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Beyond Superman: Leading Responsible School Reform

The challenges facing public education today require multifaceted solutions that involve all stakeholders working together—not shallow responses or agenda-driven reformers with superhero aspirations. At eSchool News Online, we’ve created this platform to help school and community leaders explore real, effective strategies for moving education forward in the 21st century.

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Think big: How to jumpstart tech use in low-income schools

The challenges of rural schools are many of the same (though not all) that low-income public schools face across the country: inadequate access to technology and broadband, tight…

Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix

“We tell a story about the power of learning that is very different from what we practice in traditional models of school,” says Steve Hargadon, education technology entrepreneur,…

Should principals stop visiting classrooms?

Principals are above all supposed to be “instructional leaders” but exactly what that means — or how to be effective in that role — isn’t entirely…

Opinion

Ravitch: The ‘White House’s obsession with data is sick’

Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch has been blasting the Obama administration for a long time for education policies that have expanded the importance of standardized tests and…

Joy & rigor: The And-Both solution

Is it possible to create a high-engagement school where students do interesting and relevant work and meet high expectations? Erin Mote and Eric Tucker are a smart duo…

Does middle school need an image makeover?

Middle school has a terrible reputation, The Atlantic reports.…

Video

Seven TED 2013 videos you don’t want to miss

Seven TED 2013 videos you don’t want to miss

These days, it seems even the masses—the Silicon Valley masses, specifically—have an education-focused mindset, and to prove that point, this year’s TED Talks focused on education in particular.…

Nobel Peace nominee: Pay teachers more, focus on mobile technology

Nobel Peace nominee: Pay teachers more, focus on mobile technology

Sir Bob Geldof—an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor, and political activist—noted during the Consortium for School Networking's recent K-12 Technology Leadership Conference that the world's economy is…

How to be an effective 21st-century education leader

How to be an effective 21st-century education leader

Today’s K-12 superintendents must be forward thinkers, bold leaders, and skilled communicators in order to lead their schools effectively in the 21st century, said the winners of eSchool…

2012 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winners discuss the keys to their success

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Winners of the 2012 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards sat down with eSchool News Editor-in-Chief Dennis Pierce to discuss the qualities they think are important for today’s superintendents, the initiatives…

Research

Seven elements for effective community-school partnerships

Seven elements for effective community-school partnerships

The phrase "It takes a village" is at the heart of a school reform movement called partnerships for learning, which aims to integrate community resources with local schools…

Gates Foundation: Test scores not enough for teacher evaluation

Gates Foundation: Test scores not enough for teacher evaluation

After three years of research on measuring teacher effectiveness, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Jan. 8 that it takes multiple measures to most accurately evaluate teachers.…

States nervous about new Common Core school standards

In Kentucky this year, the percentage of elementary and middle-school students who rated "proficient" or better on statewide math and reading tests declined by about a third. Kentucky… kredittkort

Quality of Texas teachers dropping with low pay

The quality of Texas' teachers is dropping largely because of low pay in a competitive market, an expert economist testified Tuesday in the public school finance trial, the…