Can we make our cities smarter?

Cities are gaining momentum as incubators for innovation. There is much excitement about the idea of cities as “laboratories of democracy.” As a result, cities can learn best practices from one another. Sharing this information can build a strong foundation to amplify and encourage experimentation. Recognizing the power of shared learning, Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership […]

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The Common Core Has Not Killed Literature

Contrary to what some skeptics argue, the new standards don’t suck an appreciation for traditional wisdom out of English class. By Meaghan Freeman, New York Fellow By now almost every teacher in the country has experienced the Common Core State Standards. We’re teaching and assessing them; we’re advocating for them or pushing against them. We’re explaining […]

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Chantilly High School and The Global Learning Network

Chantilly High School, in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, has always performed well on standardized assessments. In 2012, they voluntarily participated in the OECD Test for Schools to determine how they compare to schools globally. The results pointed to some unexpected realities about students’ abilities to analyze and apply information, their reading skills and […]

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Why One District Added Another Test

Located in a suburban area fifteen miles from downtown Seattle, the Bellevue School District in Washington serves 19,500 students in 28 schools. Once a district with little racial, cultural, or economic diversity, the demographics of the community and our students have shifted significantly. While the number of children from economically challenged homes has risen, so […]

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How Constituent Feedback can Help Government

Social entrepreneurs are leading the way by using ‘constituent feedback’ to understand better what is working, for whom and in what circumstances. Consider, for example, the American non-profit organization LIFT, which has spent 15 years helping people lift themselves out of poverty. Recently, it has built on its success and improved outcomes by listening to […]

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An Afternoon with Peter Orszag and Jim Nussle

Everyone listened in excitedly as Nina Easton introduced the panelists to the audience that had gathered at the JFK Jr. Forum yesterday. As senior editor and columnist of Fortune Magazine and former resident fellow at the Institute of Politics, Easton experienced nothing short of an award-winning career with interviews of various luminaries including Hillary Clinton […]

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A struggle worth having for students

When the Common Core State Standards were rolled out in Colorado in 2010, it was a challenge. At first, my colleagues and I at Doull Elementary in southwest Denver struggled to understand this monumental change. We read the documents, pored over the appendices and wrestled with the terminology. Teachers sat around lunch tables debating the […]

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