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The Differences Between Us: French and American Classrooms "In one scene from the new French film, The Class, about an inner-city school outside Paris, the teacher has students conjugating verbs on the blackboard. After one student's mistakes generate jeers and catcalls, the teacher challenges the rest of the class to do better. When they too fail, he in turn ridicules them."
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Charters, Tests, and the Tiresome Achievement Debate "The recently released RAND study, Charter Schools in Eight States, offers a strong contribution to the never-ending, sometimes tiresome debate about whether students in charter schools do better or worse academically than comparable students in traditional schools."
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Blending High School and College "I was delighted to see the recent New York Times article, A New High School, With College Mixed In (3/18/09) in which Javier Hernandez described the City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology as a school where 'graduating students would receive both a high school diploma and an associates degree within 5 years of beginning 9th grade.'"
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Motivating Achievement in Algebra Educators in four school districts are piloting a program to improve ninth graders performance in algebra, based on Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck's research on motivation and University of Texas mathematician Uri Treisman's work with peer groups.
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No Principal Left Behind "The failure of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation and the inability of schools to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements have prompted an avalanche of public commentary, but a significant population has escaped attention: principals have been ignored. Principals have not been adequately screened, prepared, coached or supported to lead schools which can continually achieve higher levels of student academic performance, the essential requirement for AYP."
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Pushing the Envelope on Teacher Pay "President Obama is bringing change to Washington, D.C. Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, support the idea of merit pay for teachers and have cited Denver's ProComp (Professional Compensation Plan) as a good example of working with the teachers unions, not imposing plans upon them. So, what lies ahead for innovative teacher compensation plans?"
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Reinventing Public Education? Surprise! It’s Happening Already Let's start with a quiz. True or False: 1. Big city school systems are incapable of change. 2. The only way to move them is to vest power in a mayor or outsider superintendent.
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Transforming Schools with Technology "I wrote 'Transforming Schools with Technology' because I felt there were too many skeptics and too many zealots writing about technology in schools. It was time for a new book that would be realistic and optimistic without being utopian."
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Adolescence, Achievement, and Change in the Age of Obama "In his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Barack Obama decried 'the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white.'"
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The Need for Socioeconomic Balance in PreK Classrooms "Barack Obama spoke of his support for investing in early childhood education during the last presidential debate, at a campaign moment when he was being very cautious: a clear sign that public opinion about early childhood education's value is solidified."
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