Business Roundtable | CEO Solutions for Closing the Skills Gap

Jun 13th, 2017

In a new report by the Business Roundtable—Work in Progress: How CEOs Are Helping Close America’s Skills Gap—some of the nation’s foremost business leaders go on record to reveal what their respective companies are doing to address the nation’s growing…

Andy Rotherham | Playing Musical Catch-Up

Jun 5th, 2017

I don’t have a catchy lede or an excuse. I told Jason I’d write about some shows, but work has kept me from it. So here are some I’ve seen these past few months, and in a few cases hosted. My…

New Jersey’s Specialized High Schools

May 24th, 2017

New Jersey education leaders have transformed vocational education into something parents are choosing and students are excelling in. And perhaps most importantly, they’re showing that rigorous CTE isn’t something meant to replace the college track, but to give students a…

Dale Chu | The Brave New Post-NCLB World

May 8th, 2017

The plans states are drafting under the Every Student Success Act or ESSA (pronounced “ESS-UH”) are all the rage. It’s now been a month since the initial batch of ESSA plans (15 states and D.C.) was submitted to the U.S….

Teacher Shortages: General or Concentrated Issue?

Apr 27th, 2017

In recent years, school districts across the country have been struggling with teacher shortages and have been using unlicensed or substitute teachers to fill the gaps. Shortages are most common in targeted, high-need areas such as special education and STEM…

Tim Taylor | The London Souls

Apr 18th, 2017

Band: The London Souls Venue: Lost Lake Lounge The London Souls are a two-piece rock and roll band from New York City. Back on November 8, 2016 I saw Sturgill Simpson and raved about these guys as an opening act….

Chris Barron & Mary Blanusa | Lynn Drury Band

Apr 10th, 2017

Musical Act: Lynn Drury Band (described as NOLAmericana music) Venue: French Quarter Festival City: New Orleans, Louisiana The Achieve Coalition Support Network Equity & Excellence meeting took place in New Orleans and overlapped with the French Quarter Festival. After two…

Are HS Diplomas Preparing Graduates for Their Future?

Apr 4th, 2017

Although high school graduation rates may be at an all-time high, researchers are saying that the value of a high school diploma is at an all-time low. When measured against factors such as income, college preparedness, jobless rates, and employer…

School Accountability Systems Redesign

Mar 29th, 2017

States across the country are wrestling with how to redesign their school accountability systems under the new federal ESSA law, and hopefully they’re taking advantage of some additional flexibility to get creative and innovative.