With so many people finally embracing this second American language, there has never been a better time to learn to sign.
While frequent attention to autism in the media brings light to the topic, in recent months, there has been a less well-publicized, yet emerging trend: technology companies big and small have been stepping forward to focus their resources on projects to help individuals with autism.
This week, Teach Plus teachers nationwide comment on the reauthorization and key provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). By Dwight Davis Think back to the last time you set a goal. What was the first thing you did? I'll...
Math and science came easy to me growing up. My teachers understood how to encourage those interests. They challenged me, but they also built my confidence by giving me opportunities to serve in leadership roles.
After years of budget cuts, and a narrowing of curriculum at public schools across the country, urban school districts are taking bold steps to expand the school day curriculum and once again invest in arts education.
Congress has the opportunity to invest in our nation's most valuable resource -- our youth. We need to write to our legislators to remind them of the original intent of ESEA and the need to ensure that our students get a world-class education that allows them to become contributing members of society.
On March 12, New York City parents, teachers, and students plan to create a "ring around" the school building at every New York City public school before the start of the school day to press demands that Cuomo's plans be stopped. NYSAPE is planning a similar statewide protest for March 26.
At the moment 68,000 or so NYC 8th graders are anxiously waiting to find out where they'll be offered seats for high school.
Attention, Academia! (I've always wanted to say that.) A brilliant new opportunity to salute a peer arises via the U.K.'s University of Kent, which this spring launches its Innovation in Academia Award. Applicants are currently being sought for the distinction, which (I quote), "will honour an individual whose professional accomplishments...
Chris Sturgis Student agency changes the nature of the educational process. As students build their habits of learning, they can take on more and more responsibility of their own education. The more experiences they have in managing their education, the more opportunities they have to...
When I was growing up, I was not a popular kid. I was not a beautiful kid. I was not an athletic kid. I was a smart kid.
Federal aid is not supposed to go to colleges that are not responsible and capable in handling it. The admissions these college owners have made to the IRS are enough; there is no reason to wait for an IRS audit. Taxpayers do not need to put up with this.
When a student does well on a reading test, the results tell us nothing about how well she will use reading as a tool to learn larger topics, nor does it tell us that she will be interested in reading at all. What it tells us is that she is good at taking a reading test.
Recently I had the opportunity to learn alongside my seven-year old daughter, as we used the occasion of yet another snowed-in February day to scratch the itch of one of her many curiosities.
I Fucking Love Science,
Neil Degrasse Tyson,
Science Pop Culture,
Since what gains popularity is decided in large by the people and not corporate sponsors, one thing is drastically clear: Internet users are hungry for science content and humor. There's no doubt that science is blowing up like a nuclear reactor.
We loved our students. They worked hard; they were motivated; they found such joy in learning. But the odds were stacked against them.
I believe that the ESEA reauthorization should allow for schools and districts to take a streamlined, positive, student-centered approach to annual assessment then annual testing. In order for this to work, the assessment must be aligned to college and career standards.
The notion that we can judge success after one or two years is simple ignorance. Test scores can be valuable to students, but education is far more than a few dozen tests in Math and English. Education is not naturally a part of politics, and when politicians get involved in the details, they inevitably make a mess.
Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown boys from succeeding.
The effect of unequal educational funding is to reinforce existing wealth inequalities across social class, race, gender, and region. But the most significant effect is the reproduction of these inequalities across generations.