Education’s Leading Voices on Pressing Issues Facing K-12 Schools

Read what K-12 leaders have to say about equity, discipline, literacy, assessment, digital learning, college-and-career prep, and much more. Education Week and Education Week Teacher have gathered years of Q&As with some of the field's most prominent education scholars, leaders, and practitioners talking about important issues around schooling.

April 17, 2019 Frank DeAngelis, who was the principal of Columbine High School from 1996-2014, talks about the steps he took to heal students and staff in the wake of the school shooting.
March 20, 2019 Melissa Tebbenkamp, the director of instructional technology for the Raytown Quality Schools near Kansas City, says her district's biggest cybersecurity risk is "ourselves."
February 26, 2019 Ted Kolderie, who helped launch the charter school movement through his work in Minnesota, discusses school choice, school accountability, the evolving role of teachers, and more.
February 13, 2019 Educators still have a lot to learn from the now-infamous videos of Covington Catholic High School students, says Rebecca Nagle.
January 24, 2019 Robin DiAngelo, the white author who coined the term “white fragility,” explains the sensitivity that prevents productive conversations about race.
October 31, 2018 Technologist and privacy advocate Bill Fitzgerald argues that school districts and education companies need to better understand the problems interoperability can solve and those that it can’t.
October 3, 2018 In an interview, Justin Bathon, an expert in how technology and education intersect, described the critical missteps schools and leaders make in implementing technology.
September 5, 2018 Researchers are using storytelling to expand how students talk about sexuality and gender, explains Jen Gilbert.
April 11, 2018 Teachers must reject the idea that math is like eating vegetables, says former offensive lineman and current mathematician John Urschel.
January 10, 2018 A school’s master schedule can take months to build and can contribute to education inequities. Adam Pisoni wants to change all of that.
November 1, 2017 How school leaders should embrace conversations about race and other insights from bestselling author Beverly Daniel Tatum.
October 4, 2017 The U.S. Secretary of Education spoke with Education Week in a wide-ranging interview during the secretary’s recent “Rethink School” tour.
September 22, 2017 Though public education is far from perfect, it needs our unequivocal support to improve, say educators Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi.
July 20, 2017 Catherine Lhamon, the civil rights chief in Obama's Education Department, says she's worried about how the Trump administration approaches investigations and enforcement in some areas.
June 21, 2017 Dena Simmons, the director of education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, says teachers can create environments in which all students can thrive.
June 14, 2017 Better research will help schools evolve toward more creative use of classroom technology, ed-tech leaders predict.
May 10, 2017 Abstinence-only "garbage" fails to prepare kids for positive sexual encounters and relationships, says Peggy Orenstein in a Commentary Q&A.
March 22, 2017 The stories of the youngest victims of gun violence say a lot about U.S. culture, notes The Guardian editor Gary Younge in a Q&A.
February 10, 2017 After 33 years, the progressive Coalition of Essential Schools shutters its national operations, and Nancy Faust Sizer looks ahead.
February 8, 2017 After three decades of writing about the classroom limitations of technology, the Stanford professor talks about his observations of some promising approaches.
January 25, 2017 Niya Kenny didn't expect a cellphone video she made of a classmate's violent arrest would also send her to jail and ignite fierce debate over police in schools.
December 14, 2016 Georgia school administrator John O'Connor answers readers' questions about implementing an RTI-like system of supports in their own school districts.
November 16, 2016 Few people running the nation's school districts look like Sharon Contreras—black, Latino, and female. She talks with Education Week about her journey to the top job.
November 2, 2016 The Hyde Schools founder Joseph Gauld weighs in on the election, ESSA, and social-emotional learning.
October 19, 2016 The deputy director of the NGLC talks about how personalized learning has evolved and what looms ahead for districts pursuing this approach.
October 5, 2016 Anne Holton, whose husband, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, is Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's running mate, is Virginia's former education secretary and a campaign ambassador.
September 7, 2016 In an exclusive interview, the organization’s leader talks about the threats and addresses criticisms that the national group is making alarmist claims.
August 31, 2016 Educator Christopher Emdin talks about what white teachers who engage with students "in the hood" need to know.
