When the SAT Feels Like a Lock, Not a Key

The SAT weighs heavily on our collective imagination—and everyone can picture the nerve-wracking spectacle of students sitting at desks, droning in Scantron shapes in No. 2 pencil, while stern-faced observers roam in search of cheaters. So it’s no surprise that SAT appears in a lot of blockbuster Hollywood movies. And they often have nightmares—as in … Read more

Why It’s so Difficult to Recruit Diverse Teachers in Early Childhood

A week after our seminar on Wednesday, Asma requested the meeting. A student teacher in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s early childhood program, Esme fails the foundations of the Wisconsin Reading Test, known as WFORT, for the second time, with graduation just a month later. She was concerned about being able to pass the third attempt … Read more

Omicron Is Coming. How Can Schools Prepare?

Schools this fall have, for the most part, found their rhythm — at least by pandemic standards. Most of them were fully opened in person at the start of the school year and have remained that way, with some quarantine measures, closures and other interruptions. That’s not to downplay the ongoing staff shortage, the occasional … Read more

Why Investing in SEL Now May Be the Key to an Equitable Future

Earlier this year, studies confirmed what many teachers already know: Students have suffered major academic setbacks caused by the pandemic. Research by McKinsey revealed that, on average, K-12 students lost up to four months of math and four months of reading progress in the past school year. With newly distributed federal stimulus funds on hand … Read more