Online University Education in Canada

There is more activity in online learning (or, at minimum blended learning) in higher education than most universities realize. When I was at University of Manitoba, we tried to get a sense of what faculty were doing with technology in …

NEA Program Provides Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners


When Maricela Rincón first started school she was sent to the back of the room because she didn’t speak English. Even though she was born in Chicago, Maricela felt isolated and rejected because she spoke only Spanish.

“At that time …

College Readiness Program Helps Transform Struggling School


Good ideas come at any time.  Playing with your children. Cooking.  During the commute. Albert Einstein once asked, “Why is it I always get my best ideas while shaving?”

Ed Small, principal of Academy Park High School in Sharon …

School Reform: Baseball Bats to Bad Data

Remember when Joe Clark… was the face of educational reform? The former Principal of Eastside High School in Paterson, NJ patrolled the hallways of his out-of-control institution in the 1980s with only a bullhorn and a baseball bat, fighting poverty,

Working with library support staff

Note: This week I am on a “writing holiday” from my day job. I’m using the time to work on a revision of my 1997 book The Indispensable Librarian. (Personally, I think it is still just fine, but others

Collaboration Marks Evaluation Reform in Michigan District


Some critics of America’s public schools say teachers don’t want to be held accountable for the challenges of struggling schools. Not true. In fact, teachers demand to be held accountable and they’re the first to say, “The status quo must …

Twenty + years of working with advisory groups

Note: This week I am on a “writing holiday” from my day job. I’m using the time to work on a revision of my 1997 book The Indispensable Librarian. (Personally, I think it is still just fine, but others

How Family Involvement is Helping in Utah


If it hadn’t been for parental involvement at Glendale Middle School, a large group of girls would be failing gym class for one simple reason – they couldn’t wear the uniform.

Nearly a quarter of the student population at …

More Hungry Kids, Greater Need for School Meals


As partisan clashes in Congress continue to delay decisions on measures that would provide some relief for middle class and poor Americans, a growing number of families are relying on free and reduced-price meals to prevent their children from …

NEA’s Van Roekel Takes Heat for Commentary With TFA’s Kopp

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel is taking a beating from some members for daring to pen an op-ed piece with Wendy Kopp, the president of Teach For America, in which they agree on some very (repeat, very!) …