August 31, 2016 North Carolina congresswoman Virginia Foxx is a feisty member of the House education committee and was chairwoman of the Republican Party's platform committee at its recent convention.
July 20, 2016 The last living co-author of the Coleman study on educational opportunity discusses the legacy of the famous report.
July 20, 2016 The U.S. Department of Education's top official discusses the Every Student Succeeds Act, equity, and other education issues.
June 30, 2016 Paul Tough, author of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, discusses the role environment plays in fostering students' noncognitive skills.
June 9, 2016 Downington, Pa., school district's blended learning program captured Harvard's attention because of its efforts to measure effectiveness and initiate a change in district culture.
June 1, 2016 Monique W. Morris, author and researcher, discusses the plight of black girls, who are disproportionately turned out of K-12 schools.
April 20, 2016 In a Commentary Q&A, Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, discusses the role of mentors in guiding students toward their professional callings.
March 30, 2016 Rochester City schools' chief information technology officer, chief of curriculum and school programs, and assistant superintendent for administration discuss the challenges of implementing a 1-to-1-technology initiative.
March 16, 2016 Writer David Denby talks about how he wrote his new book to understand how today's students consume the written word.
February 17, 2016 To build and deepen empathy, a group of education organizations is calling on K-12 leaders to "shadow" a student.
November 11, 2015 Richard J. Stiggins, an advocate of classroom assessments in the service of learning, identifies common misunderstandings about formative assessment.
September 30, 2015 Two early-learning experts outline how they want to see devices, apps, and software treated as tools to foster better reading interactions between children and adults.
September 30, 2015 Kathryn Parker Boudett, co-author of Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators, offers ideas on what makes school-based meetings work well—and why they often don't.
September 16, 2015 Superintendent Joseph Davis lays out his plans for addressing the educational inequities and biases that fed into last year's demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo.
September 9, 2015 Despite gains since the first edition of One Teacher in Ten, many gay and lesbian educators lack policy protections and the support of school leaders, says Kevin Jennings.
August 5, 2015 James Ryan, the district's chief for STEM learning, discusses San Francisco's new initiative to teach computer science in every grade.
June 10, 2015 Twelve years after opting their children out of testing, Fred and Catherine Hamel interview their daughter on her experience.
May 20, 2015 Sir Ken Robinson shares his thoughts on student engagement and testing, the future of teacher education programs, and why vocational education matters.
April 22, 2015 Veteran USA Today reporter Greg Toppo discusses his new book examining the hopes and reality of how schools and students are trying to use digital games for learning.
April 1, 2015 With the clock ticking on the Obama administration's time in office, the education secretary discusses NCLB waivers, testing, Race to the Top, and other issues.
March 18, 2015 The CAO of the Cleveland public schools is trying to set higher academic expectations for a district with a high school graduation rate of 64 percent.
March 18, 2015 The CAO and accountability officer for the Kansas City, Mo., schools talks about setting goals and monitoring progress for a district that lost its accreditation in 2012.
March 18, 2015 The CAO of the Aurora, Colo., public schools describes how a change in the district's organizational structure has had a positive impact on student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
January 5, 2015 In a four-decade career in Congress, now-retired U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., put an indelible stamp on education policy.
December 10, 2014 David Hodge, the president of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, discusses practices at his school for recognizing college-level work completed in high school.
November 12, 2014 William G. McCallum, a lead writer of the common-core math standards, discusses the aims, effects, and criticism of the framework.
October 15, 2014 University of Connecticut researcher Donald J. Leu talks about his recent findings showing that lower family income is linked to weaker online-reading skills for middle school students.
October 1, 2014 Five school district technology leaders talk about the lessons they have learned about how to choose and use learning-management systems in smart ways.
August 20, 2014 Springdale, Ark., Superintendent Jim D. Rollins shares lessons from his district's rapid transition to a majority-minority school system.
June 18, 2014 Neuropsychologist David H. Rose, a principal architect of Universal Design for Learning, says classrooms need a richer mix of resources and more emotion.
June 11, 2014 The Renaissance Learning CEO says that educators are becoming "data-fluent," helping them understand how to tailor learning more effectively for students.
