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How 'Inside Job" explains school reform

Here, in a repeat performance, is a piece explaining why Academy Award winning documentary "Inside Job," does a great job explaining school reform even though it is about the financial crisis.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 27, 2011; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Kevin Welner  | Tags:  academy award, inside job, waiting for superman  
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Why 'Inside Job' bests 'Waiting for Superman' on school reform

Now that "Waiting for Superman" has made the short list of documentaries up for an Academy Award, an educator explains why another film on the list, "Inside Job," does a better job of explaining the school crisis even though its not about education.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 16, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Kevin Welner, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  academy awards, critics choice awards, davis guggenheim, golden globe awards, inside job, oscars, public schools, school reform, schools, waiting for superman  
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'If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging'

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the new PISA results are a "wake up call" for him. But is the call he is hearing the right one?

By Valerie Strauss  | December 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Guest Bloggers, Kevin Welner, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  PISA scores, arne duncan, nclb, no child left behind, pisa, school reform  
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Assessing teachers without fetishizing test-based reforms

An educator writes that policymakers are fetishizing student scores on standardized tests and using them as a crutch rather than turning to sensible solutions to improve public schools. There are better ways to assess teacher quality, he says.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 7, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Kevin Welner, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  assessing teachers, los angeles times, no child left behind, race to the top, standardized tests, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation, test scores, value added  
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Lisa Simpson and why reform isn't really reform

What we’re seeing today in the world of education is most accurately labeled “intensification,” not reform. It’s changing things, but it’s changing them in the same direction we’ve been moving for well over a decade. Lisa Simpson

By Valerie Strauss  | November 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Kevin Welner, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  charter schools, kevin welner, lisa simpson, school reform, the simpsons  
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'Manifesto' should be resignation letter

Educator and researcher Kevin G. Welner writes that none of the reforms discussed in a "manifesto" for school reform by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and 14 other schools chiefs are grounded in research and are nothing more than fads and gimmicks.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Kevin Welner, Performance pay, Research, School turnarounds/reform, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  charter schools, fixing schools, joel klein, klein manifesto, klein rhee, manifesto, merit pay, michelle rhee, obama and school reform, obama and schools, president obama, reform manifest, rhee manifesto, school reform  
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