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Aug 13, 2012

Thoughts on public education

When considering topics for this post, I looked into some similar education-focused blogs. I was quickly reminded that: 1) people bring profound passion to the public discourse on educational policy, and 2) I am no expert on the public discourse on educational policy. For a relative newcomer like myself, this combination can inspire one minute and intimidate the next. Fortunately I’m with an organization (and in a field) that thrives off of questions.

  • Policy
Aug 9, 2012

What does Oregon's NCLB waiver look like in the classroom? A parent's perspective

During the last few years there has been much debate over whether or not No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has led to improvements in education.  From my time volunteering in my son’s classroom over the last six years I have noticed a stronger emphasis on testing. Students are spending recesses inside to take tests and using library time to learn testing techniques. The numbers needed to pass the OAKS math and reading tests are posted in all hallways. There are notes to parents stressing they be especially mindful of bedtimes and extracurricular activities during testing weeks.

  • Policy
Aug 7, 2012

Thinking about the Common Core state standards

I am the type of person who spends a lot of time thinking about projects.  As an undergraduate chemistry major, I performed many “thought experiments” (to borrow the term credited to Galileo).  I changed temperatures and times and concentrations, all the while keeping track of how those changes altered the outcome of my experimental set ups, all in the comfort of the quiet study area just off the floor of the main lab facility.  My lab partner always thought I was crazy for spending so much time and effort in thought; his approach was much more the “get out there and get messy” approach.  H

  • Policy
Jul 23, 2012

"IB for all!"

“IB For All." That is the motto at the International School of Beaverton (ISB). The teachers swear to it, parents buy into it; the students live it day in and day out. ISB is a unique school, in theory and in practice. The “I” in ISB comes from its unprecedented goal: to fully immerse every ISB student in the full International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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