Partnering to Lead Change in Education

The New Normal (Part V): Return, Re-entry, Recovery?

Posted by on May 3, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

A school closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic sits empty in New OrleansLAN WEI/XINHUA NEWS AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES As Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez once wrote, ““It is easier to start a war than to end it.” The same can be said about education’s battle with covid-19 — starting with the abrupt closing of over 90% of the schools around the country in March and leading to the return to school (or some variation thereof) in the...

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The New Normal (Pt IV): School budgets and the light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

With stunning speed the COVID crisis has disrupted most every sector of our society in immeasurable ways. For schooling, the changes have been particularly acute and abrupt. As Education Week points out in their report on closings, in just a few weeks “…  School closures due to coronavirus have impacted at least 124,000 U.S. public and private schools and affected at least 55.1 million students.” That’s over 90% of...

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The New Normal (Pt III): Navigating a new political battleground of which education is a part

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

This disheartening commentary from The Hill observes that the responses to the pandemic and a faltering economy are increasingly becoming defined simplistically by partisan affiliations rather than by science, evidence or circumstance.  From where I sit, this is a dangerous development that could lead us down a self-destructive path that will make recovery all the more distant and difficult. And suddenly schooling has been thrust into...

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The New Normal (Part II): Recovering from learning loss & revenue loss

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

In this recent WaPo article, Eric Gordon, chief executive for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said it best, “We have to have a recovery plan for education … I’m really worried that people think schools and colleges just flipped to digital and everything’s fine and we can just return to normal. That’s simply not the case.” Indeed, the recovery process for learning loss will result in a “generation of...

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The New Normal (Pt I)

Posted by on Apr 11, 2020 in The EDGEucator |

During this time of catastrophic danger and disruption throughout our country and around the world, people of all walks of life are posing existential questions about the future even while hoping almost desperately for things to just return to normal. Perhaps it is human nature to yearn most intensely for order and the old status quo when those uncontrollable feelings of uncertainty and chaos are most pervasive. But with each passing day...

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Charles Desmond, an EDGE Strategic Partner!

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in The EDGEucator |

Charles Desmond, chief executive officer of Inversant In January, 2016, Dr. Charles Desmond, a senior fellow at the New England Board of Higher Education and a higher education policy advisor to former Governor Deval Patrick, was appointed chief executive officer of Inversant, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps families learn about and save for college.  Since 2011, Dr. Desmond has served as a Senior Fellow at the New England Board...

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