Sarah Garland
Sarah Garland is executive editor. She has written for The New York Times, Newsweek International, Newsday, The New York Sun, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She was a 2009 recipient of the Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received her master’s degree from New York University as a Henry M. MacCracken fellow. Her first book, Gangs in Garden City, was published by Nation Books in July 2009. Her second book, Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation (Beacon Press) was published in January 2013. She has been a guest on the Diane Rehm Show, the Leonard Lopate Show, PBS NewsHour, Word of Mouth with Virginia Prescott, Bloomberg EDU with Jane Williams, Here and Now, and appeared on MSNBC.­­­

The two sides of TFA: An internal memo shows the teacher group’s defensiveness over a story about how it changed in the face of criticism

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last year, The Hechinger Report published a story about a group of idealistic young Teach For America recruits who arrived in Seattle hoping to start jobs teaching in some of the city’s most struggling schools. Many of them remained unemployed, however, because Seattle didn’t really need more teachers. In fact, the district had […]

Why is a Reagan-era report driving today’s education reform?

Staten Island, N.Y. — On the last day of school in June, Principal Aurelia Curtis was harried. An auditorium full of teachers was waiting for her. But instead of congratulating them on a good year and sending off three retiring staff members, she was in her office signing the last of the 742 teacher evaluation […]

Can high-poverty urban districts like Philadelphia close the digital divide?

When it comes to speedy Internet access in schools, which technology advocates say will be critical to ensuring that American students stay competitive globally, Philadelphia is way ahead of many districts across the country. In the Obama administration’s new ConnectED initiative, an effort to redirect $2 billion in federal funding to put high-speed broadband in […]

How can schools close the technology gap and how much will it cost?

Reaching the goal of putting every teacher and student on an Internet device, and making sure it can actually connect to the Internet, will require a major financial investment: Billions of dollars, experts say. “When you look at how much is spent on technology in education as opposed to every other field, it’s minuscule,” said […]

Instead of getting ready for the tech revolution, schools are scaling back

The promise of digital education is still out of reach for most American students For schools that haven’t yet made technology an integral part of every student’s school day and every teacher’s lesson planning, the problem is often basic: Their Internet connection is too weak and their laptops (if they even have them) are too […]

Digital education is supposed to transform public education, but many schools can’t even get online

Imagine these scenarios: A struggling ninth grader is having trouble writing an essay. Her teacher asks her to go online and start writing in a Google document. The teacher follows along remotely as the student starts and erases sentences, and then identifies some strategies to help. A middle schooler doesn’t understand a math assignment about […]

What students really think about technology in the classroom

The grownups who make and debate education policy disagree about a lot of things, but they often take it as a given that kids love technology. And tapping into that love of gadgetry and games is a way to make students “more engaged” in learning, or so many believe. Interviews with students in the middle-income, […]

A Pennsylvania district takes on cyber charters

The class on dramatic irony promised to be cool. Seniors in Nicole Roeder’s English class at Quakertown Community High School had to watch a set of videos, including the trailers from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and a scene from “Othello” as interpreted by two different theater troupes. But the computer program wasn’t working and the […]

Students are test-driving new Common Core exams. You can too

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next year in states that have adopted the standards. The main reason for the trial run is to see if computer systems are ready to handle millions of students logging on to take […]

Three reasons students should opt out of standardized tests — and three reasons they shouldn’t

Now that spring is finally here, kids cooped up during this particularly brutal winter might be looking forward to enjoying some sunshine. Many will have to control the wiggles a little longer, though. It’s standardized testing season, which means silent hallways, desks arranged in rows, and for many kids, a lot of anxiety until it’s […]

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