Happy, motivated, college-bound, work-ready, and prepped for success–this is what parents want for their kids and from their schools. But what does “success” really mean in today’s wildly shifting, flatter, green-challenged world? This Huffington Post feature by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel, co-authors of 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, presents some interesting answers to this question.
EdSurge discusses a Bill of Rights and Principles, newly developed by a group of people passionate about learning, serving today’s students, and using every available tool to respond better to the needs of students in a global, interactive, digitally connected world....
GETideas.org hosted this GooglePlus hangout on the future of digital content. The online discussion featured a panel of education experts, including Nicole Allen, affordable-textbooks advocate, Student PIRGS; Una Daly, communication college outreach director, OpenCourseWare Consortium; and Cable Green, director of global...
In Explaining Inequalities in School Achievement, author Roy Nash argues that a realist framework for the sociological explanation of educational group differences can, and must be, constructed. A move to such an explanatory framework will allow society to take into account the...
In Education 3.0: Seven Steps to Better Schools, renowned educator and technology expert Jim Lengel provides a refreshing and hopeful picture of what schools should look like, including a groundbreaking seven-step process for envisioning and building them that draws on the...
October 25, 2010
Kunskapsskolan was founded in Sweden in 1999 and is today the largest operator of secondary schools in the country. Its schools are state funded, free of charge, non-selective, and inclusive and are not faith-based.
October 21, 2010
This report from New Leaders for New Schools contains ideas for the design and implementation of evaluation systems to increase principal effectiveness, including recommendations for policymakers.
Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: How Teacher Performance Assessments Can Measure and Improve TeachingOctober 20, 2010
This report by Stanford University’s Linda Darling-Hammond discusses a promising approach to the question of how to measure teacher effectiveness. Specifically, it describes the ways in which assessments of teacher performance for licensing and certification can both reflect and predict teachers’ success with children so that they can not only inform personnel decisions, but also leverage improvements in preparation, mentoring, and professional development.
October 4, 2010
In this new work, Robert Sternberg, a leading researcher on intelligence and creativity, offers a bold, practical approach to college admissions testing. While standardized tests are measures of memory and analytical skills, Sternberg argues that the ever-changing global society beyond a college campus needs more than just those qualities–tomorrow’s leaders and citizens also need creativity, practicality, and wisdom.