June 11, 2014 The CEO of Discovery Education says the best digital learning efforts are driven by school leaders who have the courage and conviction to try new educational approaches.
June 11, 2014 The CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages says business leaders should develop a deep appreciation for the challenges teachers face.
March 13, 2014 Arthur C. Graesser, a University of Memphis professor of experimental and cognitive psychology, says "you have to be very subtle in smuggling in serious content."
March 5, 2014 James W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.
January 29, 2014 Odin Jurkowski, a professor of educational technology, talks about teaching educators tech skills that require them to rethink how classrooms should operate.
November 19, 2013 John Owens, author of Confessions of a Bad Teacher, talks about his brief, unhappy career in education and what it says about school systems today.
October 17, 2013 In an Education Week interview, the philanthropist speaks about the Gates Foundation's work on teacher issues, responds to criticism, and vows to keep a K-12 focus for the long haul.
October 14, 2013 With a new book on the horizon, Harry and Rosemary Wong continue to drive home the point that detailed planning and procedures are essential to effective classroom management—and teaching.
October 2, 2013 Houston Superintendent Terry B. Grier and Chief Technology Officer Lenny Schad have learned important lessons about how to work together to improve the use of technology in schools.
May 22, 2013 Kristen Purcell, the associate director for research for the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, talks about students' research skills.
March 13, 2013 Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson discusses the effects of the common standards on instructional practice and teacher professional development.
February 27, 2013 Deborah S. Delisle sat down recently with Education Week for a wide-ranging interview.
October 17, 2012 In a Q&A with Teacher, Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, discusses the role of teacher leaders and outlines her vision for advancing the profession.
September 28, 2012 Marc Prensky, author of Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom, talks to Education Week about how to use technology to bring out the best in students.
August 29, 2012 Gregory Taylor, the president and CEO of the Foundation for Newark's Future, talks about how his foundation is managing $100 million in donations for the New Jersey school district.
June 13, 2012 The 2012 Online Teacher of the Year says her virtual connection with students is stronger than it was in the traditional classroom.
March 14, 2012 In an interview with Education Week, Jaime Casap addresses the Internet giant's strategic push into the education market.
March 7, 2012 In an interview with Education Week, Sal Khan addresses the "flipped classroom," customized learning, and the road ahead for teachers.
March 7, 2012 In an interview with Education Week, Laurie Racine talks about the role of her nonprofit group, which works to help education-technology businesses get off the ground.
March 7, 2012 In an interview with Education Week, James H. Shelton, the assistant secretary for innovation and improvement, addresses the effectiveness of U.S.-sponsored initiatives to test new educational approaches.
March 1, 2012 In an exclusive interview, the authors of The CAFE Book discuss their system for catering to students' individual reading needs.
February 8, 2012 Fiction writer and techie Ernest Cline, who has a particular passion for education and how it might look in the future, answers some key questions from Education Week Digital Directions.
February 8, 2012 The former New York City and Miami schools chief and National Superintendent of the Year was recently named president of Revolution K12, an educational technology company.
October 13, 2011 Science and math teacher Michelle Shearer, the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, stresses the importance of making rigorous STEM instruction available—and accessible—to all students.
April 4, 2011 Readicide author Kelly Gallagher wants schools to stop focusing on tests and let kids immerse themselves in books.
January 12, 2011 The president and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning talks to Education Week about the impact the Common Core State Standards are likely to have on e-learning.
October 12, 2010 Will Richardson, a former teacher-turned-tech expert, says schools need to revolutionize teaching and learning to keep pace with societal changes.
October 12, 2010 One question. Eleven answers.
April 12, 2010 Early-reading expert Richard Allington believes Response to Intervention is possibly "our last, best hope" for achieving full literacy in the United States. So why does he sound so unhopeful?
April 12, 2010 In their second year of RTI implementation, a teacher and her principal discuss what's working and what still needs work.
March 18, 2010 Three ed-tech researchers discuss important issues surrounding the use of cellphones, laptops, and other computing devices for teaching and learning.
December 11, 2009 Author and educator Cathy Vatterott shares her insights on the meaning of unfinished homework.
December 2, 2009 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down with Education Week reporters on Nov. 30 for a wide-ranging interview. Carmel Martin, the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development, also attended.
