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“The Classroom is Obsolete: It’s time for something new”

Author: Prakash Nair

Summary: In this short and powerful piece, architect and school designer Prakash Nair outlines the a vision of learning spaces designed for the twenty-first century. Rather than continuing with the out-dated classrooms and... Read on...

A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education

Author: Economic Policy Institute Task Force

Summary: This report, initiated by a task force established by the Economic Policy Institute and signed by hundreds of educators, aims to broaden the goals and nature of education reform beyond academics and beyond the school... Read on...

A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future

Author: he National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

Summary: This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education's civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education and released at a White... Read on...

A Nation at Risk

Author: National Commission on Excellence in Education

Summary: A Nation at Risk is one of the most influential education policy reports in recent decades. Commissioned by President Reagan and Education Secretary T. H. Bell, this 1983 report set off what became a widespread belief... Read on...

A Year at Mission Hill - Report

Summary: This report tells the story of the reach and impact of the #YearatMH campaign of 2013, during which over 50 partner organizations helped spread the 10 chapters of the "A Year at Mission Hill" film to hundreds of... Read on...

All Our Ideas

Summary: All Our Ideas is a research project to develop a new form of social data collection that combines the best features of quantitative and qualitative methods. Using the power of the web, we are creating a data collection... Read on...

Autonomy, Belongingness, and Engagement in School

Author: Mark J. Van Ryzin, Amy A. Gravely and Cary J. Roseth

Summary: A powerful study connected to self-determination theory and student motivation, this study demonstrates the link between school culture and adolescent adjustment. It makes the case that if schools support student... Read on...

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Big Ideas in Science Education

Author: Multiple authors listed within report

Summary: "Big Ideas in Science Education", a blog post from Teaching Science presents Principles and Ideas of Science Education, a great informal resource for teachers of young scientists who want students to know what real... Read on...

Brain Facts: Learning, Memory, and Language

Author: Society for Neuroscience

Summary: A short and helpful primer on how the brain develops and learns. This is the basis for the broad research into neuroscience and it's implications for educational practice. Educators and researchers ought to understand... Read on...

Bronx Students Release 10-Point List of Demands to Reform NY Public Ed

Summary: Dubbing themselves The Resistance, a group of Bronx students have decided to “Occupy” public education, releasing a 10 point plan for reforming New York City's public school system. Some of their demands include "a... Read on...

Can Teachers Run Their Own Schools?

Author: Charles Taylor Kerchner with the assistance of Laura Steen Mulfinger

Summary: Through a case study of Avalon High School in Minnesota, this article explores the notion of democratic teacher-run schools where teachers collaboratively make school decisions rather than a single principal. Also... Read on...

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)

Summary: CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a set of... Read on...

CIrcles of Change

Author: Tracy A. Thompson

Summary: Lending circles, self-help groups, and study circles are all examples of one of the oldest and most effective tools for creating personal and social change. Leveraging the potential of Circles requires a clear... Read on...

Civil Rights Framework

Author: Multiple Authors

Summary: Leading civil rights organizations provide a Civil Rights Framework for the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. From the report: "As civil rights organizations, it is our responsibility to... Read on...

Color Lines: News For Action

Author: Color Lines: News For Action

Summary: Color Lines is an online journal which has made a home for journalists writing for racial justice since 1998. Color Lines publishes articles on a wide range of topics and includes a 'schools and youth' section which... Read on...

Community Learning Exchange

Summary: The Community Learning Exchange is a network of resilient local communities, vibrant organizations, and active change agents who share their local wisdom and collective leadership approaches with each other so they can... Read on...

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Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy Series

Summary: This powerful series was created by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

"Community organizing for school reform offers an urgently needed alternative to traditional... Read on...

Crisis in the Kindergarten

Author: Edward Miller and Joan Almon

Summary: Kindergarten has changed radically in the last two decades in ways that few Americans are aware. Children now spend far more time being taught and tested on literacy and math skills than they do learning through play... Read on...

Democracy at Risk: The Need for a New Federal Policy in Education

Author: The Forum for Education and Democracy

Summary: Report by the Forum for Education and Democracy that provides analysis and recommendations that call for a new federal role in education to provide every child with the skills needed to strengthen our democracy. Drafted... Read on...

Rated: 32121 (3/5), based on 2 reviews Posted in InformationResearchSchool Change and Education Reform

Democratic Classrooms: Promises and Challenges of Student Voice and Choice

Author: Kristan A. Morrison

Summary: A valuable primer for educators, students, and parents looking to bring democratic education practices into their schools and classrooms. This paper presents the history and theory of democratic education and explores... Read on...

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