Monthly Archives: April 2014

This is the future of technology — how will it impact teaching & learning?

Educators and school reformers — ignore at (y)our peril. (And crazy to think that this talk was from 2005!)

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This is what a community conversation about school reform looks like

Now that my new book is out, I’m doing a series of public talks around the country to explore core issues of choice, reform, and community. My first event was at the legendary DC bookstore, Politics & Prose, and they videotaped the conversation, which featured everything from high-stakes testing to E.D. Hirsch to a quick […]

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The Neuroscience of Democracy

In the ideal educational future, is there a single design principle that matters most in establishing the optimal learning environment for children? That seems like a pretty important question to consider. And if you were to go by today’s leading reform strategies, you might conclude that the answer is, variably, greater accountability, better use of […]

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What is the modern face of school choice?

That’s a question I try to answer in my new book, Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice.  But there are some other questions I try to answer — specifically, the ones Greater Greater Washington’s Natalie Wexler asked me in this Q&A about the book.

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How do you design a great school (& a great system)?

Too often, when I look around at what passes for innovative practices or cutting-edge policy recommendations, I see something very different: I see us perfecting our ability to succeed in a system that no longer serves our interests. Two recent articles reinforce this point — and light a different path, one that will actually help […]

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This is what a great school looks like

Imagine if more places were as concerned with integration (as opposed to separation) as the fundamental design principle of a great learning environment?

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