One of the many things the pandemic has illuminated is where schools get stuck. For more than a year, millions of children attended school remotely, and yet the quality of that instruction remained hostage to the capacities of geographically determined school districts.

For me, this period has brought back thoughts of Education Unbound, which I penned more than a decade ago. The book sketched a vision of what I call “greenfield schooling.” The premise is simple: Profound educational improvement requires more than fine-tuning systems that have evolved over two centuries; it requires policymakers and educational leaders to revisit organizing assumptions about the grammar of schooling.


The Greenfield Path to School Improvement





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The Greenfield Path to School Improvement

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State Policymakers can help clear away the rubble that impedes vibrant reform.





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Moving toward Competency-Based Professional Learning

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