A Turnaround District for Pennsylvania’s Lowest-performing Schools

Education Next – Michael J. Petrilli “Chairman Smucker, Minority Chairman Dinniman, members of the committee: It’s an honor to be with you. My name is Mike Petrilli. I’m the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-of-center education policy...

Sen. Casey Introduces Bill To Reduce School Suspensions

The Huffington Post – Christina Wilkie “As members of the Senate hurried out of town Wednesday ahead of a major snowstorm, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) quietly introduced a bill that could help keep tens of thousands of young people in the classroom and out of...

Deep Practice and Its Promise for Math Education

The London Economic – Robert Sun “It’s not often that an inner-city American school rises to the top of national rankings in academics, and yet Baldi Middle School in Philadelphia has beaten the odds— not just once, but multiple times. Its track record...

Full STEAM Ahead: Inside Penn’s Approach to Education

The Daily Pennsylvanian – Jack Cahn “Is emphasizing everything the same as emphasizing nothing? Penn’s choice of a STEAM approach to education — one that treats Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics equally — instead of a STEM approach...

Can positive student-teacher relationships improve math scores?

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Eleanor Chute “With a National Science Foundation grant, Pittsburgh Public Schools has embarked on an effort to develop positive student-teacher relationships to help every student learn math. The goal is to reduce the gap in...