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Charlet T. Kerchner / MindWorkers

Pictures Added to the Gallery; Take A Look

There are new pictures in the gallery, including the image shown here of Death Valley in the early morning.  I had rolled out of bed at Stovepipe Wells before dawn in order to capture the rising sun over the desert.  This, with a little enhancement, is one of the results. In addition, there are the [...]

Jumping from One Reform Horse to Another

I penned this last week in advance of the trigger budget cuts that are likely to hit the Los Angeles Unified School District later this week.  Some Christmas present, kids. In a new labor agreement that embraces local school autonomy, Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent John Deasy has jumped from one school reform horse [...]

CAVA: Learning at Home, Not Home Schooling

The California Virtual Academy has grown to become a mid-sized school district, enrolling more than 10,700 students who study at home.  But CAVA officials are quick to disclaim that the organization is in the home schooling business.  As traditionally understood, home schooling is a vehicle for parents to gain virtually complete control over what and [...]

Adding a Third Chair to the Bargaining Table

[This post can also be found on the Huffington Post and at Thoughts on Public Education.] Sometimes the most interesting political commentary is found in the comics…or in the ads. Monday’s editions of the Los Angeles Times, Daily News and La Opinion carried a full-page ad from a coalition of civic and community organizations aimed [...]

All about me

Megan Driscoll interviewed me for the Education Portal site.  My response, probably more than you wanted to know, is available here.

Learning 2.0

“Why, one might ask, should California, the headwaters of the digital revolution, be stuck in the eddies of an early 20th Century school design?” Starting this week, I will be posting a series of pieces about the what I believe to be the essentials of 21st Century learning and the changes in educational politics that [...]

Understanding the New Network Economy

Yochai Benkler is the kind of polymath that eclipses ordinary academics.  A law professor at Harvard, he also directs the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, which has as its modest mission “to explore and understand cyberspace.”  In prior lives, he was the treasurer of a kibbutz in Israel, a practicing lawyer, and a clerk [...]

Speaking at UCLA Law School on Monday, March 7

I finally get to go to law school!  The otherwise bright students at UCLA have invited me to lead a panel that discusses education reform.  Details follow:

Round 2 or 22 on Value-Added Testing

I’ve written a piece for the Huffington Post and Thoughts in Public Education about the reanalysis of the value-added teacher evaluation exposé published by the Los Angeles Times last August. Derek Briggs, who heads the research and methodology program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and doctoral student Ben Domingue used the same data [...]

Claremont Colleges Talk on “Learning from L.A.” Available On-Line, Here

The good people at the Honnold Library have edited my talk from last November and integrated it with the slide show.  It is available at the Library’s web site.

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