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  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- No Child Left Behind may have been faulty, but we still need to close the achievement gap.

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    By Kristina Costa, Center for American Progress

    Making your agency or organization into a center for innovation requires nothing less than a cultural transformation. You must change your agency from a cloistered, bureaucratic environment to an open and free-flowing organization committed to finding the best innovations.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Removing the lowest performing educators would pay big dividends, but saying so invites charges of "teacher bashing".

  • Publication
    By Kristina Costa, Center for American Progress

    Three Financing Principles to Guide Social Innovation

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Sounds like a great idea. But public schools might have more in common with the Boston Red Sox than the Oakland A's.

  • Publication
    By Jitinder Kohli, Center for American Progress

    Leadership Is the First Key to Unlocking an Innovation Culture in Government

  • Publication
    By Vicki Sellick, The Young Foundation

    Five Key Elements to Promoting an Innovation Culture in Government

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- If the eagerness to demonstrate some bipartisanship on education turns into a stampede, it’s not hard to see common ground between what Republican governors, Republican leaders in Washington, and the Obama Administration want — and that means a lot less accountability ...

  • Publication
    By Jitinder Kohli, Center for American Progress

    Four Key Obstacles to Innovative Solutions of Pressing Social Problems.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- As President Obama gets ready to put the debate about how to reform No Child Left Behind on the front burner, the GOP candidates can’t avoid education forever. As some start to drop hints about what their education plans might look like, here’s a handicapper’s guide to the leading contenders and their views — and record — on education.

  • Publication
    By Jitinder Kohli, Center for American Progress

    What does innovation in the public sector actually mean? Who is doing it well? And what should agency leaders do to promote innovation? These are among the questions this series will endeavor to answer.

  • Publication
    By Kim Smith and Julie Petersen

    Innovation isn’t solely the responsibility of those who supply it – the entrepreneurs who come up with new solutions and the investors and policymakers whose funds support them. It’s also reliant on the demand for it. In this paper, co-authors Kim Smith and Julie Petersen examine the demand for innovation by educator and student users, school and district buyers, policymakers, and others who provide funding for educational goods and services, like foundations and even parents. Strengthening, sharpening, and “smartening” the way these buyers and users find and implement innovation can make a big difference in bringing more productive, effective teaching and learning approaches to the kids and schools that need it.

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