Press

Youth Civic Competencies

Litan, R. (2020). True Debating Can Revolutionize Education and Eventually Improve Our Politics.

Mitigating COVID-19 Learning Loss

The 74 (2021). New Summer Learning Initiative, Launched Last Year as a 5-Week Pilot for Nearly 12,000 Students, Shows Promise For Improving Online Instruction.

Education Week (2020). Students Lost Time and Learning in the Pandemic. What 'Acceleration' Can Do to Help.

Sarah Cohodes (2020). A Better Fall is Possible. The Atlantic.

Chalkbeat (2020). Students will go back to school eventually. Here are 5 concrete ideas for helping them catch up, readjust

WISE (2020). High-Stakes Test Preparation in a Time of COVID-19.

School Turnaround & State Takeover

The 74 (2021). Do state takeovers of struggling school districts boost student learning? It depends on where they're tried, research suggests.

Chalkbeat (2021). Struggling schools don't get a boost from state takeovers, study shows.

Chalkbeat (2019). This turnaround model is spreading. Is it a better way to help struggling schools or just a new brand of takeover?

Providence Journal (2019). Mass. City, similar to Providence, widely recognized as a success story after state takeover.

WGBH Radio (2019). 'It Doesn't Make Sense': South End School Faces Budget Cuts After Years Of Academic Progress. 

School District Turnaround in Lawrence, MA

Boston Globe (2018). Intractable school challenges awaiting state’s new education commissioner. 

WBUR Radio / Boston's NPR News Station (2018). Jeff Riley Will Be Massachusetts' New Education Commissioner. 

Education Exchange Podcast (2018). School District Turnaround in Massachusetts

WBUR Radio / Boston's NPR News Station (2018). In Lawrence And Boston, Jeff Riley Seen As An Unconventional Innovator

Harvard Usable Knowledge (2016). Takeover to Turnaround: What States and Schools Can Learn from the Massachusetts Takeover of the Lawrence Public Schools. 

Fox News Boston (2016). Lawrence Students Choose School Over Vacation. 

Education Week (2015). State Takeover Gives Mass. District a Fresh Start. 

Harvard Gazette (2014). A Rising Tide: New Data Shows Troubled Public School System Turning Around

Portfolio Management Model of District Governance

Chalkbeat (2017). Advocates of the portfolio model for improving schools say it works. Are they right?

Vacation Academies

Chalkbeat (2018). Spring break at school? New research says it helps middle schoolers catch up. 

WBUR Radio / Boston's NPR News Station (2018). School Vacation 'Academies' Aim For 'Adrenaline Shot' Of Progress For Struggling Students — And Teachers

Matthew Kraft (2015). What if Every Struggling Student had a Tutor? Rick Hess' Straight Up, Education Week. 

School Reforms in Newark, NJ

The Economist (2019). Cory Booker Helped Turn Round Newark Schools

The 74 (2019). Cory Booker and Charter Schools: Before the New York Times Essay, What the Senator Has Said — and What Research Has Shown — About His Education Track Record in Newark. 

Vox (2019). Mark Zuckerberg wanted to help Newark schools. Newarkers say they weren’t heard.

The 74 (2019). Exclusive: During Booker Era, Study Shows Newark Schools Took Huge Steps Forward — and It’s Not Just Charters That Improved

Boston Globe (2018). Zuckerberg, Chan donate $30 million to literacy effort

Chalkbeat (2019). In Newark, Cory Booker’s most enduring legacy may be city’s spreading charter schools. 

Chalkbeat (2018). 'All eyes are on Newark': As the city regains control of its schools, a look at what's to come.  

USA Today (2017). What did Zuckerberg's $100 million buy in Newark? A bit of progress

The 74 (2017). 10 Charts That Changed the Way We Think About America's Schools in 2017. 

Chalkbeat (2017). The $100 million question: Did Newark’s school reforms work? New study finds big declines, then progress.

Education Week (2017). Closures, Charters Drove Newark School Improvements in Reading

The 74 (2017). New Research: Driving Students to Better Schools Biggest Gain From $100M Newark School Reform.  

Inside Philanthropy (2017). Second Look: Was that Newark School Reform Effort Really Such a Failure?

Panorama Student Survey

New York Times (2014). Grading Teachers, With Data From Class.

Education Week (2014). Companies Honing Tools to Survey Students About Teachers.

Dallas Morning News (2015). Survey Reveals Dallas ISD Students Like Their Teachers, but Not What They're Teaching

BetaBoston (2014). Panorama Education Connects with Harvard for Open Source Surveys: Why it’s Important.

Harvard Graduate School of Education Pre-K-12 Parent Survey

Education Week (2013). Harvard, SurveyMonkey Offer Tool to Weigh Parent Engagement