Ideas Posts by Timothy Daly

What's the Measure of a Good School?

When we work with families at EdNavigator, they are more interested in how much a school helps students <em>grow</em> than how many students demonstrate proficiency overall. What if we gave greater consideration to a school’s success in growing its students? We did just that.

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Where's the War on Summer Learning Loss?

There aren’t enough good programs. The good programs aren’t always affordable. Or they’re already full. Or they only run for three hours a day, and how is a single parent going to pick up her children at camp, get them to another affordable child care option, and get back to work?

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School Cheating is Fraud Against Families

Students are the real victims in these incidents. They’re the ones who are misled about what they have learned and can do. They’re the ones who unwillingly carry away tarnished academic records. They’re the ones who are forced to re-take exams and try to learn in schools distracted by audits and investigations. They’re the ones who were lied to.

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Real Engagement Means Telling Parents the Truth

Teachers and parents often “engage” about student progress, yet part ways without getting on the same page. In many cases, that’s easier than dealing with the hard truth. Learning problems linger and worsen before they are addressed.&nbsp; Years later, someone looks at a thick file and says, “How is it possible that nobody intervened to help this child?”

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