Author Archives: Don Soifer

Public Charter Schools: New Opportunity for Virginia Families Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginians face an important opportunity in 2016, one which may broaden high quality educational options for families across the commonwealth. Their approval — first by the legislature and subsequently in the voting booth this November — of a [Read More...]
KIPP Empower Excels Again KIPP Empower Academy has done it again. On the latest California state test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Exam, KIPP Empower students substantially outperformed students at neighborhood Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD) elementary schools, and across all of LAUSD in both [Read More...]
Announcing the Second Class of Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellows We are pleased to announce the second class of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) fellows.  This remarkable cohort includes leaders from public school districts ranging in size from 2 schools to 94, in states from Georgia to California. The ten [Read More...]
The Threat to Public Safety in the U.S. Mail Law enforcement agencies nationwide are confronting an increasingly prevalent threat: a flood of cheap, new synthetic drugs from overseas. They’re generally ordered online, arrive by international mail and are delivered to buyers in the United States by the U.S. Postal [Read More...]
Vision for Personalizing the Future of Learning Unites Adversaries Last month, two remarkable leaders from opposite ends of the education policy world shared their joint vision for the transformation of elementary and secondary education in the United States. Gisèle Huff, the executive director of the San Francisco-based Jaquelin Hume [Read More...]
Postal Regulatory Commission Report Confirms Market Distortions in International Mail System The complex system governing payments for international mail is responsible for widespread distortions in the marketplace for mail and delivery services, according to a new paper published by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The paper, prepared by the firm Copenhagen Economics, [Read More...]
A Threat to Public Safety, and the Economy, via International Mail Drug dealers are teaming up with an unlikely new business partner — the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service is unwittingly delivering increasing amounts of dangerous synthetic drugs — nasty compounds that can trigger unpredictable, violent behavior and overdoses but [Read More...]
Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellowships May – October 2015 This month, the inaugural class of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellows concluded the first national fellowship for personalized learning.  The six-month program was established to introduce public school district leaders to personalized learning models and [Read More...]
Congratulations to the New Lexington Education Leadership Award Finalists Today the Lexington Institute announced the 25 finalists for its second cohort of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellowships. Finalists will convene in Orlando, Florida November 7-11, joining together for a special track at the Blended and Online Learning Symposium [Read More...]
Rethinking How to Help Teachers Improve Richmond Times-Dispatch Teachers across Virginia are preparing for the start of the new school year, and for most, that means obligatory “professional development” sessions and workshops, convened for the ultimate goal of promoting their classroom success. But new reports raise [Read More...]
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