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Madeleine M. Kunin

BIO

Why Girls Should Create Video Games

Madeleine M. Kunin | July 8, 2012 | Technology
Why is computer science a good field for women? For one thing, that's where the jobs are, and for another, the pay is better than for many jobs, and finally, it's easier to combine career and family. But that's not all.
Richard Garriott de Cayeux

BIO

The Legacy of the Space Shuttle

Richard Garriott de Cayeux | July 8, 2012 | Science
The Space Shuttle has been the most successful space launch system ever by far. In 30 years we launched the Space Shuttle 135 times. Today more than half of the just over 500 people who have ever orbited the earth, have done so aboard one of the five space shuttles.
Cesar Millan

BIO

'Dirty Dog Boy' to Dog Whisperer: It Gets Better

Cesar Millan | July 8, 2012 | Impact
It doesn't matter what it is, bullies will find something different about you and try to make your life hard.

Women Leaders Still Face Challenges

Pamela Trotman Reid | July 8, 2012 | Women
Educators and parents can work together to give young women confidence and the tools to be bold and wise.
Alan Singer

BIO

Hacking Away at the Pearson Octopus

Alan Singer | August 21, 2012 | Education
Pearson is tilting the coverage of U.S. history to win approval by school boards in red states, and in doing this, allowing the most conservative school boards in the nation to determine what gets taught in New York State schools.
David Groshoff

BIO

Time to Start a 'Stand Your Ground' Campaign? More Bull About Anti-Gay School Bullying, Hoosier-Style

David Groshoff | July 8, 2012 | Gay Voices
Based on my reading of the law, not only was Darnell's mother, Chelisa Grimes, right to provide her son with the means to defend himself against the initiation of force against her son by bullies, but Darnell was right to use that force to reasonably protect himself.
Shaun Johnson

BIO

STEM STEM Technology STEM: Relax Reformers

Shaun Johnson | July 8, 2012 | Education
STEM fairs are still science fairs, my friends, and the latest techno-gadget or app is just something else to sell.
David Moshman

BIO

Should Creationist Teachers Have Academic Freedom?

David Moshman | July 8, 2012 | Education
Academic freedom does not permit a teacher to ignore the approved curriculum or to indoctrinate a captive audience of students in his or her religious or political views, whatever those may be.
Michael J. Petrilli

BIO

A States' Rights Revolt Led by ... California?

Michael J. Petrilli | July 8, 2012 | Education
Three cheers for California's governor, state superintendent, and state board chair, for applying for a waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind) that doesn't kowtow to Washington.
Antonio Villaraigosa

BIO

Open Letter to Teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day

Antonio Villaraigosa | July 8, 2012 | Latino Voices
On this Teacher Appreciation Day, I'd like thank you for your countless hours, your sweat and tears, and your relentless commitment to our children. And I'd also like to thank you in advance for inspiring the next generation of amazing teachers.
Rev. Romal J. Tune

BIO

Rescuing the Kid in the Closet: Taking the Emotional Health of Kids Seriously

Rev. Romal J. Tune | July 8, 2012 | Education
Too often, little is said about the emotional story of children in poor communities trying to make sense of life circumstances that even a balanced adult would find difficult to manage.
Thomas Fisher

BIO

SEEDing a New Kind of STEM

Thomas Fisher | August 9, 2012 | Education
The STEM fields do indeed contribute to our technology-based economy, but whether they do so for good or ill depends upon how we grow these new educational shoots and to what end.
David Chura

BIO

Who Are the True 'Failures' in America's School System?

David Chura | July 8, 2012 | Education
Like most teachers I've gotten some praise from my high school students over my 26 years of teaching. But the truth is I wasn't a "good teacher." I was a "failure," at least according to America's education reformers.
Kevin P. Chavous

BIO

Teaching From the Heart

Kevin P. Chavous | July 8, 2012 | Education
During this Teacher Appreciation Week and every week, let us honor those teachers who, like Ms. Shelton, make education fun and inspire their students. After all, the best teachers teach from the heart.
Chris Lehmann

BIO

Why Divide Your Thanks, Mr. President?

