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Rick Hess Straight Up

Education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute think tank offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Read more from this blog.

Education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute think tank (AEI), author of books like The Same Thing Over and Over, Letters to a Young Education Reformer, and A Search for Common Ground, offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Rick’s takes are his alone and do not represent AEI or Education Week. Follow Rick on Twitter at @rickhess99.

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Classroom Technology Opinion The Stanford Scholar Bent on Helping Digital Readers Spot Fake News
Rick Hess speaks with Sam Wineburg about fake news, digital learning, and how to help children navigate online content.
Rick Hess, April 8, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion When Does Educational Equity Become Educationally Unethical?
Equity stumbles into a truly gruesome place when educators are directed to shortchange students based on how they look or where they live.
Rick Hess, April 5, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion City Year CEO on Supporting Students Through the Pandemic
Rick Hess speaks with City Year CEO Jim Balfanz on how members serve as "student-success coaches," even amidst the pandemic.
Rick Hess, March 31, 2021
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Early Childhood Opinion Waterford Upstart on Providing Remote Learning to 90,000 Pre-K Kids
Rick Hess speaks with Dr. LaTasha Hadley of Waterford Upstart about its use of adaptive software to close gaps in kindergarten readiness.
Rick Hess, March 25, 2021
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Empowering Teachers and Parents to Speak Up on School Safety
Rick Hess shares practical suggestions from Max Eden on how to ensure school discipline reforms are indeed keeping students and staff safe.
Rick Hess, March 22, 2021
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Science Opinion Working With the Likes of Lego, Disney, and Lucasfilm to Engage Students in STEM
Rick Hess speaks with FIRST's Erica Newton Fessia about inspiring young people's interest in STEM using team-based robotics programs.
Rick Hess, March 18, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion School Renaming Shouldn’t Be an Exercise in Ideology and Ignorance
Renaming schools should be a deliberative process that models the civic seriousness we want students to master. San Francisco's process was not.
Rick Hess, March 15, 2021
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Technology Opinion Social Media’s Performative, Poisonous Impact on Education
The ways in which Twitter distorts normal conversation have become so familiar that they're easy to overlook.
Rick Hess, March 11, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion A Search for Common Ground in Schooling
Rick Hess reflects on why writing his new book with Pedro Noguera was one of the most heartening, inspiring experiences he's had in years.
Rick Hess, March 8, 2021
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Social Studies Opinion Approaching EAD’s New Civics Roadmap With Eyes Wide Open
The Roadmap could have much to offer for improving civics and history instruction, but much will depend on how its aims are implemented.
Rick Hess, March 3, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion New Resource Tracks School System Reopening
The Return to Learn Tracker identifies the current instructional model of all regular public school districts with three or more schools.
Rick Hess, February 25, 2021
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Education Funding Opinion What's It Take for Philanthropy to Help Rural Schools?
Place-based philanthropy has enormous potential to revitalize rural communities. The trick is, it’s tough to get this sort of approach right.
Rick Hess, February 22, 2021
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States Opinion How Jeb Bush’s ExcelinEd Is Tackling the Next 5 Years
Rick Hess talks with ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque about the organization's goals to improve education after the pandemic and beyond.
Rick Hess, February 18, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion Remembering Harvard’s Richard Elmore
Rick Hess pays tribute to the late Richard Elmore, education policy icon and longtime professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Rick Hess, February 16, 2021
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