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Arne Duncan speaks about the federal Race to the Top school reform competition in late July at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Elisa Villanueva Beard is the chief operating officer for Teach For America, a non-profit organization which addresses teacher shortages by sending graduates from elite colleges, most of whom do not have a background in education, to teach in low-income rural and urban schools. The organization's influence is expanding as a player in education and politics as the Obama administration calls for education reform, but TFA is not without controversy, as some have questioned its methods and effectiveness.

Q: Your role as national PTA president is slightly different from previous presidents.

Frances Gallo, superintendent of Central Falls (R.I.) schools since March 2007, looks ahead to the next school year when the Central Falls High School is set to have a different face.

In early January, the Rhode Island commissioner of education identified six schools, including Central Falls High, as the state's "persistently lowest-achieving schools."

Manny Rivera and Rudy Crew, two nationally acclaimed educators, have transitioned from the role of superintendent into that of consultant with their new company, Global Partnership Schools (GPS).

The National Council of teachers of Mathematics wants high school students to make sense of their math. The organization is excited about the recent unveiling of Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, a book published last October (and part of what will become a full series), in which NCTM builds on three decades of advocacy for standards-based mathematics learning of the highest quality for students.








Harvard law professor John Palfrey's new book examines the lives of digital natives.


Nelson Smith, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

 
 

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