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Weekend Reading: Why do adults shut students out of education policymaking

Patrick Wall
  • Students can be “honest brokers” when it comes to evaluating education policy, so why don’t we let them have more of a say? The answer might say more about adults than it does about children. The Atlantic
  • A foundation that trains and funds teachers across the world will give $1 million this weekend to one of 10 finalists who have demonstrated innovative teaching practices and who are preparing students to be “global citizens.” NPR Ed
  • The former head of teacher evaluation work for the Tennessee Department of Education argues that the idea that the best teachers are fleeing the profession is a myth. Real Clear Education
  • Getting involved in schools is harder for immigrant parents, who often face language barriers and broader community hostility. Vox
  • Twelve-year-olds from New York City talk about goals, inspirations and the challenges of being on the cusp of adolescence. WNYC
  • The increasing number of families who opt out of standardized tests is putting pressure on states and districts who use test scores to evaluate teachers. The New Yorker
  • Behind the scenes at SXSWedu, one reporter wonders how relevant many of the presented tech ideas are to conversations about classrooms and learning. Hechinger
  • Commentary: A nonprofit program in Mississippi, Michigan and other cities around the country is initiating small concrete steps to get parents more involved in their children’s schools. Hechinger

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