New report highlights the role of the Higher Education Act in addressing America’s skills deficit.
If we don't make policy changes soon, according to a new report, America runs the risk of losing its fastest-growing resource: students who speak two languages.
Linguistic diversity is increasing among American K-12 students but policies for dual language learners aren’t keeping pace with the demographic shifts in our schools. Policies vary incoherently from state to state and worse, almost none follow the latest science on how young children learn a second language. The Weekly Wonk spotlights the findings of New America senior researcher Conor P. Williams, who weighs in on the realities and ramifications of this chaos.
Few issues these days bring the rhetorical heat like education. So I probably shouldn’t have been surprised to see a new attack site purporting to reveal “The Real Campbell Brown” as a right-wing mouthpiece shilling for Wall Streeters. After all, Brown is a leader in an ongoing legal fight in New York — where several lawsuits are seeking to replicate a recent California court’s decision striking down a number of the state’s teacher tenure rules (Vergara v. California).
Education writer Conor P. Williams has what he calls a “front-row seat” to the conversation about public education. And that close-up view can be pretty ugly, he writes in Talking Points Memo.
While high-quality preschool tops the agenda for many federal, state, and local officials, kindergarten—widely considered the first year of formal schooling—has received far less attention.
Also, Lisa Guernsey closes out Monday's show to promote and discuss her latest book Screen Time: How Electronic Media - From Baby Videos to Educational Software - Affects Your Young Child. As a mother of two young daughters Lisa wondered what television, videos, and digital media in general was doing to her children, and her book is the end result of her resolve to find out.
Williams is a senior researcher with the New America Foundation, which means he is not only sifting through a lot of data, but has a lot of opinions as well. From Talking Points Memo to The Daily Beast, Williams' opinions seem to be all over the net. Given the large amount of work he is producing, there is constantly something new to read. Williams also appears to be pretty accessible, often engaging with other twitter users and followers about the content he writes.
Teachers unions are fighting back against a California ruling that gutted two things they hold sacred: tenure laws and seniority provisions. But they face an uphill battle to reshape their image as opponents—and even some allies—say they are standing in the way of needed improvements in education.
It can be hard to be in love. At first, things are intoxicatingly new. Your object of desire changes everything about your life—you go on to everyone you know about how your life is fundamentally altered, about how you think that this time might really be the one.
Mayor Bill De Blasio’s signature campaign project is set to launch next week, with over 50,000 students enrolled. On-air guest panel of experts, including Conor Williams, senior early education researcher, New America Foundation.
Charters educate just five percent of America’s student—yet they dominate this year’s rankings, thanks to one very simple key to success.
With growing public interest in how states and localities provide access to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, policymakers are increasingly being forced to confront the numerous, contradictory ways in which children’s learning opportunities are measured.
"New York is trying in a matter of six months to build the entire system that DC's got twice or three times over," says Conor Williams, a senior researcher on early education at the New America Foundation. "Don't get me wrong, they have some really smart people… Barring someone with supernatural powers, I just don't know how they get this done in the time they have allotted."
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Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at the New America Foundation, said the joint actions show that "policy makers want to dig deeper and see what—if anything—works, for whom it works, and under what conditions it works."