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Four lessons from four top schools superintendents

Monday, January 19, 2015


The nation’s public school systems face many of the same challenges: ­declining budgets, lagging achievement among poor and minority students, and debates about the role of standardized testing and charter schools.

Four school system superintendents have been recognized for their efforts in addressing these challenges, and each is a finalist for the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.

W.Va. ed leaders urge citizen involvement

Thursday, December 11, 2014


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education leaders are launching a call to action encouraging citizens to support the state’s education reform efforts.

The West Virginia Board of Education and state schools Superintendent Michael Martirano sent out the call to action Wednesday after a board meeting in Charleston.

West Virginians are being asked to get involved, be informed and support the efforts designed to improve student achievement.

How to reframe the education reform debate

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Education policymakers have successfully framed the language of modern school reform to reflect specific values — “accountability,” for example, means standardized test-based accountability, and “no excuses” means that teachers are to blame if students don’t do well. The author of the following post argues that to move past this limiting reform model supporters of public education will have to reframe the debate with language that infuses their own values of shared responsibility and empathy. 

Fact-checking claims in the school board race

Monday, November 3, 2014


Many of the same tenets are at the heart of campaigns for the eight candidates seeking seats on the Frederick County Board of Education this year: They want to keep local control, identify where money can best be spent and do what’s best for children.

But there are plenty of numbers involved, many claims about funds and learning in the era of Common Core State Standards, and more than a few ideas on which county executive candidate would best serve schools.

Is It Time For Your ‘Careercation’?

Thursday, October 30, 2014


The following post was published on the Knowledge@Wharton website on October 20, 2014.

Burned out from the experience of starting and running two entrepreneurial ventures, David Niu decided he need to recharge. He coined a new word to describe the journey that he, his wife and his 10-month-old would be taking: a ‘careercation.’ During the trip, he interviewed 30 entrepreneurs to gain more insight into his own experience and to try to understand what he wanted to do next.

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