Chris Lehmann | July 8, 2012 | Education
If declaring this week "National Charter School Week" was not a deliberate attempt to marginalize those of us who choose to teach in the public school system, then it was exceptionally poor timing.
Jeff Biggers

BIO

Feds Open Civil Rights Cases on Tucson Schools Under Pedicone's Latino Crackdown: "Sheriff Arpaio of American Schools?"

Jeff Biggers | July 8, 2012 | Education
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has opened investigations into possible violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in Tucson. Not that TUSD has bothered to inform the district's taxpayers of the investigation.
Matt Weber

BIO

General Education

Matt Weber | July 8, 2012 | Education
General Colin Powell is arguably one of our nation's most respected public servants. He is a diplomat, a general, yet also a lifelong educator and proponent of schools and student successes through America's Promise Alliance.
Teach Plus

BIO

Teachers' Lounge: The Believer

Teach Plus | July 8, 2012 | Education
For me, it's personal life experiences that bring me to work every day. If I'm telling my students, "You're going to go to college," I had better deliver. I had better do all that I can to prepare them.
Atim Oton

BIO

Black Girls CODE: Making Technology Accessible

Atim Oton | July 8, 2012 | Black Voices
I am a strong believer that information and access is key to changing the world. That's why I was so happy to stumble upon Black Girls CODE. Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching girls ages 7-16 from underrepresented communities about computer programming and digital technology.
Terry Curtis Fox

BIO

In Praise of Ordinary Teachers

Terry Curtis Fox | July 8, 2012 | Education
The crisis in American education is really about how to find and retain and nourish ordinary teachers. They are the ones who do most of the work, have the greatest influence, and are under the greatest stress.
Nicolaus Mills

BIO

Parents and College Admissions

Nicolaus Mills | July 8, 2012 | Education
Great parenting begins with loving a son or daughter unconditionally. Great admissions decisions begin with a cool assessment of a student's strengths and weaknesses. The gap between the two could not be wider.
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

BIO

Teacher Appreciation Week: A Celebration of Caring

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | July 8, 2012 | Education
There is not a magic bullet for education that can be imposed from the outside. Caring teachers, led by caring principals, have been and continue to be the solution.
Randy Turner

BIO

It's Time to Use Test Scores to Determine Teacher Pay

Randy Turner | July 8, 2012 | Education
Let's base 100 percent of teacher pay on the results of standardized tests. But if we are to have true educational reform, a concept that seems to be lost when used by those who claim that mantle, I want the following conditions:
Paul Stoller

BIO

My Struggles With Anti-Intellectualism

Paul Stoller | July 8, 2012 | College
"Can do" pragmatism was the fuel of America prosperity. But that pragmatism was reinforced with an abiding respect for knowledge and critical thinking. It's hard to do anything in a place devoid of new ideas, a place where dreamers are discouraged from dreaming.
Richard Schiffman

BIO

Why Our Children Should Be Taught to Meditate in School

Richard Schiffman | July 8, 2012 | Education
"Pay attention!" we tell the young. Yet we fail to give them the tools that they need in our increasingly distraction-filled world to calm and center their minds and get down to the business of learning.
Marybeth Gasman

BIO

Teaching and Faculty-Student Relationships at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Marybeth Gasman | July 8, 2012 | Education
It is wonderful to say that HBCUs are nurturing and supportive environments, but it is much more convincing to policy makers and funders to have research that backs up these assertions.
Carolyn Foote

BIO

A Tale of Two Reform Stories

Carolyn Foote | July 8, 2012 | Education
How do we get those focused on accountability reform to listen to those of us having conversations about real reform? Therein lies the question. How do we get them to respect what we have to say?
George Lucas

BIO

Education: The Single Most Important Job (Video)

George Lucas | July 8, 2012 | Education
Education is the foundation of our democracy. By seizing on what's working, and recreating those successes from one classroom to the next, we can make it better for everyone.
C. M. Rubin

BIO

The Global Search for Education: In Search of Professionals - Part 1

C. M. Rubin | July 8, 2012 | Education
Here's a powerful challenge to the world of education: Improve the profession of teaching.
Rhiana Maidenberg

BIO

How to Thank A Preschool Teacher

Rhiana Maidenberg | July 8, 2012 | Parents
Thanks for allowing Maisy to proudly sing her "favorite" song, repeatedly (I expect "Set fire to the range" is a remark on my cooking ability) and for loving my children between 8:45 and 12:45.