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Scoring the New Every Student Succeeds Act

November 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

It's crunch time for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The week before Thanksgiving, months of intense negotiations yielded a House and Senate deal on their competing bills to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act. The ESSA will, in short order, get an up-or-down vote in each chamber. In judging the merits of the final deal, it's important to keep in mind what an appropriate and effective federal role in education entails.

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I Used to Think... That Experts Understood the World, Part 3

November 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

Note: This week, I'm posting a three-part essay I wrote for Richard Elmore's volume, I Used to Think...And Now I Think in the spirit of RHSU Thanksgiving tradition. Check out Parts 1 and2.

Say something smart once and there are huge rewards for spending a career saying it, in increasingly elaborate forms. Academics who own an idea get hired by prestigious universities, deliver keynotes, and get all kinds of attendant perks. Consultants who own an idea become must-haves for districts, foundations, and contractors. The result is a familiar kabuki of hyperspecialists airing their prebaked views.

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I Used to Think ... That Experts Understood the World, Part 2

November 25, 2015 at 9:00 am

Note: This week, I'm posting a three-part essay I wrote for Richard Elmore's volume, I Used to Think...And Now I Think in the spirit of RHSU Thanksgiving tradition.

Along my path through academia, I started to doubt whether I'd ever even be able to find a job. I'd ask myself, "Wow, I know so little and all these successful people know so much; how am I ever going to convince anyone to hire me to do anything?"

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I Used to Think ... That Experts Understood the World, Part 1

November 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

For the past couple of years, come Thanksgiving week I've shared part of an essay I penned for Richard Elmore's intriguing volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. Since we've added a bunch of readers since I last ran the chapter in RHSU, and given that it's highly relevant to how I approach a host of questions—from teacher evaluation policy to professional learning communities—I thought it worth keeping up the tradition. I'll be putting the chapter up in bite-size pieces over the next few days. Without further ado:

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On The Martian and Celebrating Smart

October 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

When it comes to education, we talk a lot about policy and instruction and much less about culture. This is true even though we all know that it matters immensely if we celebrate the value of knowledge and expertise, as well as ingenuity and imagination. We know that culture shapes what our children value and respect. We see this every day in national cultures and in individual schools. But it's hard to know what to do about it, so we tend to lament it and then lay it aside.

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Books by Frederick M. Hess

Cover of Cage-Busting Leadership Cover of The Same Thing Over and Over Cover of No Child Left Behind Cover of Tough Love for Schools Cover of Common Sense School Reform Cover of Revolution at the Margins Cover of Bringing the Social Sciences Alive Cover of Spinning Wheels

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