Joan Richardson

Editor-in-chief, Kappan magazine

Editor, writer, thinker, skeptic.
Editor, writer, and researcher with deep expertise about education. Creative and strategic thinker who excels at transforming publications and rethinking organizational efforts to deepen impact in schools and influence quality of learning. Skillful public speaker and accomplished professional development presenter. Extensive experience visiting schools in U.S. and abroad (Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, Netherlands).

United States of America



Arne Duncan: Quality education is our moon shot

Secy of Education Arne Duncan said Achieving a quality education for all children is the civil rights issue of our generation.

Global perspective


Helping Haiti

Returning Haiti’s education system to its pre-earthquake character will not be sufficient, just as returning New Orleans schools to their pre-Katrina status was deemed...


Haiti: Making education a right

In Haiti, the poorest nation in our hemisphere, work is under way to make education available to more of its children living in abject poverty.


Steeped in study

A remote Canadian school district approaches professional learning with a passion.


The Finnish way

Once an also-ran in international comparisons, Finland has soared to the top by building a system based on trust and responsibility.



The ultimate practitioner

Profile of Rick DuFour, one-time superintendent of Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., and one of the principal architects of professional learning communities.


Second to none

Profile of Stephanie Hirsh, then the incoming executive director of Learning Forward and a passionate advocate for ensuring high-quality professional learning for all educators