In our August podcast, I cover all the guests of the first seven episodes … from the average citizens, to teachers, and former candidates. The Renew America’s Promise Podcast is all about bringing together everyone in real conversation to find real solutions. Listen to the past podcasts.
The New York Times: Senate Approves a Bill to Revamp ‘No Child Left Behind’ Excerpt For the first time in 14 years, the Senate on Thursday approved a revised version of No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era education law that ushered in an era of broadly reviled, high-stakes standardized testing. [..] Both bills return […]
Republic 3.0: How to Fix High Poverty High Schools Excerpt Among students from households in the bottom income quartile (those earning less than $34,160 a year), just 45 percent go on to college – and only 9 percent eventually earn a bachelor’s degree. Among students from households in the top quartile, in contrast, 82 percent […]
This month, and on this Father’s Day, I welcome my friend, David Gonzales to the program. In our June podcast, we welcome my longtime friend and new father, David Gonzales. As a new dad, I wanted to get a perspective on what changes in the minds of new dads, and David’s answer did not disappoint. […]
Star Tribune: ‘No Child’ reauthorization: Test scores tell stories otherwise left behind Excerpt: In the coming weeks, the U.S. Senate is likely to consider reauthorizing the law, now dubbed the Every Child Achieves Act. As executive director of Teach For America-Twin Cities, I am well aware of the testing backlash and the temptation for test […]
The Economist: The weaker sex Excerpt: “IT’S all to do with their brains and bodies and chemicals,” says Sir Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College, a posh English boarding school. “There’s a mentality that it’s not cool for them to perform, that it’s not cool to be smart,” suggests Ivan Yip, principal of the […]
PBS.org: ‘World’s best teacher’ does not believe in tests and quizzes Excerpt For 25 years, Nancie Atwell has run a small, independent K-8 school in Maine, where the goal is not just teaching young students, but also teachers. At the Center for Teaching and Learning, the school day is driven by a simple motto: let […]