Tag: Innovation

New charter authorizer to focus on innovative schools

Innovative Quality Schools is a new approved authorizer of chartered schools in Minnesota. They will focus on authorizing schools that innovate with respect to instructional model, staffing and leadership design, evaluation method, or some other aspect.

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New book argues today's system of K-12 is not sustainable

This new book argues that the present system of K-12 education is no longer financially sustainable - and provides a strategy to address it.

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Schools that run on less

This editorial in the Wall Street Journal cites a study by Ball State that found charter schools receive on average 19 percent less revenue than district schools. Many are showing it is possible to design models that run well on less.

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How to bring "digital" into K-12

Boards and superintendents, legislators and governors are about to feel the big push for digital learning. But how will this happen? There needs to be a strategy.

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Trying to fit a square peg in a round hole

When there are schools that are smaller, different than traditional schools, it becomes particularly important to measure value-added performance—and to appreciate expanded forms of achievement. Schools should be held to high standards but not compelled to follow standardized processes.

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Reform and the Teachers’ Unions

The New York Times commented recently on two tasks that are captivating state legislators and education officials: assessing teachers and speeding up disciplinary processes. Teachers are resisting. That doesn’t have to be.

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New York City seeking to reinvent schools

Eight years of New York City’s public school reforms have significantly but incrementally improved students’ performance and graduation rates. This new report looks at the goals and challenges of the iZone initiative.

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A new teacher-run school in the Motor City

As Detroit Public Schools manage crisis, one school moves toward teacher control.

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What is it that causes technology to stick?

The New York Times recently described the many schools now starting to run pilot projects with iPads. Will they stick?

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Guest Post: A rubric that tells teachers when a student is ready to take on greater responsibility

In this guest post Jon Woloshin, an advisor at the project-based TAGOS middle school, describes how a group of teachers empowered to run the school built an assessment rubric that assists them as advisors to know when to add responsibility to the students’ work load.

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