Nick Pandolfo
Nick Pandolfo writes for The Hechinger Report. A native of New York City, he majored in education at Eugene Lang College and later taught ESL for four years in New York, China and South Korea. Before entering Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Pandolfo spent a year backpacking across Asia and Australia, photographing and writing stories about ferry travel to China and road-tripping across an Australian desert. He has since covered education as an intern for City Hall News/The Capitol, and his work has appeared in The Washington Post,, Kaiser Health News and

Education Nation: In Arizona desert, a charter school competes

YUMA, Ariz. — Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School looks more like an office or call center than a school. Over 200 cubicles — not desks — fill this modern version of a one-room schoolhouse on a quiet side street here in Yuma, a desert city near the Mexican and California borders. All […]

Q&A with Heather O’Mara: Teacher-student relationship remains vital in online learning

In Colorado, a state where just this week there’s been controversy as three foreign-language teachers lost their jobs when their classes moved online, there are differing perspectives on the value of online education and technology’s ever-increasing role in education. Colorado has it all: fully online schools where teachers teach from the comfort of their own […]

Round-up of leading thinkers on parent-trigger laws

Parents in Adelanto, Calif., scored a victory for advocates of the “parent-trigger” law last week. The law allows public-school parents who gather signatures from a majority of their peers to transform a school into a charter. They can also opt to remove a consistently failing school’s staff or close the school entirely. (To read more […]

Q&A with Ryan Meyer: The inner ear’s connection to academic performance

In 2007, Ryan Meyer left his job consulting for Dai Nippon Printing and moved home to Indiana to help his mother turn a personal project into a business. Candace Meyer was a career educator who ran a Title 1 program for a county in Indiana that provided extra help to low-performing students. She had a […]

Q&A with Jonathan Lightman: The uncertain future of California’s community colleges

This winter, California voters have a big decision to make. To help climb out of a nearly $9 billion shortfall, California passed a budget last week dependent largely on tax increases. This November, a tax initiative will be on the ballot that would temporarily increase taxes for high earners and raise the sales tax in […]

Using video games to enhance teaching and learning

There’s a question caroming off the walls of many teacher lounges, company boardrooms and research centers alike: Do video games belong in America’s classrooms? For game designers, the answer is clear. “We feel like that argument has been made and answered—and it’s ‘yes,’ ” says Karina Linch, senior vice president of product management at BrainPOP, a […]

Q&A with Daniel DeCillis: Major changes needed for California to further digital learning

It seems reasonable to think that California—home to Silicon Valley—would be ahead of the game when it comes to the uses of technology in education. But apparently that isn’t the case. As a growing list of states adopts more digital-friendly school models, the Golden State has actually been slow to shift toward a greater digital […]

As online education spreads, new studies question its effects on students

Online education for K-12 students spread rapidly in the United States this year, aided by new technologies and ideas such as “flipped classrooms,” according to a study released on June 15th. But the extent to which new technologies and approaches might raise student achievement remains unclear. A second study questions whether the net result will be […]

The teacher you’ve never met: Inside the world of online learning

THORNTON, Colo.—Teacher Jane Good hurries around her kitchen on a recent morning in this Denver suburb, preparing breakfast in what will serve as her work attire for the day: black exercise pants, a black, long-sleeved running shirt and white slipper booties. “This is one of the perks of being an online teacher,” Good says as […]

Q&A with Superintendent Mike Hanson: Fighting to save California’s stressed schools

California’s fiscal crisis has hit public education particularly hard. School districts continue to slash budgets and lay off teachers, as state funds haven’t bounced back to pre-recession levels. In May, the California-based nonprofit EdSource released a report that highlights just how financially strapped the Golden State’s schools are. The report, “Schools Under Stress: Pressures Mount […]

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