Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

Valerie Strauss

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Past articles by Valerie:

What it really takes to help students succeed

Four key lessons taken from exemplary public schools. → Read More

A new breed of charter schools pushes the limits on separation of church and state

A report from an advocacy group provides details. → Read More

AI and news literacy: 3 key takeaways

News literacy lessons from the nonprofit and nonpartisan News Literacy Project. → Read More

On the latest obsession with phonics

Three reading experts challenge the current education orthodoxy about phonics instruction. → Read More

What new civics test scores show us, besides the obvious

Following the release of NAEP standardized test scores showing a drop in students’ knowledge, civics education experts offer a prescription for how to do better. → Read More

Florida rejects social studies topics about communism, social justice

It blocked 35 percent of the materials publishers submitted, including a reference to “taking a knee.” → Read More

New look at benefits of quality preschool education

Scientific evidence shows that quality preschool education for 3- and 4-year-olds can improve health and longevity, and reduce persistent educational gaps. → Read More

Banning clothes with political slogans at school, and other news literacy lessons

From the News Literacy Project. → Read More

The impact of Alabama governor’s ouster of early childhood education chief

The move was over a widely and long-used teachers’ resource book. → Read More

Why some marginalized people distrust the news

From the News Literacy Project. → Read More

Gaslighting Americans about public schools: The truth about ‘A Nation at Risk’

A former staffer of the commission that produced the famous 1983 report explains how it came to be, and its disastrous effects. → Read More

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet pens a letter to a local school board

Diane Seuss writes about her high school experience to the school board that controls schools she used to attend and that recently gained a conservative majority. → Read More

How this public school’s focus on wellness and health benefits its community

From the new book titled “Schools of Opportunity: 10 Research-Based Models of Equity in Action.” → Read More

High stakes for Chicago schools in the mayoral election

The two Democratic candidates in the April 4 mayoral runoff, Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas, offer sharply contrasting views for the future of Chicago public schools. → Read More

The real story behind the state takeover of Houston public schools

Critics say it is part of a move to privatize education — not to improve public schools. → Read More

This educator turned U.S. lawmaker wants to stop misuse of standardized testing

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) is pushing legislation to let teachers give better tests to students. → Read More

How to know you actually know something

The difference between learning and performing in an excerpt from Daniel Willingham's "How to Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning Is Hard and How You Can Make It Easy." → Read More

Why student journalism matters

'I almost gave up on my one-week-old journalism career a few hours after I saw my first byline," writes a student journalist. → Read More

How public schools can stop wasting millions of dollars

An analysis of the value -- or lack thereof -- of annual standardized testing by looking at how often the scores change year to year. → Read More

Parents know best — except when they don’t

A look at the parents' rights movement and school vouchers. → Read More