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8 Teacher Truths in the Digital Era

During the recent London workshop of the Open Education Europa Tour, we identified 8 ideas for how to increase teacher adoption of good tech in the classroom. Learning aims, not tech dreams Teachers care about student learning. Best practices always start with a … Continue reading

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Education Technology on Trial

This week I wrote about the OECD’s new report on technology in education for the EC. It’s a vital call to action for all of us who think we are on the cusp of an education revolution. There are two types of people in … Continue reading

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Is It Time To Stop Tinkering With School Structures?

This week I featured in The Independent newspaper’s education pages. The article by Education Editor Richard Garner drew on an idea I shared with him and asked ‘Is it time to stop tinkering with school structures and invest in teachers instead?’ I plan more articles … Continue reading

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How to Improve the Quality of Girls’ Education?

Girls education matters. Last Sunday marked International Womens Day, and with it a round of new commitments. The OECD reported on the gender divide, the Obamas launched a campaign to improve the schooling of girls. Meanwhile the film India’s Daughters … Continue reading

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Doing What Matters, Doing It Together

How are the children? All the children are well. – Masai Greeting Across global education systems all is not well for the children. How much your parents earn overwhelmingly dictates how you’ll do in school. It’s why Enseña Chile started … Continue reading

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Better Teacher Performance in China

Amid the lush green hills in the east of Yunnan Province nestles the small town of Changning. Accessed via a leisurely taxi drive along the two lane highway from Baoshan, it is surprisingly tranquil, modern and – for a small … Continue reading

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A Strange and Magnificent Elementary School Teacher

In 1919, his state of mind fragile and feeling pulled ‘by all the devils in hell’, Wittgenstein enrolled in a training programme to embark on his new career as an elementary teacher in rural Austria. Anguished at the defeat of … Continue reading

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The Importance of Learning

I’ve just published a short essay in Teach First’s Policy First Publication. The paper outlines 10 policy recommendations to overcome key barriers to student learning in the 30% most disadvantaged schools in the country (as measured on the IDACI). My chapter … Continue reading

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Why Teachers Aren’t Like Quarterbacks

I wrote this short piece on teacher development for Teach First in response to a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell in which he  likens new teachers in the classroom to College quarterbacks starting in the NFL. He’s guilty of … Continue reading

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