Williams: Job requirement exhausting today’s parents? Pretending life is normal
At first blush, it was just another Friday evening iPhone ding — probably another notification from our school about new construction requiring changes to the pickup protocols or something about school photos. Nothing urgent to see here. But as I shuffled our preschooler upstairs, there was another, and then another, until it formed a steady...
By Conor Williams | February 5, 2024
Opinion: Microschools take center stage with new opportunities for learning for 2024
Last year, the landscape of K-12 education transformed as a record-breaking 20 states expanded school choice options. However, that is not the only school choice story to come out of 2023. As the nation steps into 2024, a fresh emphasis on innovation has emerged, along with new options for families. This is particularly true within the realm...
By Andrew Campanella | January 23, 2024
Are there really ‘fast’ & ‘slow’ learners? Study could help all students succeed
A November 2023 report debunking “The Myth of the Quick Learner” prompted an outcry of disbelief online and led to a closer look at the original paper, “An Astonishing Regularity in Student Learning Rate,” published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal. The March 2023 paper asserted: We found students...
By Alina Adams | January 17, 2024
The ‘Godfather’ of top charter schools: A tribute to the late Linda Brown
The woman who was arguably one of the most influential U.S. educators in decades died on Christmas day in her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the age of 81, with her fingernails freshly painted bright red — as always. That would be Linda Brown, who tried very hard to remain private, and succeeded. To date, there...
By Richard Whitmire | January 16, 2024
Schools After COVID: 6 Ways For Districts to Better Engage Parents Amid Concerns About COVID Learning Loss
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7 artificial intelligence trends that could reshape education in 2024
The future of education has never looked more creative and promising. Since making its public debut last year, ChatGPT has profoundly impacted my perspective on generative AI in education. As a writer and former high school English teacher, I experienced an existential crisis watching the chatbot effortlessly generate lesson plans and rubrics — tasks that...
By Edward Montalvo, The XQ Institute | January 2, 2024
Beyond lessons: Tutors can help teachers build relationships with students
I’m a math guy. I love math, and I teach it to my preschooler every day. At a recent parent-teacher conference, his teachers told me he didn’t recognize numbers and was having a hard time counting. I pointed to the number 20, and he said, “That’s 20.” I pointed at the number 7, and he...
By Dan Tracy | December 6, 2023
California celebrates its linguistic diversity while shortchanging bilingual ed
California always seems to be ahead of the curve. Huge numbers of you are reading this column on Apple devices designed in Cupertino — and you got here by clicking a link on one of the social media companies with headquarters just down the road from there in Silicon Valley. The Golden State: it’s where...
By Conor Williams | November 21, 2023
Opinion: An R&D initiative to put $20M into community-based ‘ecosystems’ of learning
The American education system is stuck in an out-moded design for learning. The change the world is going through is accelerating, and we need to radically redesign how we support children and youth. Whether it’s the infusion of artificial intelligence into our world, or the need to solve the existential problems facing our society, our...
By Kelly Young | November 15, 2023
Noguera & Freedberg: How a robust arts curriculum can contribute to school equity
Too often, the things that get kids most excited about learning have been stripped out of the school curriculum. No wonder when asked: “how was school”, so many students kids respond “boring.” It shouldn’t be that way, and wouldn’t be if arts and music education were more widely available. However, over the past few decades,...
By Pedro Noguera and Louis Freedberg | November 13, 2023
America is facing a shortage of STEM teachers: Here’s one way to solve it
Ever since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into orbit on Oct. 4, 1957, America has been struggling to recruit and retain STEM teachers in its public middle and high schools. In the 2017-2018 school year, approximately 100,000 teacher jobs in STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – went unfilled at the high school...
By Gerard Robinson | November 8, 2023