National Journal Asks Why Common Core is a Tea Party Bugbear?

Matt Williams has written about the Common Core on this blog before (Common Core: High Standards are Not Inappropriate They Are Essential) and this week responds with a cogent outline of the underlying politics and subsequent name calling that may undermine the larger common good the core sought to address. Visit the National Journal to read his commentary and weigh in with your own. Continue reading

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The Federal Role: Ensuring Access and Equity

How do we get early childhood education right? By building an effective, responsive educational, socio-emotional foundation for all children at the local level. Williams looks at work on the ground in Denver and Cincinnati to model what states and districts might be able to accomplish given more flexibility. Continue reading

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Matt Williams: Move to Competency-Based Learning

“…a more competitive, responsive educational system that not only drives attainment but economic development, our nation needs a system where students at all levels of school are proficient in content and skills and in applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating new knowledge.” Continue reading

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Feeder Patterns Can Reduce School Closures

Addressing feeder patterns or aligning “teaching and learning and socio-emotional connections between elementary, middle, and high schools through aligned, targeted system of supports and interventions” will improve student achievement. Continue reading

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Three things we must do to ensure a quality education in challenging times

As the burden to ensure students have access to a quality education falls to local school districts, KnowledgeWorks CEO Chad P. Wick offers three powerful recommendations in the National Journal Education blog this week: 1. States need to be receptive Continue reading

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