The (book) reviews are in!

Well, three of them at least — from the Washington Post‘s Moira McLaughlin, the Century Foundation’s Rick Kahlenberg (via Washington Monthly), and Eduflack’s orange-jacket wearing Patrick Riccards. And they’re good!

On a related note, C-SPAN posted a video of my public reading from Our School at the Francis Parker school in Chicago. Check it out — and let me know what you think.

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This is the difference between having and giving

It’s also a helluva tribute to grandfathers.

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Hybrid thinking? That’s a thing?

Get ready, people . . . our brains are about to change in a major way.

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NewsChannel 8, yo

As in, I was on it this morning to talk about Our School. See for yourself — but note that the conversation doesn’t begin until about the 4:00 mark of the first video.

And don’t miss the ways in which my name gets inadvertently BUTCHERED.

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New Orleans is an all-charter city. Is that a good thing?

This week, the last five traditional neighborhood schools in New Orleans’ Recovery School district were closed – making it the country’s first district made up entirely of charter schools.

That’s a good thing, right?

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Sleepless in Seattle? My interview with the Seattle Times

First he was a private school teacher in New York City. Then, briefly, a public school teacher. After that, Sam Chaltain spent years studying schools across the country trying to determine what qualities were common to the very best.

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OK, Brown v. Board is 60; Now What?

As I travel around the country this month, participating in public conversations about the promise and peril of school choice, it seems fitting that right as we marked the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, I would end up having lunch with Michael Alves.

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Is there a good way to close a neighborhood school?

I just spent some time learning about a remarkable public school in Burlington, Vermont — the Sustainability Academy — and perhaps the most remarkable thing I heard was the way it turned a potentially catastrophic community event — the closing of a neighborhood school — into a positive success story that has deepened, not diminished, Burlington’s sense of community.

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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 crowdsourcing of the core characteristics of the ideal graduate.

See for yourself, and let me know if it was helpful.

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