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Shanker Blog

The Wonder In Language

For parents and children, closing the early word gap shouldn’t just be a race to 30 million words, but rather a walk together, full of wonder and exploration.

Will the SAT Overhaul Help Achieve Equity?

The question of whether the overhaul of the SAT will achieve greater equity and fairness for disadvantaged students is actually a question of curriculum.

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

Two more questions on implicit bias: How can we support teachers' orientation to get to know their students? What other strategies can mitigate implicit bias?

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?


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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