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David Allyn is the Director of Education for New Jersey SEEDS, an organization that serves high-achieving, low-income students by providing exceptional academic opportunities. He holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Harvard University.

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10 Tips for Adjusting to New Surroundings

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:11 PM

The need to adjust to new surroundings can present itself at any stage of one's life. At New Jersey SEEDS, one of our areas of expertise is helping students transition to new environments. We have worked with students from Newark and Trenton as they head off to boarding...

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Hiring Good Teachers

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 4:00 PM

I have a habit of making would-be teachers cry.

It's not deliberate; I'm not a sadist.

I just tell potential instructors what it is like sitting in their classrooms. I think people who teach ought to know how they come across to their students.

"I'm bored," I told...

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Why Social Courage Should Be Taught in the Classroom

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 6:13 PM

The new film Lincoln deftly explores the matter of both moral and physical courage. But it also touches on the First Lady's remarkable degree of "social courage." In one delicious scene, she publicly rebukes Representative Thaddeus Stevens for investigating White House finances, making guests in a receiving line wait to...

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The Cheating Epidemic: How School Climates Affect Student Choices

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 5:13 PM

A recent case of rampant cheating at Stuyvesant High School, a prestigious public school in New York City, has caught the nation's attention. Now, there is a fascinating new study in the fall issue of Independent School Magazine that looks at the prevalence of cheating...

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The 'Grit' Factor

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 2:13 PM

I am always happy when attention is paid to the plight of inner-city students. Paul Tough's new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character reminds readers that children who grow up in low-income households face numerous challenges that their wealthier peers do not....

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Can Students Love School? Yes, If Schools Love Students

(11) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 10:58 AM

There has been a lot of talk about the need for greater academic "rigor" in education. Rigor is meant to be a synonym for high standards in the curriculum, but the word reveals much about our culture's attitude toward learning. "Rigor," according to Merriam-Webster, means "harsh inflexibility in...

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What Makes a Great Teacher?

(28) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 4:29 PM

Boredom is the enemy of education. Students who are bored in class learn only one thing: that they are at the mercy of their instructor. Part of what makes a great teacher is that he or she is engaging. Just think about it: did you ever have a teacher who...

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What We Can Learn From Two Great American Teachers

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 4:44 PM

Great teachers don't often make it into the history books. A recent Web search for "100 greatest teachers" turned up a lot of sites about golf gurus but nothing like what I was actually seeking. In this, and subsequent posts, I intend to offer brief portraits of some of history's...

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