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Back on Track Report: How to Help Struggling High School Students Reach Common Core Standards

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New Eskolta Case Study Release

"They’ve heard it a million times: ‘Yeah, you’re going to say I’m smart; I’ve got the potential.’ They don’t believe it, and the ones that do don’t get how it translates. When you use effort language, it sends the message that it’s a process, that you’re not finished...

Interview with Michael Wolach, Eskolta Fellow 2016

As part of Eskolta’s inaugural fellowship, teacher leader Michael Wolach is honing his skills in project management, data collection and analysis, and design principles. Though this is his first foray in formally studying those skills with Eskolta, his exposure to our...

Metacognitive Learning at Metropolitan Diploma Plus

Metacognition, the awareness of and reflection on one’s own thinking process, is critical to student success. It is critical to adult success too. The story of Eskolta’s work with Metropolitan Diploma Plus is a story of how metacognition is helping schools improve....

Launch of Eskolta Fellows Program

This fall, Eskolta announced a new fellowship program designed to train school and district-based educators to lead the school change process. Through this program, a cohort of Eskolta Fellows is engaging in a unique learning experience focused on the methods and...

The Problem with Accountability

The Problem with Accountability

Nine years ago, I and others working with transfer schools sat with the NYC Department of Education staff responsible for creating the first progress reports. They generously listened to feedback on how to assess transfer schools and let the progress report evolve...

In Schools We Trust…

In Schools We Trust…

Recently, the New York City Department of Education added a simple but critical element into its capacity framework for schools: Trust. Trust, of course, is important for more than only schools. As the philosopher Sissela Bok wrote: “Whatever matters to human beings,...

School Accountability after 2014

School Accountability after 2014

What does the year 2014 matter in the history of public education? For those who are keeping score, this is the year, according to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), when every student in America was supposed to have achieved proficiency. According to the law, which...

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