August 22, 2014 - 8:33:11 posted by Juliana Ramirez

Quality Teachers for All

For many families, back-to-school season means shopping for new clothes, buying school supplies, getting kids used to waking up early again, and being back on carpool duty. But for me, this time of the year means I must, once again, research the classes and teachers my little sister is assigned to. Read More»

Topics: Parent Empowerment, Teacher Quality, Teachers

August 21, 2014 - 4:43:28 posted by Jacob Waters

Working Through the Challenges of Reform

High quality assessments are a critical part of an effective education. Data from assessments gives teachers, school leaders, parents, and policymakers the information they need to adjust programs and instruction to ensure that all kids are getting the effective education they deserve. Read More»

Topics: Teacher Quality, Teacher Evaluation, Teachers

August 20, 2014 - 12:20:03 posted by Alan Spero

How I transferred my son out of a low-performing school

As a staff member at StudentsFirst, I’m well aware of the challenges and frustrations parents face when they realize their kids are attending a failing or low-performing school; often their kids are trapped at these schools strictly due to their zip code, and it’s too costly to enroll them in a private institution (if one is even available). Read More»

Topics: Parents, Parent Empowerment

August 19, 2014 - 4:50:39 posted by Sean Gill

Public Supports Changing the Status Quo in Education

There’s no doubt that some of the policies for which StudentsFirst advocates challenge the status quo in education. But at the same time, we’ve always believed they are not only well-researched, but common sense.  Read More»

Topics: Teacher Tenure, Education Research, Parent Empowerment, Great Schools, Charter Schools, Common Core, School Choice, Great Teachers, Rewarding Effective Teaching, Teachers, StudentsFirst

August 14, 2014 - 8:30:24 posted by Sean Gill

Is KIPP’s success due to student attrition?

KIPP – the Knowledge is Power Program – is often heralded as one of the most successful networks of public charter schools.  Read More»

Topics: Education Research, Great Schools, Charter Schools

August 13, 2014 - 5:41:20 posted by Michelle Rhee

Our Next Chapter

I have always been drawn to opportunities that challenge the status quo and give a voice to causes that didn't have one before.  Read More»

Topics: StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee

August 08, 2014 - 7:37:55 posted by Halli Bayer

Back to School (Choice)

Kids’ schools are one of the only areas of our lives where adults still have hardly any choices or options. Read More»

Topics: School Report Cards, School Choice

August 06, 2014 - 10:50:51 posted by Elizabeth Kaoh, Yoga Ed.

The Missing Course: Life Skills

Are our school systems doing enough to support the mental health of our kids? Read More»

August 05, 2014 - 3:42:20 posted by Jacob Waters

Fact-Checking Randi Weingarten

The recent filing of two new lawsuits in New York has pushed forward an important national conversation on the impact of current teacher tenure and dismissal policies.  Read More»

Topics: Teacher Unions, Teacher Tenure

August 04, 2014 - 3:21:55 posted by StudentsFirst

Boies lays out the case for education reform

This morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, newly-appointed Partnership for Educational Justice chairman David Boies joined founder Campbell Brown to discuss education reform, teachers' unions, and tenure reform.  Read More»

Topics: Teacher Unions, Teacher Tenure

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