Travis Pillow is a director of thought leadership at Step Up For Students and editor of reimaginED. Formerly, Travis was an innovation fellow and senior writer at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. He started his career as a journalist based in Florida’s capitol, covering politics, budgets, health care, and education policy for several online publications and Gannett newspapers. He later became editor of redefinED, a website chronicling the new definition of public education in Florida and elsewhere, and did other policy and communications work for Step Up For Students, the nonprofit that administers two of the nation’s largest private school choice programs.
Across the country, school systems are struggling to implement effective, research-based literacy instruction and to help students recover from lost learning time during the pandemic.
CRPE director Robin Lake and Travis Pillow, Director of Thought Leadership for Step Up for Students (formerly a senior innovation fellow with CRPE), contributed an essay to this year’s edition of NASBE’s State Education Standard, “Engaging All Students.” With billions of dollars in lost economic activity and untold squandered human potential, COVID-19 threatens to leave an enduring legacy.
This piece was originally published on EdNote, the Education Commission of the States’ blog. School closures, quarantines and staffing uncertainties have contributed to the biggest math and reading declines our country has seen in more than two decades.
This article was originally published on Ed Post. After three disrupted school years, America’s K-12 learners collectively have significant unfinished learning and unmet mental health needs.
Senior writer and innovation fellow explains Florida’s proposed “choice navigator” program and why school choice advocates should support funding the position.
For Black children, the public education system is like a dirty fish tank. They’re swimming in toxic conditions like discriminatory discipline and low expectations.
Kids may be back at school after three disrupted years, but a return to classrooms has not brought a return to normal.
This executive summary provides highlights of the primary findings and recommendations from the State of the American Student: Fall 2022 report that draws on data the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has collected and synthesized during the pandemic.
This report draws on data the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has collected and synthesized over the course of the pandemic.
To accompany CRPE’s inaugural State of the American Student report in 2022, researchers and experts assembled a guide with critical questions for media to consider as they follow the recovery — and we hope, the reinvention — of U.S.
Amid all the concern about staffing shortages in America’s schools, the continued strain is showing up in another key place: at the top.
This brief provides a guide for education leaders and policymakers building a path to sustainable and quality virtual learning.
Districts head into a winter break with little clarity on their newest wrinkle: how the omicron variant will affect their operations.
One Saturday morning a few years ago, I was walking through an outdoor market in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., where I lived at the time, when something piqued my professional curiosity.
The scramble to reopen schools, keep students safe, and keep them learning hasn’t abated.
More school districts are requiring masks and vaccines, and remote learning plans are more detailed as the threat of the Delta variant looms.
School districts have stepped up health precautions and expanded virtual learning options as they prepare for students’ return to school.
A first look at ESSER priorities indicated many districts may be struggling to reconcile public input with their own strategic priorities.
Schools owe students a chance to gain back the learning opportunities they were denied last year. They cannot afford to squander another year because of tepid leadership and political squabbling.
A $189 billion infusion of federal COVID relief funding gives America’s school districts an unprecedented opportunity to invest in lasting improvements in public education and make their students whole after a year and a half of disruptions.
Many school districts have launched a full-court press to convince these families it’s safe to return to classrooms. But what should schools do about families who refuse to come back?
Pandemic pods were borne by necessity as families faced urgent needs for childcare and remote learning support. But they also offer fresh solutions to an age-old education problem: how to dramatically lower class sizes without diluting teacher quality and falling into traps that have snared traditional class size reduction efforts.
For nearly a year, schools’ unpredictability has created stress and suffering for kids and families, especially in Black and brown communities where jobs and lives are also most at risk from the virus.
In the final months of 2020, we sat in on nearly three dozen conversations with teams of district leaders and community-based nonprofits that are collaborating to run learning hubs.
The latest update of our analysis of 100 of the nation’s highest-profile school systems suggests districts have been adapting as they go, but there is much work ahead.
Like many students across the country, Walter Lopez started falling behind on his work when schools suddenly shifted to remote learning this spring.
This report includes in-depth case studies of five Washington State charter schools to understand their strategies for full inclusion of students with disabilities, and offers recommendations to school leaders and policymakers.
Our nationwide scan found some promising efforts by school districts to support professional learning despite massive logistical hurdles and a tangle of red tape.
Across Indianapolis, hundreds of students are getting help navigating remote learning while school campuses remain closed. The city is now home to two efforts—one led by the local school district, one outside it—to extend an academic lifeline to students who, for a variety of reasons, needed additional support during remote learning.
For years, developments at the margins of public education hinted at a new world, struggling to be born. Microschools, hybrid homeschools, and a la carte online courses offered an array of new learning experiences to families with the resources to access them.