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Chad Aldeman

Despite the development of new teacher evaluation systems in recent years, teacher evaluation ratings are still too often divorced from what happens to students and how much they learn. Bellwether's Chad Aldeman discusses how districts rarely make consequential decisions about teachers based on their on-the-job performance.

Carolyn Chuong

Change and disruption is taking place within schools as students and teachers explore the intersection between instruction and technology. But products and tools are just one piece of the puzzle. A new report by Bellwether Education looks at how state and local policies play a critical role in either inhibiting or supporting new forms of personalized learning. Bellwether’s Carolyn Chuong shares a preview of the report (and an accompanying infographic).

Teach for America's "Blank Show Radio"

Bellwether’s Andy Smarick was recently interviewed for the Teach for America weekly podcast “Blank Show Radio” about his book “The Urban School System of the Future.”

Andrew J. Rotherham

Bellwether Education's Andrew J. Rotherham is one of six education policy experts recently asked to comment on the Common Core Curriculum.

Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer

During a discussion Thursday afternoon at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), two former members of the U.S. Marine Corps discussed how their rigorous training and military careers prepared them for their current roles in education, and how those lessons can translate more broadly to the teaching field.

Emma Brown, The Washington Post

When activists from the District and across the country gathered Tuesday at the U.S. Education Department to call for an end to school closures, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued a statement in solidarity: “It’s time to fix, not close, our schools,” she said.

A few miles away, Andy Smarick argued the opposite: it’s time to close, not fix, our schools.

Andy Smarick

The new teachers contract in Newark has caused widespread celebration. It has earned praise from New Jersey’s governor and education commissioner, Newark’s mayor and superintendent, local and national labor leaders and many others. There seems to be a consensus that a new day has dawned for public education in this troubled city.

The history of urban school improvement efforts, however, suggests that we might temper our enthusiasm. The side of the road is littered with much-ballyhooed but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to fix failing inner-city schools.

Education Next

President Obama sparked much debate in Washington with his plan to grant states waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), conditional on their willingness to embrace certain reform proposals. State leaders have cheered the president’s decision to offer them much-needed relief from onerous requirements. Key Republican leaders have blasted the move as overstepping executive authority. Is the president right to issue conditional waivers? Are the conditions themselves a good idea? In this forum, Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham weigh in.

Tom Vander Ark, EdReformer

Kim Smith, educational entrepreneur, investor, and thought-leader, has agreed to share her perspective on the landscape and opportunities in edcuational investment.  Kim is co-founder of Bellwether Education Partners, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students.

Sara Mead

Ezra Klein discussed the problems with current government policies regarding early childhood education, and how they can be remedied with Bellwether’s Sara Mead.

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