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Now available: videos from NewSchools Summit 2010 general sessions

Were you paying attention at the NewSchools Summit in DC this spring? Think you know who makes what plea to the entrepreneurial education movement? Then match the speaker with the memorable quote: 1. “No more Mister Nice Guy.” 2. “All means all.” 3. “The challenge before you now is to make these extraordinary successes a little less extraordinary.” 4. “Go hard or go home.” A. Susan Colby, Bridgespan Group B. Chancellor Michelle […] Read more

NewSchools Summit 2010 in a thousand words or less

Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but this one only hints at the range of conversation that took place between the Secretary (of Education) and the Chairman (of the House’s HELP committee) in one of the most talked-about sessions at NewSchools Summit 2010 last month. We’ve uploaded this photo and many others from NewSchools Summit 2010 as a set on our new Flikr photostream. (For fun, make your own scorecard of fashion hits and […] Read more

The Secretary and the Chairman: A conversation with Arne Duncan and George Miller

Attendees at the NewSchools Summit 2010 were treated to a special conversation between Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Representative George Miller, and NewSchools CEO Ted Mitchell.  The lively conversation covered the topical Investing In Innovation Fund (application deadline is this afternoon!), Race to the Top funding, special education, financing college, teacher training, and much more. Secretary Duncan rallied the troops, calling the educational reform movement a “generational opportunity”. The excitement surrounding the […] Read more

Scaling Impact: Answering the Administration’s Call

Susan Colby of The Bridgespan Group took audience members on a brief history tour of the education reform movement while highlighting the significant media attention and success stories from the charter school movement. At each turn, Colby focused on the growth of the entrepreneurial sector in the past decade, drawing attention to their influence on the American education landscape. “Look to your right and left; the people in this room have touched […] Read more

Guest post: Closing the Achievement Gap – The Edupreneur Way

This guest post was written by  Ellen Winn of the Education Equality Project, a national, bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap. The recent death of achievement-gap closing hero Jaime Escalante (whose story was brought to life via the film “Stand and Deliver”) has got me thinking anew about how we can close the achievement gap. If Escalante did one thing, he debunked the myth that “those” kids – the […] Read more

Guest post: What Race to the Top Says About Education Entrepreneurs

This guest post comes from Ariela Rozman, chief executive officer of The New Teacher Project, an entrepreneurial organization that is changing the conversation about teacher effectiveness across the country.Discussion of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competition often resembles coverage of a major political campaign. Most of the focus is on the horse race—who’s winning and who’s losing. But more important than the handicapping is the long-term reform that this modestly-sized […] Read more

Education as a Civil Right

Earlier this month, on the 45th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled the Department’s latest initiative to close the achievement gap by revitalizing its Office for Civil Rights. The job of the Office for Civil Rights is to enforce laws that protect students from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, and disability status. It also oversees Title VI of the […] Read more

Another $4 Billion for Education: More “By a Factor of a Lot”

Way back in 2009, as the stimulus was taking shape, President Barack Obama made clear that results-oriented education reform was an essential part of his plan for national recovery. Over the past couple of weeks, President Obama has unveiled his vision for changing education, through his first State of the Union speech and through the unveiling of his 2011 budget proposal. The President’s budget represents a request – one that Congress must […] Read more