Can Design Thinking Help Schools Find New Solutions to Old Problems?

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz “Principal Kamar Samuels had a problem: how to reach the most disaffected students at Bronx Writing Academy, a middle school serving mostly low-income students. The usual discipline methods weren’t working and...

Debunking the myth that good teachers shouldn’t use curriculum aids

E-School News – Janine Remillard and Joshua Taton “he myth that good teachers have the Midas touch and therefore don’t need curriculum programs has been around for decades. This myth paints teachers as curricular experts who are best positioned to create...

Finland Offers Lessons For Building Student, Teacher Agency

Education Next – Michael B. Horn “Rhonda Broussard is the founder and president of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, a charter management organization. In 2014, she traveled to and explored the education systems of Finland and New Zealand as an...

Charter Schools: Taking Stock

Education Next – Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Bruno V. Manno “In 2016, it will be a quarter century since Minnesota passed the nation’s first charter school law. Fifteen years ago, our book, Charter Schools in Action, foresaw this innovative governance and...

Square Root of Kids’ Math Anxiety: Their Parents’ Help

The New York Times – Jan Hoffman “A common impairment with lifelong consequences turns out to be highly contagious between parent and child, a new study shows. The impairment? Math anxiety. Means of transmission? Homework help. Children of highly...