Sometimes it seems as though education reformers, present company included, spend much of their time discussing the obvious: that good teaching matters, that learning to read by grade 3 is important, that early childhood learning is very valuable. But we also can be accused of ignoring or side-stepping the obvious,...
Usable Knowledge | September 13, 2018
Education Week | September 11, 2018
If a mother needs after-school child care to work extra hours but can't afford to pay for it, who is responsible for helping her figure it out? What about helping families find housing after a fire? A summer job for a high school student? Should city officials step in? Or...
Boston Globe | August 28, 2018
Somerville will be able to redesign the educational model for its Next Wave/Full Circle School through a recent funding award. The nonprofit Center for Collaborative Education, in partnership with the Somerville public schools, was one of five organizations selected to receive grants under the Barr Foundation Engage New England: Doing...
July 27, 2018
What exactly is the role of government? A few years ago, when I was Alameda County public health director, a local politician stunned me with his answer to that question.
Somerville Patch | June 21, 2018
The tuition-free, out-of-school program supports underserved middle and high school students in Boston, Cambridge and now Somerville.
9 Places Where Communities & Families Are Working Together in a New Social Compact for Student SuccessThe 74 | June 11, 2018
For too long, our answer to the problems of poverty, inequality, diminishing social mobility, and unfair access to learning opportunities has been “the schools will fix it.”
Usable Knowledge | June 1, 2018
A roadmap for comprehensive, collaborative, and citywide approaches to education reform. If you’re a school or city leader in almost any municipality in America, you’re confronting entrenched achievement gaps that consign lower-income, English learning, or minority students to poorer outcomes. Your city has any number of programs to support families,...
HGSE News | May 17, 2018
At a convening on May 15, the Education Redesign Lab wraps up the first phase of By All Means and takes a look at what's to come.
Usable Knowledge | May 11, 2018
Oakland wants every student to have the resources to attend college—and early successes offer lessons for school and city leaders everywhere. Educators and policymakers from every pocket of the United States have committed to increasing college access for minority and low-income students, but it remains an elusive goal.
Usable Knowledge | March 22, 2018
The connection is clear: Closing persistent achievement gaps between advantaged and less-advantaged students will require paying much more attention to what happens in the hours after school and over the summer . Those are the moments when higher-income children are more likely to gain enrichment — and expand their learning...