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Why do I need to learn THIS?
by Jeff Camp | October 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

As we think about ways to improve our schools, the idea of helping kids see the importance of their school work often comes up. Turns out there are a lot of people working on ways to not only get kids to ask the question "why am I learning this?" but to help them to answer it.

Bye Bye API.
by Jeff Camp | September 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

California's API, a one-number measure of school quality that only reflected test scores, will soon be obsolete. The process for judging schools in the future is currently a topic for discussion and the public is invited to provide its opinion.

School's Back in Session: New Lessons to Learn
by Jeff Camp | August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This school year will be full of new experiences as educators and parents alike start implementing their school district's Local Control Accountability Plan and reflecting on how to improve it in the years to come.

Happy 100th, You Good-For-Nothing Moms!
by Jeff Camp | April 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Mothers' Day was officially added to the calendar 100 years ago. Moms aren't paid to be moms. If you had to pay for them, what would it cost? Well, it depends...

A Tandem Bike for Local-State School Finance
by Jeff Camp | April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

A lower passage threshold for parcel taxes would significantly expand the number of districts able to muster the political support to pass them... But there's a problem. On its own, the plan stinks. There is an alternative.

How much does it cost to provide a K-12 education?
by Jeff Camp | April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the course of a public K-12 education, how much money will be invested in the average California student? How much does a basic, public K-12 education actually cost? Do you know? Can you guess?

How Dare You!
by Jeff Camp | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

I recently sent a brusque email reply to a colleague. Yes, of course that was a dumb thing to do. But then again, she had it coming, right? How dare she! Indignation is a powerful emotion. It brings out our inner knuckle-dragging primate, primed for a fight.

The EdPrezi
by Jeff Camp | February 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

The EdPrezi is an interactive, graphical view of the contents of Ed100, which summarizes the Big Ideas that compete for prominence regarding how to change education. You can "zoom out" to see the big picture, "zoom in" to see summaries of particular ideas, and "link out" for more details. It is one

How Should the Success of Schools Be Measured?
by Jeff Camp | December 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

The proper measure for the success of schools is EACH. Each student, each teacher, each class, each day.

Schools Are Like Businesses
by Jeff Camp | November 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

Schools are like businesses, but not in the way most think...This post is a good discussion-starter to help diverse groups talk about how schools work, including the roles that students, teachers and administrators play.

Kids Can Teach
by Jeff Camp | October 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

What would happen if you cemented an internet-connected computer into a wall in an impoverished area of an Indian city? Enterprising education researcher Sugata Mitra decided to find out.

Can the Content of Character Be Measured?
by Jeff Camp | October 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

A focus on character is nothing new; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. emphasized it in his "I Have a Dream" speech, for example. But schools are pretty inconsistent in their treatment of character as part of the scope of education. There are some approaches...

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