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Sputnik Moves to New Orbit!

By Robert E. Slavin — January 16, 2013 1 min read

This is the last Sputnik blog post to appear on Education Week. Beginning next week, I’ll bring my discussion of evidence-based reform in education to the Huffington Post. I hope you’ll continue to take part in the conversation.

The original idea of Sputnik was to spark interest in the idea that progress in education must come from improving and augmenting proven, replicable programs and practices, and then putting proven programs into policy. This simple and obvious notion, “use what works,” has been a long time coming, and still has a long way to go. In Sputnik I’ve commented on some of the most important developments in evidence-based reform: i3, the OMB embrace of evidence-based reform, proposals for ARPA-Ed, evidence-based reform in fields other than education (including dairy cows!), and many developments in research, development, and methodology. This is an exciting time for evidence-based reform, and if you have enjoyed reading Sputnik as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it, I’m sure you’ll equally enjoy reading and reacting to my blog at Huffington Post. I look forward to hearing from you.

I’d like to thank Lauren Gibbs, Beth Comstock, Robert Johnston, Debra Carroll, and the editors at Education Week for their help with Sputnik.

The opinions expressed in Sputnik are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.