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What Is A Standard Deviation?

A brief explanation of standard deviations, a statistical measure used frequently in education research and policy.

The Middle Ground Between Opt Out And All In

Michelle Rhee's recent op-ed arguing against opting out of standardized tests should provoke concerns even among those who agree with its general conclusion.

New York City: The Mississippi Of The Twenty-First Century?

Many New York City schools are doubly segregated by race and class, and this concentration of social and economic need should provoke shame and outrage.

What Is Implicit Bias, And How Might It Affect Teachers And Students? (Part One)

The research on implicit bias is fascinating, but the fact that it is automatic, and therefore outside of our conscious control, can be harder to stomach.

When Growth Isn’t Really Growth, Part Two

Simple proficiency rate and score changes don't tell us anything about a school's effectiveness, but what do they tell us?

Estimated Versus Actual Days Of Learning In Charter School Studies

Some studies convert charter school impacts into additional "days of learning." What if we compare these with the actual number of additional days they offer?

Valuing Home Languages Sets The Foundation For Early Learning

Candis Grover discusses her own experiences raising her children bilingually, and some excellent resources to help parents do so.

SIG And The High Price Of Cheap Evidence

The Department of Education's annual release of SIG data shows how using bad evidence is a bad idea, even when it supports one's conclusions in the short term.


Good Schools Seminar:

Creating Safe & Supportive Schools

March 25, 2014
Watch the seminar HERE

Conversation Series

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education
Held the second Wednesday of the month,
co-sponsored with the American Federation of Teachers.


IX. Governing American Education

May 14, noon-2:00


VIII. American Education in Global Perspective

April 9, 2014
Watch the conversationHERE.

VII. The Future of Teacher Education and Preparation
March 12, 2014
Watch conversationHERE.

VI. Philanthropy and Democratic Education: Friends or Foes?
Feb 12, 2014
More information & registration HERE

V. Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline January 8, 2014
Watch the conversation here.

IV. Early Childhood Education: The Word Gap & The Common Core
December 11, 2013
Watch the conversation here.

III. Quality Assessments for Educational Excellence, November 13, 2013
Watch the Conversation HERE.

II. Civic Purposes of Public Education and the Common Core, October 9, 2013
Watch the Conversation HERE

I. The Use and Misuses of Value-Added in Teacher Evaluations: Three Perspectives, September 11, 2013

Watch the conversaton HERE.

Democracy's Champion: Albert Shanker and the International Impact of the American Federation of Teachers


Fulfilling the Promise of a Quality Education for All: 21st Century Career-Technical Education

co-sponsored with the United Federation of Teachers
For conference materials go HERE.

AFT-Shanker Institute Summit on CTE and Perkins Authorization
Monday, Feb. 3. More information and livestream here


Lesson Plans on the March on Washington

This year (2013) is the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Institute wanted to make a special contribution to this commemoration by publishing lesson plans and materials that K-12 teachers across the country can use in their classrooms. For the lesson plans and other resources, go HERE.


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