Top of the Class Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   Teachers in these top-performing systems see themselves as trained researchers who can diagnose student needs, try out new practices, and assess their impact on student learning. While a few select programs in the United States also...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Bob Rothman Leaders from Maryland and national education experts lauded a blueprint for education reform released by a 25-member Maryland commission and said it could vault the state into global leadership in education performance and serve as a...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the sixth of NCEE's series of conversations on critical topics in education and innovation, Anthony Mackay sits down with Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. In her...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   Many Americans believe that comparisons between performance of students in the United States and other countries are unfair or irrelevant because top-performing countries are homogeneous while the U.S. is uniquely diverse. Yet the latest release from...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   The most socio-economically advantaged students in the United States and in Hong Kong performed at about the same level on collaborative problem solving skills on PISA 2015. However, the most disadvantaged students in the U.S. performed...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Monica Pfister At a recent event celebrating the release of The Early Advantage 2: Building Systems That Work for Young Children, the product of a multi-year study of innovative early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems led by...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   Maryland has allocated more than $850 million in extra funding to public schools over two years based on recommendations from the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. The money will go toward increasing teacher...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the fifth of a series of conversations on critical topics in education and innovation, Anthony Mackay sits down with Vicki Phillips, Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society. Phillips oversees the Society’s...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education has recommended that the state expand its current early childhood education program so that all 4-year-olds, regardless of income, and all 3-year-olds from low-income families have an...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="21229" img_size="large" style="vc_box_shadow" onclick="custom_link" qode_css_animation="" link="http://ncee.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/FINAL-REPORT-FINLAND-2019.pdf"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]On March 14-15 this year, education ministers, master teachers, national union leaders, and education organization leaders from countries with high performing and rapidly improving educational systems met in Helsinki...