Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Soars to New Heights

The third installment of ED’s summer series Let’s Read! Let’s Move! blasted into space at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on July 23. Secretary Arne Duncan read The Astronaut’s Handbook, by Meghan McCarthy, with chief curator of the National Air and Space Museum Peter Jakab, U.S. attorney general Eric Holder, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, 2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri, and Carla Hall, chef and co-host of ABC’s “The Chew.” “A book in your hand is more Read More

U.S. Department of Education Expands Innovation in Higher Education through the Experimental Sites Initiative

As part of the President and Vice President’s new actions to provide more Americans with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs, today, the Department is announcing a new round of “experimental sites” that will test certain innovative practices aimed at providing better, faster and more flexible paths to academic and career success. “At a time when a college degree matters more than ever, we have to provide a flexible, innovative experience that Read More

Education Diplomacy: Developing Deep and Lasting Personal Relationships

Flags representing students from around the world blew gracefully in the breeze last weekend as I joined thousands to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2014 at Brown University. The image was a beautiful reminder of how much we gain from getting to know people from different countries, cultures and perspectives, and how important it is that we build deep personal relationships and connections that can bridge these differences. Also last week, the U.S. Read More

Making Progress on ConnectED

Today, President Obama visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland to announce major progress on the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content. Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with countries around the world relies Read More

My Son With Special Needs Taught Me More About Education Than I Learned in 7 Years as a Teacher

I am the product of a classical education. My mother, an English teacher, and my father, an attorney, instilled in me a respect for education that I embraced in my youth, fought like hell against in my adolescence and rediscovered in adulthood. I realized my calling as a teacher while on a backpacking trip through Europe shortly after graduating college. At the time, I had $20,000 in student loan debt, a degree in English, and Read More

Education innovation: A case study in what not to do

The $1 billion initiative by the Los Angeles public schools district to give an iPad to all 650,000 students and teachers for home use has been nothing short of a mess, plagued by poor planning and bad execution. You can read about it here. Here’s a new look at what went wrong from  Larry Cuban, a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus Read More

Changing teaching styles to match how people learn

Innovation has been a hallmark of American education since at least the time of Thomas Jefferson. The nature of that education, including who had access to it, has changed significantly during the last two centuries and continues to evolve today. The definition and achievement of educational excellence in higher education is on the cusp of potentially dramatic transformation, and the University of Iowa has become a leader in creating and assessing a number of innovative Read More

GARY DEMAREE: Educating your kids is a real education

Earlier this year, five of Indiana’s six major state-supported universities approved tuition increases for the next two years. Ball State increased 2 percent, Indiana University increased 1.75 percent, Indiana State went up 1.95 percent, Ivy Tech increased 8 percent and the University of Southern Indiana increased by 4 percent. Interestingly, Purdue’s trustees voted to freeze tuition for this year and next. If the thought of rising tuition rates doesn’t grab the attention of every parent Read More

Ending Education Reform to Reimagine What’s Possible

According to a recent PEW Research Study, 66 percent of Americans say either that the education system in this country needs to be completely rebuilt or that it requires major changes. I couldn’t agree more. In this post, I am infusing innovation research into the education reform debate. We need to ditch the agenda to reform, and shift our focus on to creating anew. Issue #1: Innovating Education Is Different Than Innovating the Telephone Innovation, Read More

Lousy Economy Is Giving Us Smarter Teachers

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, both my parents worked for either the City or the State of New York. (No, the irony of their first child becoming a libertarian columnist is not lost on any of us.) This is a rich source of lore about many areas of state and local government, but here’s one of the most interesting tidbits: Both of them report that back then, you often came across people of Read More