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Thinking BIG

The Public Education Foundation seeks out a wide variety of ideas, theories, research and opinions regarding education and leadership from around the world in an unending pursuit of bold new thinking and effective approaches to public school reform.

We are proud to share our findings with you. Please check this site often as we update it with the latest thinking.

Frederick Hess' Jan. 27 commentary in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Schools could use lessons in efficiency"

Reforming education: The great schools revolution
Education remains the trickiest part of attempts to reform the public sector. But as ever more countries embark on it, some vital lessons are beginning to be learned.
From The Economist, September 17, 2011

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform
By Marc S. Tucker, National Center on Education and the Economy
May 24, 2011
This paper is the answer to a question: What would the education policies and practices of the United States be if they were based on the policies and practices of the countries that now lead the world in student performance? It is adapted from the last two chapters of a book to be published in September 2011 by Harvard Education Press.

Dancing in the rain: Tips on thriving as a leader in tough times

By Jerome T. Murphy, Phi Delta Kappan Magazine
September 2011

Leaders who learn a new way to respond to the stress and strain of leadership can enhance their performance and enrich their experience.

Thought-provoking books the Foundation is reading

That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
By Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

America faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. A look at the challenges—globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation’s chronic deficits and its pattern of energy consumption—and what we need to do now to rediscover America and rise to this moment.

Feel the Fear and Beyond: Mastering the Techniques for Doing It Anyway
By Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

A look at our worries and anxieties and how to achieve the blessings of fulfillment, love, gratitude and inner strength.

Pigs Eat Wolves: Going into Partnership with Your Dark Side
By Charles Bates

"The Three Little Pigs," is used to show how fairytales offer valuable symbols teaching us about values and morality.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
By Jim Collins

Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?

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