Category Archives: school improvement

The “Missing Link in School Reform”

This Stanford Social Innovation Review article may turn out to make a big impact on the education change conversation. It endorses several aspects of the National Equity Project’s general approach, especially our emphasis on developing relationships, trust, and collaboration among … Continue reading

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The Need for Embedded Professional Development

A new article in the MDRC newsletter, “Professional Development for Teachers: What Two Rigorous Studies Tell Us,” describes studies in which PD on the workshop / follow-up coaching model was found to have very little effect. They conclude that: “New … Continue reading

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Education Transformation and the Teacher Assessment Debate

Interesting piece by Irving Hamer, Memphis Superintendent, in Ed Week “Collaboration Is Essential in Public Education,” that is part of a larger debate about Joel Klein’s recent Atlantic Monthly article, titled “The Failure of American Schools,” which paints a grim picture of entrenched and … Continue reading

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Collaboration, Vision, and Learning Process

I found a useful powerpoint presentation on school turnaround challenges by a Dave Weaver at a regional SIG conference that focused on cultural and systems blockages to fostering collaboration in schools trying to turn around.  It references a book that clearly … Continue reading

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Central Office Transformation

How do you transform a central office to better serve the schools in a district and foster excellence and equity in teaching and learning district-wide? Professor Meredith Honig at the University of Washington has done a lot of research on … Continue reading

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Teach Like an Equity Champion

A partner school has been using a book called Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov (a leader at Uncommon Schools) in their school-wide professional learning.  Different teams were responsible for different sections, they read together, observed and videotaped each other’s … Continue reading

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Motivation and Learning

Student motivation is so often left out of the equation in talking about schooling and reform.  When education is perceived as something that is done to students rather than with them, it tends to result in standardization, low expectations, thin … Continue reading

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An Integrated Approach to Improving School Systems

In the past year we have been using a tool from the work of Margaret Wheatley called ‘the six circles model’ or as some refer to it, ‘above and below the green line.’ It is a simple visual to use … Continue reading

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Inquiry as an Education Reform Approach

Inquiry is short-hand for “inquiry-based learning.”  It is a common approach we use with teams of educators and other leaders to help them find solutions to the challenges they face, typically the challenges of helping vulnerable students succeed. Inquiry involves … Continue reading

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School reform and the “pedagogy of poverty”

Alfie Kohn’s recent article in Education Week, “Poor Teaching for Poor Children” (a longer version is available on his site) is getting a lot of attention among parent groups here in Oakland.  He makes a passionate case against the double … Continue reading

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