Doug Wren

Doug Wren worked as a public school teacher and administrator from 1991 through 2019. Now he writes, consults, and enjoys his latest role as an Edjacent designer.

Central Offices: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Part Two

This is the second part of a blog series in which two former central office administrators recount their experiences and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of central offices. In Part 1, Edjacent co-founder/Chief Design Officer Meghan Raftery asked fellow designer and regular blog contributor Doug Wren to answer a few questions. In this installment, …

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Three Ways to Reduce Gun Violence at Schools

Three Ways to Reduce Gun Violence at Schools  My previous post (Coming Soon to a School Near You?) recounted firsthand experiences with gun violence in DeKalb County, Georgia and Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as statistics showing that the rate of school shootings continues to rise. This piece examines three ways school districts can deal …

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Coming Soon to a School Near You?

Map reprinted from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security K-12 School Shooting Database at https://www.chds.us/ssdb/data-map Coming Soon to a School Near You?   On the popular Cult of Pedagogy website, Jennifer Gonzales recently wrote that “this is the worst school year ever.” Based on what I’ve seen, heard, and read over the past three months, …

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Parents Will Get to Decide What Their Children Are Taught

Earlier this month, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted, “I think parents should decide what their children are taught in schools. That is all.” Like many other deep thinkers in education, Pompeo is qualified to address complex issues in the field because he attended public school.  To his credit, Pompeo graduated first in his …

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Data Literacy MUST Be Taught in Public Schools 

“Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” This statement, often misattributed to H. G. Wells (1866-1946), is a paraphrased version of the sci-fi author’s much longer passage by American mathematician Samuel Stanley Wilks (1906-1964). Wells’s original quote is shown at the bottom of this post.   If you saw the …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part Two)

Welcome back, gentle readers. In the previous installment of this two-part blog series, I described how the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), with its focus on standardized test results, propelled American education into an era of testing mania. I cited examples of NCLB’s unfortunate consequences, such as a dramatic decrease in classroom instructional …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part One)

It’s back to school time and kids everywhere are excited about the prospect of taking lots of tests to measure their “learning loss” during the pandemic and prepare them for state-mandated tests at the end of the school year. In all honesty, testing is not one of the reasons most children want to return to …

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Why Gifted Programs Lack Diversity

by Douglas G. Wren, Ed.D. Before taking a central office job with the DeKalb County (GA) School District, I was a classroom teacher at a magnet school for high achievers. Besides testing students to determine if they qualified for the “gifted” label, I taught an afterschool assessment course to teachers who were seeking their gifted …

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