A Few Thoughts on Standardized Testing During Testing Season

From February through May you'll find a common emphasis across the nation's public schools. For weeks or months at a time schools prepare their students in what has become a hallmark of modern education--the standardized test. I have the privilege of serving some of our country's finest burgeoning minds as the interim principal of Midtown … Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Standardized Testing During Testing Season

Give (the Right) Charter Schools a Chance

As the school year comes to a close I’m seeing a plenteous number of posts about graduation statistics, poignant personal stories of teachers and students, and awe-inspiring tales of impact. No single school system’s achievements have consistently slapped me in the face like those of KIPP Delta’s. I had the privilege of serving at KIPP … Continue reading Give (the Right) Charter Schools a Chance

A New Evangelical Engagement with Public Schools

What part do evangelical Christians play in the mission of public education reform?  Often not a big one.  But this article, by Tom Krattenmaker on the Huffington Post, highlights two inspiring instances of churches partnering with local public schools to improve education.  Here's an excerpt... "A New Evangelical Engagement with Public Schools", written by Tom … Continue reading A New Evangelical Engagement with Public Schools

Educating All God’s Children: An Interview with Dr. Nicole Baker Fulgham

Sometimes it can seem like evangelical Christians have pressed the "mute" button when it comes to public education reform.  Who is talking about the Christian faith and how it compels us to work for justice in education?  What resources  are available for believers who want to learn more about connecting the Gospel and education for … Continue reading Educating All God’s Children: An Interview with Dr. Nicole Baker Fulgham

A Word of Advice to New Teachers: Excel in the Ordinary

About this time of year thousands of recent college grads and others will be receiving e-mails and letters telling them where and what they'll be teaching for the next two years of their lives. Teach For America is a non-profit that focuses on closing the achievement gap by recruiting our nation's top college-graduates and leaders for a … Continue reading A Word of Advice to New Teachers: Excel in the Ordinary