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The Finland Phenomenon

Susan Brenna
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I didn’t see many of the movies that were celebrated at the Academy Awards this past weekend, but I am grateful for the last movie I did see: The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System. Read full post

Where Justice Serves

Charissa Fernandez
Monday, February 27, 2012
Courthouses are often described as places where justice is served and when everything works as it should, they are. But during my recent visit to the United States Supreme Court, where I had the privilege of participating in an hour-long Q & A with Justice Sonia Sotomayor (fellow Bronx native!), I developed a new view of the Court. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for February 24, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Wallace Foundation and Big Thought launched www.creatingquality.org this week, a new website that provides information, tools and other resources to evaluate and improve the quality of arts education and creative learning in schools, after-school programs and summer learning opportunities. Read full post

“America’s Special Sauce”

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I couldn’t help but smile while reading Mike Petrilli’s commentary on the secret ingredient of American innovation this morning. Mike’s post was inspired by a recent meeting he had with a group of Japanese scholars visiting American schools, intent on discovering how America produces so many innovative leaders. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for February 17, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, February 17, 2012
In an Education Next interview with Frederick Hess, John White, the new Louisiana State Superintendent and former deputy superintendent at the NYCDOE, argues that “we need organizations that are actively building a sense of the community’s power to choose a better education for their children. Until we have that, our reforms will be provider-led rather than consumer-led; that’s sustainable for a while, but not in perpetuity.” Read full post

Data Walls and King Cakes

Christopher Caruso
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Last week, TASC hosted a two-day convening of the schools in our ExpandED national demonstration. Over 50 leaders from New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans gathered in New York to learn from one another, to share challenges and success, and to establish accountability practices. Read full post

A New Gallery in Harlem

Tiffany O'Neal
Thursday, February 2, 2012
I love exploring art galleries. If you were to happen upon my Facebook pics, you’d see I’m that person who takes pictures of the art hanging on the walls and the sculptures along the hallways. I’ll even pose with them as if I’m posing with a friend. So of course I had a great time at yesterday’s opening reception for the Rush Gallery at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School (TMALS), an ExpandED School in Harlem. Read full post

Digital Learning Beyond School

Lucy Friedman
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Today is Digital Learning Day, a great moment to reflect on the potential of informal educators who operate expanded learning time schools and after-school and summer programs to bring digital learning to kids with the fewest advantages. Read full post

Is It Our Common Core Too?

Susan Brenna
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Many forward-thinking NYC community educators and CBO leaders gathered at TASC today to discuss with Gregg Betheil how they can help their schools help students meet the newly instituted New York State Common Core standards. As Executive Director of the Office of School Programs & Partnerships for the NYC Department of Education, Gregg’s been taking his Common Core road show to museums, universities and all kinds of organizations that partner with teachers and principals to expand learning in schools. Read full post

Summary of Twitter #timechat

Jess Tonn
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
CBASS hosted a lively discussion on expanded learning with Elena Silva, Senior Policy Analyst at Education Sector and co-author of the report Reimagining the School Day: More Time for Learning, yesterday afternoon. Read full post

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