Anya Kamenetz

Anya Kamenetz, writes the Digital blog for The Hechinger Report. She is a contributing writer at Fast Company and the author of several books and book chapters about the future of education, including DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (2010). She is a 2013-2014 Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. Her next book, The Test, about the history and future of assessment, will be published by Public Affairs. Kamenetz was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by The Huffington Post and received 2009 and 2010 National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association. She's been featured on CNN, PBS and NPR and has written for The American Prospect, The Nation, Newsweek, The New York Times, New York magazine, Salon, Slate, The Washington Post and more.

Recent Stories

Using better metrics to build better schools

Envision runs a group of three charter high schools in the Bay Area. They champion, as many schools do these days, “deeper learning” and “21st century skills.” Envision enacts…

Almost 70% of teachers are not engaged. Here’s why that matters so much

Wednesday¬† Gallup released a major report on the State of American Schools. Their data paints a picture of schools performing as a complex ecosystem, with the wellbeing, engagement,…

“Unprecedented” numbers opt out of state tests — what’s next?

Today students in New York State begin three days of state-mandated tests in English language arts. But thousands of families across the state, from Syracuse and Buffalo to the Hudson…

Yale president takes reins at online education outfit

Coursera, the largest MOOC platform, announced today that Richard Levin will be coming on board as CEO. Levin was president of Yale University for 20 years before stepping down…

Knowledge pills, robo-graders, brain implants and other dystopian education technology

It’s been a good week for the weird fringes of ed-tech. On Tuesday, Nicholas Negroponte took the stage at the 30th anniversary of TED, the starry technology-entertainment-design conference.…

$1 Million global education “Nobel in teaching” announced

Today at the Global Education and Skills Forum, in Dubai, education entrepreneur and philanthropist Sunny Varkey announced a $1 million prize, to be awarded to one outstanding teacher somewhere…

Why it’s so hard to get schools online in the digital age

In recent months there’s been a lot of news about public, private and philanthropic commitments to getting our public schools access to broadband Internet. In February, coming off a State…

The top 5 education innovations to watch

The benefit of a big conference like SXSWEdu is a sort of ambient exposure to trends. Here are five concepts that everyone (or at least key, smart people) were talking…

Live from SXSWEdu: Who’s Khan Academy in bed with now?

The White House, the College Board, Bank of America, and Comcast. What do they have in common? They’ve all announced partnerships with Khan Academy, the nonprofit provider of free educational…

Why make the SAT essay question optional when verbal communication is the number one skill that employers look for?

The big news coming out of SXSWEdu Wednesday was the New SAT. It even has a hashtag: #NewSAT. The changes to the test taken by millions of students each…

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