Entries by Kristen

New ‘Knowledge Mapping’ Tool Evaluates English Language Arts Curricula

By Robert Pondiscio, EducationNext In an essay in The Washington Post, Sonja Santelises, the courageous chief executive of Baltimore City Public Schools, described a problem commonly overlooked in school districts like hers: a “disjointed” curriculum that’s not simply lacking in rigor, but fails even to “connect [students’] experiences to other people’s histories and the larger world.” More than 80 […]

How a proposal for flexible funding can help families close the enrichment gap

January 31, 2019 By Travis Pillow and Ashley Jochim In education policy debates, we often talk about inequality as if it was primarily driven by learning that happens—or doesn’t happen—in schools. But out-of-school learning matters too. Sports and recreational programs can cultivate teamwork, passion, and grit. Music and art lessons can help develop tolerance and empathy. […]

Commentary: In Our Changing Economy, We Need New Flexible Education Systems to Usher In an Age of Agility for Tomorrow’s Workforce

January 23, 2019 By Cheryl Oldham and Tim Taylor and Tom Vander Ark Recently, Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future (P2T) announced the winners of its $100,000 Innovation Award for bold, transformative education solutions. One theme that emerged from among the 240 stakeholders who submitted proposals involves disrupting the traditional education pathway — redesigning the intersection between […]

How a proposal for flexible funding can help families close the enrichment gap

By, Travis Pillow and Ashley Jochim Brookings Institute, Brown Center Chalkboard In education policy debates, we often talk about inequality as if it was primarily driven by learning that happens—or doesn’t happen—in schools. But out-of-school learning matters too. Sports and recreational programs can cultivate teamwork, passion, and grit. Music and art lessons can help develop tolerance […]

Dobard: How 3 Key Forces — Regulators, Innovators & Collaborators — Are Driving Stronger Outcomes for New Orleans Students

By Patrick Dobard, The 74  The year 2018 brought significant progress for education in New Orleans. To start, we saw meaningful improvement in student achievement. In the 2017-18 school year, 80 percent of New Orleans schools earned an “A” or “B” progress index rating, which measures student growth from one year to the next. We […]

Report card grades aren’t the best way to measure academic achievement, says study

By Study International Staff, Study International Parents often rely heavily on report cards to see how well their child is performing at school, but recent research suggests that it may not be the best barometer of students’ academic performance. In the US, a study titled Parents 2018: Going Beyond Good Grades by non-profit Learning Heroes suggests there may be […]

From 240 Winning Proposals From Around the Country, 4 Key Themes Emerge for Building a Pathway 2 Tomorrow

By, Hanna Skandera January 10, 2019 With a new year, new opportunities present themselves. This week, Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future announced its new $100,000 Innovation Award as part of its $430,000 investment in 24 locally responsive education solutions, spanning 17 states and the District of Columbia. With the support of over 75 partner organizations, […]

New deal helps community college grads attend Louisiana College

By Alexandria Town Talk, Town Talk Representatives with Louisiana College and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System signed a transfer articulation agreement Wednesday that will facilitate the acceptance of LCTCS students seeking a four-year degree from LC. Under the agreement, LCTCS students who earn an associate degree in one of several areas with a cumulative grade […]

From The74: New National Initiative Pathway 2 Tomorrow Bestows $100,000 Innovation Award to Two Groups Promoting Student Voice in Iowa & Kentucky

By, Kate Stringer, posted January 8, 2019 When Kay Augustine first heard about an opportunity to pitch local, innovative education ideas from underrepresented voices, her first thought went to the students in her home state of Iowa. Augustine, a project director for the Iowa Department of Education’s School Climate Transformation Grant, wasn’t sure if student […]