KIPP culture, Arne Duncan, school lunches, and more

Tim Hoffine, Mark LeBoeuf
  • What do Gap Inc., FedEx Corp, Southwest Airlines Co., and high performing charter schools have in common? To find out, read how the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) – the largest charter school brand in the United States with one middle school in Columbus – has used the business-culture strategies from successful corporations to transform underperforming schools into models of effective reform. And who said all corporations are evil?
  • Sec. of Education Arne Duncan just finished his first year in office. Read about what he achieved and his plans for the second year to find out if it will be a slam dunk (think circa 1993 broken backboard Shaq) or a big reform airball. 
  • Doris the irascible lunch lady used to offer us the daily choice between the Salisbury Steak Frisbees or the extra Sloppy Joes. Now, one real-life teacher is revisiting the memories of elementary school lunches in 2010 – and blogging about it.  But Revolution Foods, Inc. is also taking on school lunches, and this New York Times article shows how the company is bent on battling child obesity with whole, local, and nutritious foods.
  • New research suggests young females are learning more than math from their female teachers. Read about how a teacher’s attitude can impact female students’ perceptions of their math abilities.

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