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On April 24, Andy Smarick and Juliet Squire will be releasing a new report on the role of state education agencies. Register for the event.
 
In the era of Race to the Top, waivers, and waivers of waivers, the role of state education agencies (SEAs) has increased dramatically: taking on school turnarounds, teacher-evaluation systems, and now Common Core implementation. Many argue that SEAs need “more capacity” to do these new jobs successfully. But what if we are asking departments of education not only to do too much but also to do things that they weren't built to do—and probably cannot do well? Should we shrink the SEA and its role and empower other entities to lead state-level reform instead?
 
Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for a discussion on the role of state education agencies and their leaders in the education-reform ecosystem.

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The State Education Agency:
At the Helm, Not the Oar

Register: http://www.edexcellence.net/events/state-education-agencies-the-smaller-the-better
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REGISTER: Encouraging integrated schools in the District of Columbia? A discussion on the merits and pitfalls of “controlled choice"

On March 21 (10:00 am to 11:30 am), Fordham and The Century Foundation are cohosting an event on the merits and pitfalls of controlled choice. Register to attend or watch online!
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Accelerating the adoption of content-rich curricula
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Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core

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Me, My Sons, and E. D. Hirsch, Sol Stern

Complex Texts Require Complex Knowledge: Will the New English Standards Get the Content Curriculum They Need?, Ruth Wattenberg

There Are No Shortcuts: Mending the Rift between Content Knowledge and Deeper Learning, Robert Pondiscio

Building Teacher Enthusiasm for Core Knowledge, the Farkas Duffett Research Group
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In the era of Race to the Top, waivers, and waivers of waivers, the role of state education agencies (SEAs) has increased dramatically: taking on school turnarounds, teacher-evaluation systems, and now Common Core implementation. Many argue that SEAs need “more capacity” to do these new jobs successfully. But what if we are asking departments of education not only to do too much but also to do things that they weren't built to do—and probably cannot do well? Should we shrink the SEA and its role and empower other entities to lead state-level reform instead?
 
Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for a discussion on the role of state education agencies and their leaders in the education-reform ecosystem.

Report release:

The State Education Agency:
At the Helm, Not the Oar

Register: http://www.edexcellence.net/events/state-education-agencies-the-smaller-the-better
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The state of Core Knowledge: past and present
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