New U.S. Department of Education draft rules aim to hold teacher-training programs accountable for the quality of their graduates. In this blog post, Marianne Lemke discusses what's at stake.
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1 Dec 2014
With government-supported preschool alive, recovering from the recession, and growing again at the state level, Susan Muenchow offers three central questions when considering preschool expansion.
19 Nov 2014
Getting a job is about more than academic performance. In this blog post, Kimberly Kendziora discusses the growing body of research on the importance of social and emotional skills, such as self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills.
13 Nov 2014
According to new AIR analysis of an international survey, a surprisingly large number of adults in the United States cannot apply reading or math skills to solve simple real life problems. In this blog post, Dan Sherman discusses the PIACC results he says educators, researchers, and policymakers need to explore to help improve adults' chances in a demanding job market.
11 Nov 2014
As many new governors and state school officers prepare to take the helm in 2015, state leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to lay out a bold vision for ensuring that all students have equitable access to great teachers and leaders. In this blog post, Angela Minnici offers the first five steps states should take.
30 Oct 2014
Of all the talks that parents should have with their children, a frank conversation about college costs and debt should be the least uncomfortable. In this blog post, Donna Desrochers discusses the importance of talking with teenagers about real college costs and the real life consequences of one of the biggest decisions of their lives.
17 Oct 2014
Parents, teachers, schools, districts, states, and especially students all want schools that prepare graduates to thrive in the 21st century. In this blog post, Anne Mishkind asks what it means to be "college and career ready."
6 Oct 2014
In this blog post, Jane Coggshall explains that inequitable access is not just the result of neglect or funding disparities, but the result of a series of systemic failures, from how we prepare teachers to work in high-need schools to how we design teachers’ jobs.
6 Oct 2014
Another school year begins, and parents ask, “Will my children be safe at school?” But as Simon Robers argues, in this blog post, highly publicized school attacks and media reports of school violence skew the picture of how safe our nation’s schools really are.
4 Oct 2014
Some colleges are trying to walk the walk of an economically diverse student body, but some are not. In this blog post, Peter Cookson argues that colleges and universities require leadership that keeps its eye on the prize, investing in human capital with “no distinction save industry, good conduct and intellect.”