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Media Support

  • June 10, 2014: Bill Moyers

    "Fiscal crisis" or physical crisis in Philadelphia's Public Schools?

    By Elisabeth Hoyson and Elaine Weiss

    As low-income districts experience ever-greater struggles to meet their students’ needs on dwindling budgets, their schools are targets of “reforms” fundamentally different from those serving higher-income students. And, as my own teaching trajectory reflects, these attempted “fixes” can actually exacerbate inequities.

  • May 21, 2014: EPI Blog

    Beyond Pre-Kindergarten: Evidence and State-Level Action

    By Robert Lynch

    A new policy guide from  the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) and the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Campaign shows how to build high-quality early support systems for children that strengthen communities and families, promote and sustain early education, and enable children to thrive. It also covers ways to resolve one of our nation’s most intractable problems: the academic achievement gap.

  • May 7, 2014: Bill Moyers

    Lessons for K-!2 from Pre-K Classrooms

    By Elaine Weiss and Julia Dadds

    After 30 years of standards-and-accountability “reforms,” we are beginning to question whether the pendulum has swung too far. Over those same decades, however, evidence continues to affirm the wisdom of investing early in children’s lives. If we could somehow apply lessons we have learned in the birth-to-five arena to K-12 policy, we might attain the breakthroughs we have sought. Spoiler alert: worms play an important role.

  • April 12, 2014: Bill Moyers

    No Excuse for Hungry Students

    By Kathleen Melville and Elaine Weiss

    "No excuses” policies and demands that students be tougher or grittier ring false to me. My students are already tremendously tough, unbelievably gritty. The problem is not that they need to be tougher or that I need to make fewer excuses. The problem is that they already have too many reasons to be tough — lack of food, relatives in prison, threats of eviction or deportation, parents sick or addicted, caring for younger siblings — and that adults at school rarely see the full picture. I spend fifty hours a week at school and I still don’t always see the full picture. It’s hard to imagine how policymakers, who are so distant from my students’ day-to-day realities, can claim to see them better than I can.

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Coverage of BBA Launch

  • September 11, 2008: Slate

    The Divide

    By Paul Tough

    In contrast to education "reformers" such as Joel Klein who support increased spending on charter schools, testing, and performance-based rewards, the BBA calls for a redirection of funds towards early-childhood education, health care, and other social supports.

  • July 17, 2008: Christian Science Monitor

    Do better schools help the poor?

    By Walt Gardner

    Data suggests that better schools do not address the problem of under achievement.  Instead, resources should be directed towards a broader, bolder approach, incorporating childcare, parental support, and community involvement.

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Bill Moyers Blog Series: Breaking the Education-Poverty Link

One critical factor missing from education policy is educator voice! How has education reform gone so wrong? One reason is lack of input from teachers, principals, and superintendents -- those who work in classrooms and schools every day. BBA seeks to change that. This year-long series spotlights stellar educators from rural, suburban, and urban districts  across the country who tell their own stories about facing poverty and addressing it head-on.
June 10: Former Philadelphia Teaching Fellow and Elaine Weiss note the tendency of policies targeting "those kids" -- like those justified by the so-called fiscal crisis in Philadelphia Public Schools -- to further tilt the playing field they purport to level.


May 7: Educare of Lincoln director Julia Dadds and Elaine Weiss use toddlers' experiences with worms to offer Lessons for K-12 from Pre-K Classrooms.

April 15: Philadelphia public schools teacher Kathleen Melville and Elaine Weiss refute the notion that "no excuses" is the proper response to widespread student hunger and poverty.

February 26: District of Columbia Public Schools high school teacher David Tansey and Elaine Weiss point out that Crunching Test Scores Isn't Enough to Educate Our Kids

January 23: Former Boston Public Schools superintendent and BBA co-chair Thomas Payzant and Elaine Weiss write about Deconstructing PISA: Implications for Education Reform and Fighting Poverty


Film Screening Series

BBA and EPI are hosting a series of education film screenings. Below are "toolkits" for each film with everything you need to host your own screening.

Rich Hill: Three Boys in Small Town America (April 29, 2014)

Ready for Kindergarten (February 27, 2014 and March 8, 2014)

The New Public (November 7, 2013)

American Winter (March 14, 2013)

Past Events

ECE Webinar: Domains of Brain Development and Early Childhood Brain Science with Todd Grindal
Part I | Part II

ECE Webinar: Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Investments, K-12 Impacts with Robert G. Lynch

ECE Webinar: Paid Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators with Robert C. Pianta

Investing in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce: How we improve investments in early childhood care and education through a variety of policy changes.

David Kirp: Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future

School Turnaround Strategies: Is the National School Turnaround Effort Really Organizing Schools For Improvement?

Comprehensive Strategies: Federal Funding for a Broader Bolder Approach to Education: How ESEA and pending legislation promote (limit) Comprehensive Strategies

The Impact of Poverty on Education: Diverse Scholarly Perspectives, A Joint BBA/SCOPE Education Policy Briefing

Broader, BOLDER Approach to Education

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