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9 Must-Reads To Bring With You On That Last Beach Trip Before Summer Ends

Summer is full of required reading lists.

While many kids across the U.S. finish up their summer reading as they gear up to go back to school, here’s a list of recommended reading for understanding how we get our schools and learning opportunities to reflect a new opportunity agenda that allows for Innovation and Opportunity to thrive:


1.  A New Opportunity Agenda bklt.fw

2.  A Nation At RiskA Nation At Risk

3.  The Split Screen Strategy: How to Turn Education Into a Self-Improving System
by Ted Kolderie


4.  Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story
by Ember Rechgott Junge

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5.  No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior s Life from Black Power to Education Reform
by Howard Fuller with Lisa Frazier Page


6.  Education Reform: Before It Was Cool – The Real Story and The Pioneers Who Made It Happen
edited by Jeanne Allen

Before it was Cool

7.  Unleashing Greatness: 9 Plays to Spark Innovation in Education

by Michael Barber & Joel Klein

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8.  2020 Vision: A History of the Future

by the GSV team, led by Michael Moe and Deborah Quazzo

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9.  Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

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The Positive Aspect of The Trump Speech Plagiarism that Everyone Missed

Anyone with a computer or smartphone saw the internet explode with gifs, memes, and countless articles noting similarities between Michelle Obama’s speech and a speech delivered by Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland.

(For the record, it appears Michelle Obama’s words weren’t the only ones making a guest appearance that evening…)

As plagiarism accusations reached a fever pitch, Meredith McIver, a longtime employee of the Trump organization, released a statement taking blame for the incident:

“In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people.  A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”

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Hold the phone. Melania Trump just admitted that she admires and is inspired by Michelle Obama and the messages in her speech. The same Michelle Obama whose husband has endorsed her husband’s rival in this election.

In this toxic political environment, is this not a sign that regardless of party and affiliation, there are universal messages that ring true?

We must come together around these. An excellent

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“For Too Many Families, The Skies Have Not Cleared”: Massachusetts’ Time To Shine for Education Opportunity

On Thursday, July 14th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stood in front of the  State House among families, students, legislators, and residents to advocate for the importance of expanding educational opportunities for children.

Students and their families — likely some of the more than 32,000 on charter school wait lists — echoed throughout the downpour of rain as they chanted, “lift the cap!” in support of lifting current limitations — or a “cap” — on charter schools in the Bay State. Currently, there are limits on the number of charter schools allowed to open in Massachusetts, the number of students allowed, and funding limitations.

Recently, Question 2 was added to November’s election ballot as a way to give residents a voice in whether authorizing either the approval of up to twelve new charter schools or the expansion of student enrollment in existing charter schools would provide more opportunities for students to succeed academically.

During the rainy rally, Governor Baker stated that “for too many families and too many kids, the skies have not cleared, the sun has not shined…too many do not get the chance and opportunity to go to the school of their choice and to have the chance to fulfill their dream that most kids and their families do in the Commonwealth.”

As Governor Baker and the families behind him rallied for greater education opportunity through charter schools, the skies cleared and the sun began to shine possibly signifying that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is ready for a bright change of opportunities.

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