A Smarter Charter: Book Release and Response

As charter schools grow in number and popularity across the country, more and more people are beginning to examine what makes charters successful and what role they should play in education policy. In their new book A Smarter Charter, Richard Kahlenberg and Halley Potter focus on the role charters can play in school integration andRead More

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To our visitors, I want to welcome you to the City University of New York’s Institute for Education Policy. The Institute is the city’s first university-based policy analysis and research institute explicitly focused on the challenges we face in our PK-20 education system. The CUNY Institute, which is appropriately housed at Roosevelt House (the historic homeRead More

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BY MAI MIKSIC | Children start school with varying degrees of “school readiness,” or preparedness for full-time schooling. School readiness includes measures such as children’s socialization level, ability to sit and pay attention, and/or knowledge of the alphabet and numbers. School readiness is also predictive of academic achievement later in life (Duncan et al., 2007),Read More

Director's Perspective

The Coming Common Core Assessments: How They Could Stop Patronizing our Students

BY DAVID STEINER |  We are at a critical juncture for education reform in America: forty-six states have adopted a brand-new set of English Language Arts Common Core State Standards for college- and career-readiness, and most are on the verge of implementation. I supported the adoption of the Standards as Commissioner of Education in NewRead More

Reports from the Field

The Flipped Classroom

BY CATHERINE JOHNSON | Flipped classrooms came to my New York district by stealth. Months after teachers had begun “turning learning on its head,” as the newsletter would eventually put it, school-board members had not heard the term “flipped classroom” and did not know what a flipped classroom was. By the time they found out, highRead More