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By Valerie Strauss
December 23, 2016

Lily Howard Scott is an educator who first worked with children as a teaching artist, visiting schools in Brooklyn and using playwriting and creative drama to help kids access curricula in unconventional ways. Lily says she believes that the most meaningful learning occurs when teachers design or adapt curricula to meet the needs, strengths, and interests of their students.

She describes the importance of retaining great teachers in public schools and explores the ways schools can attract them.


By Christiana Sturdivant
December 20, 2016

The D.C. Council voted unanimously today to install Antwan Wilson as D.C. Public School’s new chancellor, despite opposition from some groups that allege the nomination process violated the law. During his two-year stint in Oakland, Wilson was credited with increasing the system’s graduation rate by almost four percentage points, as well as decreasing suspension rates and investing in teacher pay, among other things.


By Jay Mathews
December 18, 2016

Scores on Virginia’s Standards of Learning math tests have gone up three years straight at Fairfax County’s J.E.B. Stuart High School. The improvement stems mostly from better teaching and more time for instruction, but a little-noticed part of this process deserves special mention.

Bill Horkan, a veteran math teacher at Stuart, says an innovation has been added involving a fact of human nature not usually taught in education schools.


By Alejandra Matos
December 18, 2016 

Luke C. Moore High School might not be typical, but the students there have the same big dreams as other D.C. public school students.

One of four alternative schools in the public school system, Luke serves students who did not do well elsewhere; nearly 70 percent of the student body is between ages 18 and 24, and all of them were not on track to get their diplomas in their neighborhood schools.


By Joe Heim
December 14, 2016

Head Start, the federal program that provides educaiton, nutrition and health services to low-income children and their families, is not adequately funded and is administered so differently from state to state that children do not benefit equally, according to a new report from the Naitonal Institute forEarly Education Research. 


By Christina Sturdivant
December 7, 2016

A day before his final education council hearing, Antwan Wilson greeted families, engaged with students, and observed classrooms this morning at an elementary school in Columbia Heights.


By Martin Austermuhle
December 7, 2016

When Michelle Rhee was made the first chancellor of D.C. Public Schools in 2007 under what was then the new system of mayoral control, no one knew much about her — nor what to expect. That was because Rhee had never held any leadership positions in any school system. Prior to becoming the D.C. schools chancellor, Rhee had been a teacher and head of a non-profit dedicated to helping urban schools.


By Emily Leayman
November 24, 2016

This year, the charter sector is celebrating a record number of high-quality schools that received top ratings under the D.C. Public Charter School Board’s nationally recognized accountability system, which ensures only quality schools stay open.

Of the 42 high-ranking schools, 23 achieved Tier 1 (high-performing) ratings the first time this fall.


 by Martin Austermuhle
November 22, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has picked Antwan Wilson, the superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District in California, to become the next chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. If confirmed by the D.C. Council, Wilson would be charged with leading a school system that has seen steady growth and gains over the last five years, but still struggles to overcome a stubborn achievement gap among the system's 45,000 students.


 by Perry Stein
November 20, 2016

The District’s finances were in shambles. The city’s schools were widely underperforming. Drugs and violence continued to decimate the city’s poorest neighborhoods in the 1990s, rendering Washington the nation’s murder capital.

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