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Of New Orleans and Reform That's Done "To, Not With"

August 31, 2015 at 9:20 am

On Saturday, New Orleans marked the tenth anniversary of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The educational tale since then is both one of the remarkable progress and of valid complaint. Many in the community feel that reform has been done "to them, and not with them." Thousands of black educators lost their jobs, and whole swaths of the community felt like the destruction of Katrina was followed by educational disenfranchisement and disrespect.

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Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: AAE, Goldhaber, Kraft, & Charbonneau

July 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Hidy all. I'm going to take a blog break in August as I finish up an extended National Affairs piece on Obama and education, take a bit of down time, and dig into a few new projects. While I'm away, I'll be leaving you in some exceptionally capable hands.

First up, next week will be a tag-team effort among staff and members at the Association of American Educators. As readers probably know, AAE is a professional association for educators and the nation's largest non-union teachers' association. AAE contributors will be sharing some thoughts on the growth of the non-union teacher movement and what it's like to be a cage-buster working to reform the profession.

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A Few Lessons That AP U.S. History Can Teach the Common Core

July 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

This morning, the College Board released its newly revised version of the AP U.S. History framework. As readers may recall, last year marked the first time that the College Board put out an extensive framework for AP U.S. History. The resulting framework had real problems. The College Board initially went into a defensive crouch and dismissed critics as uninformed know-nothings. However, the College Board then shifted gears. It talked to critics, acknowledged the problems, and went back to the drawing board. The result was the revised framework released this morning. As one who was quite critical of the initial version, I'll just say that the result has fully answered my concerns.

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10 Things I've Learned While Talking Cage-Busting

July 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

It's been three months since The Cage-Busting Teacher was published. I'm much obliged for the terrific reception, the nice notes, and the strong early sales. Thanks to so many of you! (Then again, teachers who identify opportunities to do better, solve problems, speak forcefully but empathetically, engage constructively in policy, and operate with savvy are pretty darn easy to embrace.)

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7 Lessons from Race to the Top

July 16, 2015 at 8:21 am

Over at Education Next, former Race to the Top honcho Joanne Weiss and I have a lively exchange on that program's legacy. Joanne is relatively upbeat; me, not as much. You can find my take here and Joanne's here. I talk a bit about the lessons learned, but space constraints mean the focus is more on our competing perspectives on Race to the Top. So, let's take a moment to ask what lessons we can draw, five years on. At least seven come to mind.

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