For the past two years, education policy and practice have become front and center topics in the country’s increasingly polarized political atmosphere. Many individuals, including two pre-eminent education policy leaders, believe that in response to this trend, there is a need for leaders who can work with those on the other side of the aisle. In their 2021 book, A Search for Common Ground, Frederick Hess and Pedro Noguera discuss the toughest issues in education policy and practice, and through that discussion, provide sharp debate on the topics they disagree about, finding that they share common ground along the way.
Hess and Noguera’s conversations highlighted in the book raise larger questions about school improvement in the 21st century, and how strong communication between those who disagree is key to that improvement. In this special edition of Homeroom with Education Leaders, The Hunt Institute will host a 60-minute conversation with Hess and Noguera to discuss how they are searching for common ground in the quest for school improvement in 2022.