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MOOCs with a Purpose: If You Build It, Will They Come?

As we began the process for designing EdPolicy Leaders Online, I had a deep understanding of the power of an open course. However, I also knew that online learning is not a magic bullet. Online learning requires the same intention that a classroom experience demands: understanding the learners’ needs and identifying what is required to motivate and retain them throughout the learning experience. Continue Reading MOOCs with a Purpose: If You Build It, Will They Come?

While this approach has been sought by many choice advocates for years, there was a notable dissenter—Dr. Howard Fuller. His opposition is not surprising. The former Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools opposed expanded vouchers there in 2011, saying the program should be limited to low-income and working class families and not be used to “subsidize people with means.’’ Continue Reading School choice pioneer says Nevada has gone too far. We disagree.

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Stopping the Summer Slide

Today’s guest post is by Dr. Brittany Birken, CEO of the Florida Children’s Council, and Jenn Faber, Director of Florida’s Grade Level Reading Campaign. Images associated with summer often include children playing in sprinklers, arts and crafts and popsicles. While this conjures a fun, romanticized notion of summer, in truth these three months represent a… Continue Reading Stopping the Summer Slide

  • K-3 Reading

    K-3 Reading

    ExcelinEd’s comprehensive K-3 Reading policy was developed to ensure all students enter fourth grade with the foundational reading skills they will need to learn, graduate and succeed.

This spring, Florida lawmakers achieved fewer and better tests for Florida students, while continuing to measure what matters most: student learning. The state also made improvements to teacher evaluations, increased per-student education funding, added benefits for Florida’s full-time teachers and expanded educational options for students with special needs. Florida has a history of leadership and… Continue Reading Florida Lawmakers Vote to Support Students and Teachers

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.
  • Effective Teachers and Leaders

    Effective Teachers and Leaders

    We need to recruit teachers from all professions, and recognize and reward the effective ones. The Foundation supports ending tenure, the implementation of data-based evaluations and compensation, and alternative paths to certification/licensure.
  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

If your state has a large proficiency gap, this could mean your child is not on grade level when compared to his or her national or international peers. And this difference could lead to your child graduating unprepared for life after high school. Continue Reading Why parents need honest, objective yardsticks to measure student learning

  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

EdPolicy Leaders Online: Meet Lauren Heiger

EdPolicy Leaders Online is pleased to introduce our first featured participant, Lauren Heiger. Continue Reading EdPolicy Leaders Online: Meet Lauren Heiger

MOOCs with a Purpose: Securing Our Nation’s Future

Education reformers are often so focused on improving educational outcomes for students that we forget to communicate why reform is imperative to our society. Continue Reading MOOCs with a Purpose: Securing Our Nation’s Future

The Work Begins in Nevada

Today, I provided comments during Nevada’s first public hearing on the implementation of their historic education savings account law. This initial hearing sets Nevada on the path to offer all 450,000 public school students flexibility in selecting the educational options that meet their diverse needs. The Nevada law is the strongest educational choice legislation in… Continue Reading The Work Begins in Nevada

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

During the 2015 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers faced the difficult task of continuing meaningful education reforms, while balancing a projected $1.6 billion budget deficit. Continue Reading How Louisiana Legislative Leaders Committed to Continuing Ed Reform Policies in 2015

  • Digital Learning

    Digital Learning

    Technology can revolutionize education and help ensure no student is bored or left behind. The Foundation supports the use of technology to offer students access to a high-quality, customized education and empower teachers to help their students succeed.
  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.
  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

Why This Ed Reformer Is Returning to the Classroom

My entire professional career has been in education (except for my first job out of graduate school, complete with a Masters in History, working in a men’s clothing store.) From teaching, to working for a Governor, to working for a non-profit education reform “do” tank, I have tried to be the ball. It has never been easy. This August, I will return to the classroom to teach 7th and 8th grade American History and Civics. Continue Reading Why This Ed Reformer Is Returning to the Classroom

  • Effective Teachers and Leaders

    Effective Teachers and Leaders

    We need to recruit teachers from all professions, and recognize and reward the effective ones. The Foundation supports ending tenure, the implementation of data-based evaluations and compensation, and alternative paths to certification/licensure.
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