Policy and Practice

  • 21st century skills are more than literacy and numeracy. — Stu Gothold
  • Until next time, walk the digital talk. — Robert Martellacci
  • Accountability based on needs of previous generations does not result in an education system that prepares learners for their futures. — Don Knezek
  • Americans possess great common sense. — William J. Bushaw
  • America’s public schools may not be as good as we want them to be, but they are the best they have ever been. — Dan Domenech
  • An educated population will save government money. — Liza McFadden
  • Approach everything in the school organization by building the highest level of quality into the process and the desired results will be produced the first time with reduced costs! — Greg Partch
  • Awareness, adaptability, creativity and collaboration are the most important 21st century skills. — Charles Fadel
  • Bottom-up versus top-down is not an either-or proposition. — Jim Kohlmoos
  • Civics must be an integral part of every student’s education, from kindergarten through college. — Linda McCulloch
  • Consider cost efficiencies. — Mark A. Evans
  • Do not underestimate the value of recess and physical education. — Linda McCulloch
  • Due to globalization, the rate of change will continue to increase, the standard of excellence will continue to rise, the knowledge and skills students need to master will continue to evolve, and the revenues needed to make just-in-time changes will become increasingly scarce. — William Skilling
  • Education is locally grown. — Mark Ray
  • Education is so much more than the four walls of a classroom, and at the same time, those four walls are everything. — Alvin Aureliano Davis
  • Education policy is important, but education policy backed by leadership and incentive funding is a game changer. — Don Knezek
  • Education reform in the USA needs democracy. — Jim Kohlmoos
  • Education should be provided by well-trained, professional teachers. — Kristen Merrell
  • Equality is a derivative of quality. — Jim Kohlmoos
  • Every child is important. — William J. Bushaw
  • Every school must have an engaged and vibrant Library Media Center. It should be in the center of the school, and classroom activities should revolve around it. — Linda McCulloch
  • Every single person who learns to read is a victory. — Liza McFadden
  • Everything in education is political. — Patrick Moller
  • Expertise exists within most schools to solve complex problems. — Stephanie Hirsh
  • Federal and state policy is important, but has its limits. — John Bridgeland
  • Focus on classroom engagement. — Mark A. Evans
  • From beating the odds to changing them. — Tim Waters
  • Google still builds buildings. — Brad Saron
  • High quality and proven practice should drive policy, not the reverse. — JD Hoye
  • I'm surprised how policymakers use words and terms such as personalization, deeper learning, next-generation learning, blended learning, mastery, to describe innovations that look similar to what already exists with, consequently, so little changing. — Elliot Washor
  • If you expect people to improve or change practice, you must provide a sequential pathway with support along the way. — Roger Sampson
  • In education, the road to the future is paved with small steps. — Thomas W. Greaves
  • In this era of new and emerging digital technologies the teacher / student—student / teacher role is becoming increasing blurred. — Greg Partch
  • It is finally a time in education when we are done talking about change and starting to implement change. — Patrick Moller
  • It’s about integration, not adoption. — Robert Martellacci
  • Just because we can doesn’t mean we should! — Greg Partch
  • Learning and teaching must be radically different—and soon! — Stu Gothold
  • Listen to the kids—they will tell you exactly what they believe. — Susan Patrick
  • Making good policy in public education is harder than it looks. — Michael B. Horn
  • Numeracy must be tackled with the same focus and attention as literacy. — Kathy Cox
  • Policies matter. — Ann Flynn
  • Pre-school education should be the foundation for of all school reform. — Gerald Tirozzi
  • Public education will not succeed in its ultimate aims if schools compete against each other. — Cheryl Scott Williams
  • Public media can help remove the moat between home and school. — Michael Levine
  • Rethink budgeting. — Dr. Barbara Stock Nielsen
  • School boards can be the drivers for change. — Anne L. Bryant
  • Schooling has reached its use by date. — Greg Whitby
  • Schools of Education should get out of the teacher preparation business and into the educator development business. — Tom Carroll
  • Science education has unintended consequences. — Deanna LeBlanc
  • Settling is not saving. — Charlene Gaynor
  • Some people say we need to apply more “business” thinking to create sound education policy. Others say that there is too much “business” thinking influencing policy. Both camps tend to come at the question the wrong way. — Michael B. Horn
  • Standards-Based Reform is a necessary but not sufficient strategy for improving school performance. — Bob Schwartz
  • Stop fixing the schools we have so that we can create the schools we need. — Tom Carroll
  • Teachers need access to be involved in pilots to grow in best practices and offer resources to their students. — Kristin Donley
  • Technology is transformative. — Dr. Barbara Stock Nielsen
  • The battle to achieve our national high school graduation goals will be won or lost in 13 states—and could add billions to the economy. — John Bridgeland
  • The cost of ignorance is greater than the cost of education. — Kristie Martorelli
  • The future of American education is about less teaching and more learning. — Tom Carroll
  • The greatest challenge we face in American education is preparing students to work and live in a global world that is changing 24/7. — William Skilling
  • The job of an IT Administrator is the easiest job in the world; if surrounded with competent staff. — Greg Partch
  • The most effective way to expand or scale up effective strategies or programs is by sharing the results. — Roger Sampson
  • The most important lessons to be learned today are not only inside the four walls of our classrooms. — Don Knezek
  • The new normal is doing more and doing it differently. — Jim Kohlmoos
  • The principal is the lynchpin of an excellent education system. — Kathy Cox
  • The role of the federal government in school reform must be substantially reduced. — Gerald Tirozzi
  • The seminal problems in education practice and policy are common the world over. — Tony Jackson
  • There are many things we must do as a country to counteract the steep rise of economic inequality and steep decline in social mobility, but none is more important than providing a quality education to all of our children. — Kati Haycock
  • There is a huge difference between education and school. We currently school kids. — Chad Miller
  • There is no future without investment in education. — Andreas Schleicher
  • Time is a more precious resource than money. — Cheryl Scott Williams
  • To improve education in America we must reform and transform. — Liza McFadden
  • Today's school reform is not good school reform. — Dennis Harper
  • Top down is fine as long as kids are on top. — Dennis Harper
  • Value a culture of continuous improvement. — Ken Kay
  • Value great pedagogy. — Ken Kay
  • We always have time to do what we think is most important. — Russell J. Quaglia
  • We are making progress, but we’re not there yet. — John Bridgeland
  • We can’t be satisfied with incremental progress. — Wendy Kopp
  • We must be proactive to advance our education issues. — Rich Bagin
  • We must move away from a "proficiency for all" mentality. — Gerald Tirozzi
  • We must protect instructional time as sacred and maximize its use... — Elena Garcia-Velasco
  • We must teach our kids to read. It is the basis for everything that follows. — Linda McCulloch
  • When we use poverty as an excuse for not having high expectations for all students, then we are providing students with an unnecessary crutch that could limit their current and future successes. — Melany Reeves Stowe
  • While the effects of poverty and racism are brutal, schools can be incredibly powerful vehicles for overcoming them. — Kati Haycock
  • Without significant process, content delivery, and structural reform to schools, our 14th century model of education is unsustainable! — Greg Partch
  • World-Class teachers and school principals are the most critical upstream inputs to a world-class education system. — Don Knezek
  • You are what you eat. Nutrition should be taught and practiced at every school. — Linda McCulloch