Executive Director David Steiner addressed the importance of rigorous standards and high-quality curriculum and instruction with state and local leaders at the Alliance’s High School Advisory Group Meeting.
The possibility of a new federal tax credit for private-school choice has highlighted the lack of legal protections for LGBT students in school settings. This absence stands in marked contrast to the extensive legislative and judicial mandates on schooling and race, as Michael Petrilli noted recently.
Scholars often write books about historical wrong turns, but seldom with such optimism about righting them as in historian Ashley Rogers Berner’s No One Way to School: Pluralism and American Public Education.
The latest book of Ashley Rogers Berner (Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy and Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, USA) is both an attack on the wrong turns towards uniformity in American public education and a strong call for a change in the American framework…
Education debates in the United States often occur between two poles. On the one hand, we have the libertarian impulse, which valorizes free markets, competition, and parental choice; on the other, we find a visceral defense of the district school.
David Steiner, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, has been appointed to the Maryland State Board of Education for a four-year term by Gov. Larry Hogan. His appointment is effective retroactively to July 2016. Steiner, also a member of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education and former commissioner…
The 74 highlights the Institute’s recent report on curriculum impact and quotes Executive Director David Steiner.
How do we prepare the next generation to become active citizens, and what role do schools play in that process? Political scientists often refer to four common measures of citizenship behavior: community service, civic skills, political knowledge, and political tolerance. These measures reflect a combination of knowledge about the democratic process, democratic capacities such as…
Executive Director David Steiner’s recent curriculum research highlighted in “Curriculum Becomes a Reform Strategy” by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Fordham Institute.
In The Christian Science Monitor article, “No Taxes for Teachers: California Tries to Hold on to Good Educators,” David Steiner discusses the reasons for the teacher shortage in California and other parts of the country.
David Steiner’s review of The Case for Contention by Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson for Education Next.
Hannah-Jones’s article is misguided in at least two respects. First, she assumes that “public education” can mean only one thing: a uniform structure delivered exclusively by the state. The United States is virtually alone in this; most democracies enjoy educational pluralism, in which the state funds many types of schools and holds them to the same…
The Texas Private Schools Association’s most recent newsletter highlights and recommends No One Way to School: Pluralism and American Public School Education by Deputy Director Ashley Berner.
In a recent U.S. News & World Report opinion piece by Robert Pondiscio, Deputy Director Ashley Berner weighs in about school choice and the importance of changing the conversation about the U.S. education system.
The Alliance for Excellent Education webinar highlighted its recently released case study on schools and districts that use the OECD Test for Schools to drive improvement efforts.
The future of American education will very likely involve a return to its roots: A diverse or plural school system. Did you know that the United States had pluralistic school systems in its first 100 years? If you are an education leader, teacher, school board member, legislator, parent, or care at all about schools, I’ve recently discovered…
On January 31, 2017, The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Global Learning Network held a webinar to highlight the release of a new issue brief on schools and districts that use the OECD Test for Schools to drive improvement efforts. Deputy Director Ashley Berner joined the panel for this discussion.
If we worry about whether the children of Muslim immigrants will be tempted to jihadist violence, perhaps we should encourage schools in which they learn a truer version of Islam. Early findings from a study underway at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia in partnership with Boston University suggest…
When it comes to public education, the U.S. stands apart from many industrialized democracies. It excludes private and faith-based schools, and has generally relied on local governments as the sole providers of publicly supported education in a geographic area.
A new volume by Johns Hopkins University researcher Ashley Berner argues this arrangement is largely an accident of history. She points to a new definition of public education, which is publicly funded and publicly accountable — and encompasses private schools.
On October 27, 2016, Institute Director David Steiner spoke with Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, about his district’s adoption of some of the country’s highest-ranked curricula and the consequences for teaching and learning in Jacksonville, FL.
“We should stop sentimentalizing the traditional public school and open ourselves to a different way of doing public education,” writes Ashley Rogers Berner in her invigorating and highly readable new book, Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School.
American policymakers seldom view curriculum as a serious lever for change. This is unfortunate, since national and international research finds that a challenging curriculum leads to deeper learning and narrows achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students.
Ashley Berner answers questions about her new book and approach to education in America, the costs of state-sponsored uniformity in education, and the place of religious schools in a pluralist system.
“I loved this book. I’ve read a lot of books about education, and they are rarely this clear and thoughtful.” That’s how an anonymous reviewer on Amazon reacted to No One Way to School, a new book on pluralism in American education by Ashley Rogers Berner.
David Steiner discusses strategies to address Maryland’s under-performing schools with WYPR Midday’s Tom Hall and Baltimore Sun’s Liz Bowie.
U.S. News and World Report mentioned the Institute in an article about the importance of high-quality instructional materials and curriculum.
We are delighted to announce the publication of Deputy Director Ashley Berner’s new book: No One Way to School: Pluralism and American Public Education.
David Steiner speaks as part of a keynote panel highlighting the effects from the Coleman Report and challenges in education today at Purdue University’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report.
David Steiner speaks with Ryan Wise, Director of Education, Iowa State Department of Education, on Iowa’s new Teacher Leadership System.
During the 2016 SREE Legislative Conference, David Steiner has a candid one-on-one discussion with Dr. Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. The conversation focused on the functions that research and research-based policy and practice might play in the rapidly evolving role of states with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
David Steiner appeared on Maryland Public Television to discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed into law on December 10, 2015.
U.S. News & World Report published a piece about Dr. David Steiner and the new education policy institute he has founded at Johns Hopkins.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Education, the nation’s number one ranked graduate school of education, will open a policy institute this summer to translate rigorous research into a prominent force for change, to initiate research projects and to analyze important issues in public forums. David M. Steiner, a former New York state education commissioner,…