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Equal Scrutiny in Contracts for Digital Education Public school districts are under more pressure than ever to buy digital services and products. . . But there is an important backstory to the digital surge that deserves equal and careful scrutiny. Digital education is nested in a broader trend where public schools and governance structures have come under increasing pressure to contract out core functions of teaching, learning, and assessment, mirroring a rise of privatizing initiatives in other aspects of social policy.
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Eliminating Teacher Tenure Versus Improving Teacher Hiring: Why Improving Teacher Hiring Is a Better Bet The recent Vergara v. California case has brought the issue of “grossly ineffective” teachers into the national spotlight. While there certainly are valid points on both sides of this case, the court case does illustrate a fundamental point . . . Namely, the notion that better teachers get better outcomes for students and so improving teacher quality is one critical way to improve schools.
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Leaders Should Be Learners, Not Experts “Needs improvement” is a warning sign signaling that desperate measures may be needed to achieve proficiency. This is the world in which contemporary school reform is taking place.
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Pedagogy Beyond the White Gaze During a long conversation last winter, Django Paris and H. Samy Alim looked to nuance and extend the emerging concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP).
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A Different Olympic Quest The Sochi Olympics brought us transcendent moments of speed, grace, and power--and the opportunity to wonder: how did they get so good?
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The Role of Resource Reform in Improvement and Innovation Part of why classrooms look the same as they did more than fifty years ago is the tendency to cling to traditional instructional delivery methods and arrangements.
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Remembering Mandela in a New Demographic Era The death of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, reignited the personal relationship Stella M. Flores has had with South Africa for decades.
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Can We Foster School Integration in Our Changing Suburban Communities? America's suburbs are in the middle of a profound racial/ethnic and socioeconomic transformation.
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The Limits and Dangers of McIntosh’s Ideas About White Privilege Recently, a new member, Sam Tanner, joined our collective. Sam is a high school drama teacher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota.
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Your Ideas, Your Thoughts, Your Goals, Your Dreams…Your Voice Even with my busy schedule and never-ending to-do list, I always take the time to browse my binder stuffed with hand-written letters, stories, and poems from the incarcerated young people I work with.
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