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Remembering a Longtime Contributor: Illustrator Bob Dahm

This publishing year, Education Week Commentary lost one of its most prolific freelance back-page illustrators, Bob Dahm. A frequent artistic contributor for more than two decades, Bob was able to take even the most complex education policy themes and execute clear, striking visuals. His insightful preliminary sketches often made the final selection of the back-page art difficult. Education Week’s design team recently searched the archives to revisit some of his most memorable images.

  • "If we are to train future teachers, principals, and education researchers, we must recognize how schools perpetuate and disrupt systems of inequality."

    Nicole Nguyen
    July 8, 2015
  • "[A]s parents, educators, and others debate the role of standardized tests, it's important to assess whether test-based accountability holds up in the face of a growing number of opt-outs."

    Jessica K. Beaver & Lucas Westmaas
    June 10, 2015
  • "Neither the arts nor the sciences have a monopoly on teaching creativity, collaboration, or problem-solving skills."

    John Ceschini
    December 3, 2014
  • "Poor children need access to the same types of experiences affluent children enjoy.”

    Ann Evans de Bernard
    February 5, 2014
  • “What are the defining characteristics of a school that is fully engaged in partnerships with families?”

    Anne T. Henderson & Bob Dahm
    November 5, 2013
  • "Whether textbook publishers will help, hinder, or neutralize [the] effort [to implement the common core] is an open question."

    Beverlee Jobrack
    August 8, 2012
  • "It is possible to challenge the status quo while honoring good teachers and defending public education.”

    Eli Broad
    May 23, 2012
  • “We have a huge disconnect in this country: State and federal policymakers think they are innovating, but they are not partnering with or supporting the efforts of the most innovative districts in our country.”

    Ken Kay
    November 9, 2011
  • "Now is an ideal time for educators to redefine the concept of tenure. We have an opportunity to make tenure describe achievement."

    Gary M. Chesley
    April 27, 2011
  • “My highest priority is to design lessons that enable my kids to think critically and to give them the skills they will need to live productive lives. I want my students to grow up to be problem-solvers, not test-takers. I want them to be innovators, not automatons.”

    Kelly Gallagher
    November 17, 2010
  • “Some kids who have been told they aren’t valuable, or that their skills don’t cut it, become dropouts and “losers” who must forge their own way to psychological and spiritual fulfillment, often by questioning the processes through which society assigns value to individuals.”

    Kirsten Olson
    November 6, 2006
  • “Those who do well in the education market focus on essential aspects of public engagement.”

    Scott Widmeyer
    June 7, 2006
Research assistance provided by Librarian Holly Peele and Library Intern Laura Zollers.

Vol. 35, Issue 37, Page 23

Published in Print: August 3, 2016, as Remembering a Longtime Contributor
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