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WEBINAR: Schools That Excelled During the Pandemic – How and Why They Pivoted Effectively to Remote Learning

https://youtu.be/4nv89AhU6qY On Wednesday, February 24th our Director David Osborne and Associate Director Tressa Pankovits co-moderated an engaging conversation on public schools that have effectively made the switch to remote learning entitled, "Schools That Excelled During the Pandemic: How and Why They Pivoted Effectively to Remote Learning.” The dynamic panel of school leaders included Diane Tavenner (Summit Public Schools), Shatoya Ward…

WEBINAR: Parent Choice… Is It a Civil Right?

On Tuesday, February 2nd our Deputy Director Curtis Valentine moderated an engaging conversation on the rights of all parents to choose where their children attend school entitled “Parent Choice…is it a Civil Right?" The  all-star panel of experts in civil rights and education included George Parker (formerly with Washington Teacher’s Union), Lakisha Young (The Oakland REACH), Shavar Jeffries (Democrats for Education Reform), and T.…

Memo to President Biden: The Progressive Way to Ease Student Debt Burdens

Note: In this brief, I use the term education debt, rather than student debt, since most affected borrowers are no longer students, and this category of debt affects a wide swath of society, not just students.           After his inauguration on January 20, one of President Joe Biden’s first official acts was signing an executive order…

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The progressive way to ease student debt burdens

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) want to give up to $50,000 in debt relief to every American with student loans. Though they claim to be progressives, there is nothing progressive about this. It would benefit households in the top half of the income scale far more than those in the bottom half. Almost half of those…

States Still Rely Too Heavily on Test Scores to Hold Schools Accountable. Here’s a Better Way for Them to Break It All Down

Despite heated rhetoric to the contrary, most Americans think we need standardized tests, to make sure kids are learning the basics. Last year, 61 percent of adults surveyed by Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa thought it appropriate to use test scores as a main factor in judging school quality. But in a previous version of the survey,…

Biden’s Education secretary must seize the bully pulpit — and quickly

President Biden’s nominee for Education secretary appeared before the Senate’s education committee today. Miguel Cardona was asked about his stance on issues such as federal support for student civil rights and charter schools. The most pressing questions were centered on the pandemic: Under what circumstances should schools reopen? How much federal aid is needed? How should standardized testing be managed after…

Blog

To Open or Not To Open: Educational Equity Under COVID

The Reinventing America's Schools Project sponsored an engaging discussion entitled "To Open or Not To Open: Educational Equity Under COVID." Over 4,000 parents, educators, advocates, funders, journalists, and policy makers registered to hear from experts in teaching, parental engagement, system leadership and health on how to equitably reopen schools in the fall. Our moderator and…

Dealing with Zoom Fatigue: Using Project-Based Learning to End the School Year on a High Note

As schools wind down from a, hopefully, once-in-a-lifetime shutdown, many students and teachers find their motivation also winding down. Educators are calling this “zoom fatigue,” referring to the commonly used teleconference platform. To end the year on a high note, teachers could turn to project-based learning (PBL), by asking students to complete a project they…

Helping Things Click, Brick-by-Brick: America’s Great Shut-in is a Chance to Engage Students in Deeper Learning

My 10-year-old nephew, like most American kids, is “doing school” at home. An only child, he misses his friends, is not learning as much as he would in the classroom (by his own and his parents’ admission), and is often-times bored. I ordered him a Lego Star Wars space fighter with a gazillion pieces to…