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What Bill Belichick Teaches Us About School Improvement (opens in a new window)


February 20, 2024

After 24 seasons, six Super Bowl titles, and staking a claim to be considered the greatest NFL coach in history, Bill Belichick is out as coach of the New England Patriots. Belichick’s tempestuous tenure holds many lessons, including several with particular resonance for those working in education.

States Bet Big on Career Education, But Struggle to Show It Works (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

February 09, 2024

As college costs soar and demand for skilled labor rises, programs that prepare students for well-paid work are gaining popularity: In 2022, 36 states enacted policies promoting career training for high-schoolers, college students and adults. Yet many states struggle to answer a basic question: Is career education working?

The Rise and Fall of Finland Mania (opens in a new window)

Fordham Institute

January 19, 2024

In this piece, we’re going to revisit the greatest hype bubble in the history of international education to understand why Finland attracted such intense fascination, what we can learn from it, and wrestle with two uncomfortable questions: Was Finland’s success not real in the first place? Or did genuine triumph rapidly give way to unprecedented failure?

As teen suicide spikes, school policies may be making things worse (opens in a new window)

LA Times

December 01, 2023

Suicide has been a leading cause of death for young people for at least the last half-century. This year, for the first time, the median age for teen suicide in Los Angeles County has dropped to 16 — the youngest ever. As systems of care have withered, an old superstition has taken root: that talking about suicide would cause people in crisis to kill themselves.

Why School Board Elections Are Garnering National Attention (opens in a new window)

PBS Newshour

November 10, 2023

School board elections have become a new battleground in American politics, with typically non-partisan races becoming increasingly polarized and garnering national attention. That was true in this week’s election among a few closely watched counties. Julie Marsh, a professor of education policy at the University of Southern California, joins Geoff Bennett to discuss.

Much Ado About AI: Why I Built a Tool to Modernize Shakespeare’s Verse (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

November 07, 2023

There’s a good argument that Shakespeare is the world’s most popular author. About 90 percent of American schools assign Shakespeare to students. His work has been translated into more than 100 languages. Declare “To be or not to be,” and most will answer, “That is the question.” The Bard’s work is widely integrated across culture, education, and the modern English language. Despite this, people find Shakespeare hard. Some might even say too hard. Artificial intelligence (AI) offers a unique benefit: facilitating the reading experience of Shakespeare’s works.