Opinion Collections

Want to Be a Public Scholar? Here's What You Need to Know

Five education scholars share their best advice for how to make have your voice heard in education policy and practice. (January 2019)

10 Big Ideas in Education

This special report explores the issues that have the potential to define—or redefine—education in 2019. (January 2019)

How Principals Navigate Challenge

From school shootings to student suicides to hurricanes and more: School leaders open up about how they faced some of the most difficult circumstances of their careers. (November 2018)

An Inside Look at School Improvement (Perspectives)

What does continuous improvement look like in practice? One school community shares insights from its innovative model. (June 2018)

How Should Education Scholars Join the Public Conversation?

Frederick M. Hess and four education scholars discuss the pros and cons for academics who want to wade into public debate. (January 2018)

Special Report: 10 Big Ideas in Education

This special report explores game-changing disruptions to the field of education that have the potential to shake up the schoolhouse and the classroom. (January 2018)

Artificial Intelligence, Schooling, & Tomorrow's Jobs

Are students academically prepared for a future of jobs we have yet to imagine, shaped by technology we have yet to invent? Professors, advocates, and futurists explore what's ahead. (December 2017)

Arts Education: A Look Ahead

In this package, Education Week has convened a range of researchers, professors, and practitioners to argue their case for arts education’s path forward. Despite their many contrasting opinions, these experts all agree on one thing: Arts instruction is key to American schooling and is worth supporting, researching, and protecting. (October 2017)

Education Equity Is Now Up to the States

As ESSA goes into full effect and the federal role in education recedes, equity now belongs to the states. In this special Commentary package, education leaders from around the country weigh in on their priorities for upending equity. (May 2017)

The Leftward Tilt of Education Scholarship

With the release of the 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings and on the eve of the Donald Trump presidency, Frederick M. Hess and others weigh in on "the leftward tilt" of education scholarship. (January 2017)
Student Trauma: How School Leaders Can Respond
—Elaine Thompson/AP-File

Student Trauma: How School Leaders Can Respond

In this special Education Week Commentary package, past and current district superintendents, a principal, and two founders of trauma-informed programs reflect on proven strategies that are making a difference in the lives of children and adults. (October 2016)

Focusing In on Science Learning
—Peter Hoey for Education Week

Focusing In on Science Learning

In this special Commentary package, Education Week editors challenged classroom teachers, teacher-educators, and researchers to tackle issues surrounding STEM learning and propose new ideas for improving science instruction. (October 2016)

Reimagining College Admissions: Perspectives
—Christophe Vorlet for Education Week

Reimagining College Admissions: Perspectives

In this collection of Commentaries, four thought leaders unpack the hot-button issues that surround the pathway to higher education. (January 2016)
The Challenges of School Leadership: A Commentary Collection
—Steve Braden for Education Week

The Challenges of School Leadership: A Commentary Collection

In this special collection of Commentary essays and audio slideshows, six educators consider the biggest challenges of the principal position. (November 2015)
Inside Opt-Out: The Pushback Against Testing
—Hamel Family Photo

Inside Opt-Out: The Pushback Against Testing

This special collection of Commentaries reflects a range of perspectives on parents’ opting their children out of tests. (June 2015)
Common Core: Perspectives From the Classroom
—Jared Boggess for Education Week

Common Core: Perspectives From the Classroom

In this special Commentary package, five educators discuss the realities of common-core implementation from the frontlines, highlighting both challenges and opportunities. (March 2015)
Inspired Learning
—Cari Vander Yacht for Education Week

Inspired Learning

In this special package from Education Week Commentary, educators and advocates discuss the arts in K-12 education. Regular contributing artists illustrate the package, which includes a video that explores the role of the arts in classroom engagement. (December 2014)
<i>Brown</i> at 60: Perspectives

Brown at 60: Perspectives

Education Week Commentary explores the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, including how questions concerning race continue to play out in K-12 education. (May 2014)
College Access for All
—Robbie Lawrence for Education Week

College Access for All

Today, more than ever, a college degree is considered an essential ingredient for personal economic success. But how do educators and policymakers work together to encourage more students—especially minority and low-income youths—to apply to, stick with, and succeed in higher education? (June 2014)
Education in Indian Country
—Brent Greenwood for Education Week

Education in Indian Country

Commentary editors partnered with the National Indian Education Association to invite Native leaders to discuss low rates of high school graduation and among other grim educational outcomes that weigh on Indian Country today. (November 2013)

The Role of the K-12 Parent

This Commentary package offers different perspectives on the changing nature of parent empowerment and the role that family engagement can play in student achievement. (November 2013)

Commentaries on Teacher Preparation

Commentary considers teacher education and the best ways to prepare new educators for the classroom. (June 2013)

A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later

This special collection, and a new blog that accompanies it, examines the legacy of the landmark report. (April 2013)
Common-Core Commentaries

Common-Core Commentaries

Adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards have provoked opinions and ideas from thought leaders, policymakers, and the educators who have to implement them. Browse their perspectives in this collection. (June 11, 2009-Present)

The Federal Role in Education

What lessons have been learned from the past half-century of federal involvement in education? Chester E. Finn Jr., Charles Barone, and Marshall S. Smith, among others, consider this question and others in this collection of five essays adapted for Education Week from the book Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit (Harvard Education Press, 2011). (May 4, 2012)
Education and the Whole Child
—Illustration by Steve Braden

Education and the Whole Child

Many advocates for children argue that schools need to do more than focus on academics solely—that they must address the "whole child." These Commentaries offer perspectives on what educating the whole child means in reality, why some feel it's more important now than ever before, and how schools and other organizations are working together to meet students' needs outside the classroom. (December 2011-Present)
NCLB Turns 10
—Ron Edmonds/AP-File

NCLB Turns 10

To reflect on the anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Education Week Commentary editors asked K-12 education leaders, politicians, teachers, and child advocates for their thoughts. Read what Linda Darling-Hammond, Kaya Henderson, and Paul G. Vallas, among others, have to say. This package also includes links to Education Week's coverage over the decade, readers' comments, and a glossary of selected NCLB terms. (January 5, 2012)
K-12 Innovation
—Illustration by Bob Dahm

K-12 Innovation

What can schools learn from video games? Do ideas always have to be “big” to solve education problems, or can schools benefit from an evolving slate of smaller, more focused changes? Could some schools leap into new digital advances while others proceed more cautiously, without harming students? Ken Kay, Ted Kolderie, Michael Levine, and others weigh in on these ideas and more in this collection of Commentaries on innovation and learning. (November 8, 2011)

The Futures of School Reform

Education Week ran a seven-part series of Commentary essays expressing visions of members of the "Futures of School Reform," a working group organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The series was accompanied by a blog, written by the group. (March - May 2011)
Perspectives on TFA in Its 20th Year
—Christopher Powers for Education Week

Perspectives on TFA in Its 20th Year

In its two decades, Teach For America has dispatched more than 20,000 young teachers to work in some of America’s poorest schools and communities. To mark TFA’s 20th-anniversary year, 2010-11, Education Week's Commentary editors sought out a variety of perspectives on Teach For America and its effects on teachers, students, and schools. (March 14, 2011)

The Future of Teaching

Karen Hawley Miles, Barnett Berry, and others explore how to strengthen the teaching profession as a whole through new learning opportunities and better evaluation systems. The authors also consider what teaching will look like in years to come and the importance of listening to the rising numbers of new teachers. The “future of teaching” is still being mapped out; read what leaders think is ahead. (January 18, 2011)

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