October 7, 2009 Teacher speaks to author and educator Mike Rose about his latest book, Why School?
October 1, 2009 A top course facilitator provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on online training.
October 1, 2009 An education-technology scholar discusses the current state and promise of online teacher PD.
September 9, 2009 Gregory Michie, author of Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students, discusses the challenges facing white, middle-class educators working with low-income, minority students.
August 26, 2009 Renowned educator Rafe Esquith discusses his latest book and his philosophy on helping students thrive.
June 3, 2009 A New York City police captain-turned-educator, National Teacher of the Year Anthony Mullen has a unique ability to connect with students with special needs. Includes video.
April 1, 2009 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat down with Education Week to discuss the stimulus package, the 2010 budget, and his plans for implementing President Barack Obama's education agenda.
March 16, 2009 A distinguished educator describes her school's resourceful and collaborative culture of teacher learning.
March 1, 2009 Two experts discuss Response to Intervention and what it means for educators.
October 20, 2008 Jim Hirsch, the associate superintendent for academic and technology services for the Plano, Texas, school system, discusses how his district has built a reputation for embedding technology into learning and the management of schools.
September 30, 2008 Peg Tyre, Newsweek writer and author of The Trouble With Boys, discusses her research on why boys have fallen behind academically and what teachers can do to help.
September 10, 2008 Carol Ann Tomlinson explains how differentiated instruction works and why we need it now.
April 28, 2008 Timothy J. Magner, the director of the U.S. Department of Education's office of educational technology, talks about the big picture and emerging issues.
April 3, 2008 Ron Teixeira, the executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, discusses cyber-safety issues related to schools.
March 1, 2008 Veteran educators address questions about career opportunities and challenges in teaching.
January 23, 2008 Chip Kimball talks about his move from CIO to superintendent of the 23,500-student Lake Washington School District in Redmond, Wash.
October 25, 2007 Author Anne Jolly sees collaborative work among teachers as the future of professional development.
October 25, 2007 Teacher leaders discuss the value of teacher-led professional development.
October 16, 2007 Eddie Compass, the well-known former superintendent of police in New Orleans and now director for security and safety for the Recovery School District, sat down recently with Education Week to talk about his new job and his approach to school security.
September 12, 2007 Kim A. Rice, the chief information officer for the Boston school system, discusses the challenges of modernizing technology in an urban district. Includes an exclusive audio interview with Rice.
September 11, 2007 Technology expert and author Bard Williams shares advice about podcasting for teachers.
August 14, 2007 The new superintendent of the state-run Recovery School District in New Orleans spoke to Education Week's Lesli A. Maxwell on July 18, seven weeks before the first day of the 2007-08 school year.
July 10, 2007 Education Week assistant editor Bess Keller interviewed Mike Antonucci, director of the online Education Intelligence Agency, about his 10 years of experience covering the NEA's annual convention.
March 1, 2007 Can a former educator teach Capitol Hill a thing or two?
September 1, 2006 A National Teacher of the Year advises beginning teachers.
September 1, 2005 Author Sarah Sentilles questions Teach for America.
June 22, 2005 To mark the 50th anniversary of economist Milton Friedman's proposal for a universal system of publicly financed school vouchers, the Nobel laureate talked with Education Week senior editor Caroline Hendrie about his views on the national push for greater educational choices.
March 1, 2005 Renée Heiss helps balance classroom yin and yang.
February 9, 2005 On Feb. 4, Senior Editor Lynn Olson and Assistant Editor Erik W. Robelen interviewed U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings in her office at the Department of Education’s headquarters in Washington. Here is an edited transcript of the interview.
November 1, 2000 U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley met with contributing writer Joetta L. Sack to discuss his legacy—and to make one last pitch to teachers to get involved in policy reform.
April 19, 2000 Following is the transcript of Staff Writer Joetta L. Sack's April 11, 2000 interview with Vice President Al Gore about his education platform and presidential bid. This is an expanded version of the interview that appears in the print edition of Education Week. The interview took place in Columbus, Ohio, after Mr. Gore spent the day at Avondale Elementary School.

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