IDEAS, INSIGHT & CIVIL DISCOURSE issue 1 / March 2017

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This is a real chance to set a clear vision — and now there's also flexibility to pursue those visions. Both Kane and Weingarten are optimistic about what ESSA could be, and both also agree that its success turns on…

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

Not just engage in a new way–but engage in the way that people (including teachers and principals!) imagined them in the first place: a chance to stop senseless checklist exercises and actually help people engage in continuous improvement over time.

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

So many folks have observed that teachers' unions have played an essential role in the past when it came to fair working conditions and salaries, but that unions don't seem to be "looking forward" when it comes to the future…

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

The big question is whether we'll successfully navigate the transition away from reforms to education that happen largely outside the realm of teaching and leadership toward a reform movement that is driven by practitioners.

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

The promise of the new law sets the stage, but the actions of the those responsible for carrying it out on the frontline build the foundation of trust to empower teacher voice and agency.

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

I understand the concern about moving backward and potentially losing any learning or progress on some scale, but I wonder if sometimes growth happens laterally, and to engage teacher voice and really foster teacher agency we might need to diverge…

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

The opportunity for the potential of common ground offered between these two, often opposing very different views, is that now is the time to ‘look local’ and capture and act upon the real voice of our education system. And build…

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

Both Ms Weingarten and Dr. Kane point to the peril of the current administration's marginalization of local and especially parent voice. Yet both point to the strength ,already built in so many areas of public education in the form of…

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

Innovation happens when you listen to the people who are closest to kids...

— Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers