What will education and learning look like ten years from now? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Mike Silagadze, Co-Founder and CEO at Top Hat, on Quora:</b><p>…

Education Technology