With the holidays approaching, I'd like to thank the many people in the education sector who contributed to FutureEd's work this year. We have sought to provide clear, informed analysis of key education issues and we've worked to elevate evidence-based solutions to challenges facing the nation's education system.
We hosted three live-streamed events and produced four major reports in 2018, on topics ranging from chronic student
absenteeism to teaching and learning and school improvement. We published more than 60 commentaries, analyses, and podcasts on our website by our team and a wide range of contributors. Many were republished by other organizations. We doubled our web traffic. And we grew our roster of research advisors and senior fellows, most recently adding Mathematica's
New York Times contributor
In recent weeks, Northwestern University
and FutureEd research advisory board member Kirabo Jackson shared his important new research on school spending and student achievement in our latest
by editorial director Phyllis Jordan, senior fellow Mike Smith, and Alan Ginsburg challenging conventional wisdom on the federal School Improvement Grants program.
Jordan continued her work on chronic student absenteeism in
on the impact of teacher home visits on absenteeism rates. And research associate Rachel Grich
alternatives emerging in the states to using the free and reduced-priced lunch metric for identifying low-income students.
Outgoing Tennessee schools chief Candice McQueen and senior fellow Lynn Olson joined us for a podcast on Tennessee's work to improve teaching and learning, drawing on lessons from Lynn's recent FutureEd report on the
Volunteer State reforms.
FutureEd senior fellow Jeff Selingo and contributor Michael Horn posted new installments of their lively
FutureU podcast on the
educational consequences of automation
and on what
the Harvard admissions case
means for higher education.
And I did a
with the National Association of Elementary School Principals on ways to increase instructional leadership, and wrote
on the topic.
In a new infographic based on information from Teach for America's over 50,000 alumni, we examined the claim that TFA merely cycles recent college graduates in and out of classrooms. And we highlighted new roles for Vicki Phillips, Lewis Ferebee, Paul Pastorek, Candice McQueen and other education leaders in our regular feature, The Churn.
Finally, we're pleased that others have recognized our work this year.
recently included our report on the federal school-improvement program among the year's
education research. Our
on the Obama-era national testing consortia was one of the
most widely read pieces
web site. And
with Harvard's Paul Peterson about teaching reforms in the District of Columbia was among
It is easy in today's cacophonous and often fractious education policy environment to believe that we can't move the conversation forward, that we can't solve the many challenges facing our education systems. But the history of education in this country, even the recent history, demonstrates that ideas do matter, that solutions do emerge, that systems do improve. So thank you to those of you who happen to read this note, thank you for supporting the nation's students, and best wishes as you return to the work in the new year.
McCourt School of Public Policy
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