Amid Political Shifts, Gates Reaffirms K-12 Priorities

Teacher effectiveness and common academic standards remain front and center for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, even as the Obama administration, which shares those priorities, prepares to enter its last full year. (October 8, 2015)

Study Casts Fresh Doubts on Durability of Pre-K Gains

By the end of 2nd grade and into 3rd, children who enrolled in Tennessee's publicly funded program were lagging behind their peers who didn't attend preschool. (October 8, 2015)

Calif. Set to Adopt Literacy Materials Tied to Standards

(October 7, 2015)

Former Chicago Schools CEO Indicted in Alleged Bribery, Kickback Scheme

(October 8, 2015)

Parent-Teacher Conferences Get a Makeover

(October 6, 2015)

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  • Newly minted teacher leaders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington go through an exercise during a summer training session on instructional coaching. The summer coaching intensive is a key component of the District of Columbia’s Teacher Leadership Innovation program, designed to provide structural supports for teacher-leader roles in schools. —T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week
  • District of Columbia teacher leaders study documentation during the summer training on instructional coaching at HD Cooke Elementary School. The district’s Teacher Leadership Innovation initiative is intended leverage teacher leaders’ experience to create more customized, school-specific professional-development opportunities. —T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week

To Tailor PD, District Grooms Teacher Leaders

An initiative in the nation's capital aims to give select teachers more time to work with colleagues. (October 7, 2015)

5 Questions Policymakers Need to Ask About Test Results

(October 8, 2015)

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Don't Let ZIP Codes Predict Students' Futures

Principals can help counteract the negative outcomes predicted for students who live in certain neighborhoods, writes principal coach Rebecca Wheat. (October 7, 2015)

We Already Know How to Close the Achievement Gap

We don’t hear enough about interventions proven to make a difference for America’s most disadvantaged youths, argues Jim Shelton. (October 5, 2015)

Challenge to ‘Fair Share’ Union Fees Unfair and Unworkable

Law professor Catherine Fisk argues that Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a significant challenge to teachers’ unions, rests on shaky legal ground. (October 6, 2015)

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Culture, Academics Mesh in New Orleans Schools

Honoring New Orleans’ cultural heritage and traditions matters as much as academics in creating successful schools. See the whole story.

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The Digital Lives of 8th Graders, With CNN's Anderson Cooper

A CNN special examining how 13-year-olds are using social media includes a troubling look at issues such as "social combat." (October 6, 2015)

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Anyone Can Help a Student Graduate, PBS Program Aims to Prove

To go with the programming block, the producers also put out a list of seven simple steps that community members can take to help improve graduation rates. (October 2, 2015)

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Scrutinized for Privacy Controls

Microsoft is being criticized for its collection of data through Windows 10, an operating system that is sold to K-12 districts. (October 1, 2015)

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