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March 11, 2019
The Gates Foundation is hoping better curriculum will boost student learning. A new study says, not so fast
The results raise questions about the likelihood the Gates Foundation’s curriculum-focused approach will do what its leaders hoped.
August 28, 2018
Gates Foundation gives $92 million to networks of schools in latest reform effort
Most of the 19 new grants are going to nonprofit organizations, including a group of urban California districts and New Visions, a New York City-based network.
October 19, 2017
Gates Foundation to move away from teacher evals, shifting attention to ‘networks’ of public schools
In a speech Thursday, Bill Gates said the foundation is about to launch a new, locally driven effort to help existing public schools improve.
February 12, 2016
Weekend Reads: Is selective admissions the ‘special sauce’ for school improvement?
Plus, the Gates Foundation nabs an NYC ed leader, Beyoncé's KIPP connection, building a better soccer program, and more in this week's list of education must-reads.
January 31, 2014
Memo offers early glimpse at charter leaders' efforts to work with de Blasio
A group of charter school leaders eager to get along with the new administration are working behind the scenes to address concerns raised by Mayor Bill de Blasio, though their framework draws the line on rent.
October 2, 2013
Five people who could be the next chancellor of New York City's schools
When the next mayor takes office on January 1, one of his first acts will likely be to choose a schools chancellor.
November 30, 2011
Pioneers in teacher prep chart changes in training landscape
If the people on a panel Tuesday about teacher preparation didn't convey the urgency they felt about improving teacher training, then a flash poll of the audience surely did. More than two-thirds of the audience, made up primarily of young teachers, said they didn't think their masters degrees had made them better at their jobs, according to electronic votes that were tallied in real time. With that context, a five-member panel of advocates for alternative certification and training dove into a 90-minute discussion about how traditional theory-driven teacher training had failed the profession, particularly in high-needs urban schools. Research has shown that having a masters degree does not make teachers more effective, and local, state, and federal efforts are underway to re-imagine how teachers are trained. Panelists largely agreed that many traditional education schools lack accountability, aren't willing to share performance data for their graduates, and have a detached relationship with the public schools where their graduates eventually work. "For too long schools of [education] have sat back and spun out academic theories of what should work in the ideal school with the ideal conditions," said a panelist, Bob Hughes, president of the nonprofit New Visions for Public Schools, which trains and certifies teachers and operates 99 schools in New York City. "And they've been divorced from the reality of what happens in schools ."
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