Local Control

Then-U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks during a 2015 town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.
Then-U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks during a 2015 town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Arne Duncan: Reopening Schools Is a Local Decision, Not the President's
The Trump administration has completely failed to protect Americans and lead during the COVID-19 crisis, writes former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Arne Duncan, July 9, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Are There Unseen Children In Your School?
What do we know, what can we be sure of, and what do we need to learn about how it feels to be a child in our schools?
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, March 27, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion Educating the 'Whole Child' Requires Courageous Leaders
Student achievement and educating the 'whole child' can be seen in actions schools take. For that, school leaders must have courage to lead away from hesitations.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, January 16, 2018
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Interviewing? Good Questions are Important. Careful Listening is Paramount.
Hiring is, arguably, the most important shared role of leaders and the governing body. It deserves and investment of time to listen openly and share perceptions and thoughts.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, January 9, 2018
4 min read
Personalized Learning Opinion Loss of Freedom of Thought and Expression Threatens Schools
Limiting speech and access to information is the antithesis of our purpose in a free and open democracy. The limits being placed on the internet and on speech in the CDC will affect our work, certainly.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, December 21, 2017
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School & District Management Opinion School Leaders Build Trust by Inviting Others to the Table
It is about presence. It isn't just about Rotary or Kiwanis. It is also about church dinners and nonprofit fund raisers. It is business and police. It is clergy and senior citizens and parents and preschool providers. Is it too much to ask?
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, November 19, 2017
4 min read
School & District Management Opinion Are We Leading Change or Leading in a New Era?
The traditional modes of teaching and learning are being disrupted form outside the schools walls and educators know that a richness for students will arrive when those walls become more permeable under teacher leadership.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, November 7, 2017
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Why We Desperately Need to Rethink College and Career Readiness
The answer is not to "bring back" vocational training. The answer is to redefine vocational training and integrate it into the learning required for all students to graduate from high schools.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, October 26, 2017
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Equity & Diversity Opinion School Leaders, Racial Bias, and Hope
Unlike the POTUS, our actions will directly, and immediately impact children and families. So, we cannot be complacent.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, September 26, 2017
4 min read
School & District Management Opinion Football, Head Injuries, and a School Leader's Choices
Researchers some of our football players will live a lifetime battling behaviors and issues never knowing they are caused by those tackles they so loved when living their halcyon days of middle and high school.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, September 24, 2017
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Assessment Opinion A New Grading System Meets a Critic's Empty Words
When schools step up to consider new ways to engage and motivate students they should be lauded.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, September 17, 2017
5 min read
School Climate & Safety Opinion How Schools Can Help Adolescents Become Responsible, Informed Adults
The lines that separate childhood from adolescence and adolescence from adulthood have disappeared. Rites of passage are few. But there is something schools can and should do.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, August 27, 2017
4 min read
Recruitment & Retention Opinion Reversing Teacher Burnout is a Possibility Within Reach
Guest blogger Jennifer Cleary writes, "Burnout is a real issue, for both first-year teachers and thirty-year veterans. Schools are losing valuable educators, and student achievement is suffering."
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, August 10, 2017
5 min read
Science Opinion STEM Seals for High School Diplomas Aren't Enough
There should be STEM centric revision of all teaching from kindergarten through high school.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, August 8, 2017
4 min read