Michael McShane is a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI. He is co-author of "President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political," published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2012. His scholarship has been published by Education Finance and Policy and in various technical reports. He has contributed to more popular publications such as Education Next, the Huffington Post, National Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is co-editor of the forthcoming book "Common Core Meets the Reform Agenda"(with Frederick Hess), slated to be published by Teachers College Press in late 2013. He began his career as an inner city high school teacher in Montgomery, Alabama.
During this Google Hangout, prominent scholars, policy analysts, and practitioners will convene to offer insight into what happens when rubber meets the road and the Common Core standards are implemented in schools nationwide.
Although the Common Core State Standards flew under the radar as they were being drafted and adopted, they have become a lightning rod of controversy over the last few months as implementation has begun. If implementation fails, states will have wasted precious time and resources, and there may be little difference between the pre– and post–Common Core eras.
This timely volume brings together prominent scholars and policy analysts to examine the pressing issues that will mark Common Core implementation. Whether or not you agree with the standards, the Common Core is coming, and this book will help policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders anticipate the challenges and take steps to address them.
The botched rollout of Obamacare should have education reformers and the general public questioning whether or not the same, fast-past style of implementing of the Common Core will yeild similar, shaky results. But, due to a lack of information, parents and teachers are only beginning to learn of the challenges that come with these new standards.
In a review of First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School, Michael Q. McShane examines Dunbar through the years and how the school changed to accomodate the shift in the community -- specifically, the balance between equity and excellence and questions how a Dunbar-like school might fair in today's society.
This conference will convene leading education thinkers and doers to discuss a series of new papers and to explore how policy, practice, and research can better facilitate and support tomorrow’s schools.
Policymakers have taken great strides to improve teacher quality and, ultimately, student achievement. But if policymakers are not careful, today’s policy successes could seriously stifle tomorrow’s schools.