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The State of Latinos in U.S. Higher Education

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 06.17.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Two recent reports provide an enlightening picture of the state of higher education for Latinos in the U.S. While there have been encouraging developments over the past 10 years, Latinos remain underrepresented and underserved across virtually all post-secondary education sectors.

Shouldn't Somebody Have to Intervene?

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

If a low-income child is trapped in a school that has been failing its children for years, shouldn't someone in a responsible position act to intervene?

Fears That Children Will "Slip Back Into the Shadows"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Like many educators, Craig Gfeller doesn't like every provision in federal education law. But as principal of a high-poverty school in the exurbs of Washington, D.C., he considers a couple of them critical for his students.

Rebecca Klein

African-Americans Who Attended Desegregated Schools Have Better Language Skills Years Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.21.2015 | Black Voices

African-Americans who attended racially diverse schools have better cognitive abilities decades after graduation, according to a new study. The st...

Robert Putnam's Our Kids and Reclaiming the American Dream

John Thompson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
John Thompson

I doubt that Putnam fully realizes how appreciative teachers are of his efforts to shift our toxic education debates to a conversation about the real problem, the opportunity gap. To close the racial and economic achievement gaps, we must regain the confidence required to tackle out-of-school issues as well as in-school issues.

It Is Going To Take A Lot More Than Money To Close The Achievement Gap

logo | Rikha Sharma Rani | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

This piece originally appeared on Bright, Medium's publication about education innovation. To see more stories like this, head over to Bright and hit ...

Unleashing the Fierce Power of Your Belief

Harriet Sanford | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

This month, the new class of teachers who will enter the education workforce in America's schools will graduate from colleges and universities across the nation. As more teachers retire, our workforce is skewing younger.

The Truth About Patience. Finally!

Tom Morris | Posted 06.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

For most of my life, patience has been a monumentally aggravating virtue. I like to make things happen. I like to dream it, do it, and then move on to...

Our Kids: Could We Just Listen to Robert Putnam's Plea to America?

Karen Gross | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Karen Gross

In America, we favor quick results and resolving the achievement gap is a several decade-long effort. We are so used to "quickness" with email and Twitter and other social media that we get distracted easily and lose focus and drive.

Addressing PTSD Among Youth Is Central to Closing the Achievement Gap

Teach Plus | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As a teacher, I can't do my job effectively if my students' critical mental health needs are not met. The 2008 National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence shows that children are more likely than adults to be exposed to violence and crime. How can we possibly expect youth who are facing debilitating trauma to catch up with their healthier peers without adequate care?

Barriers That Keep Poor Kids out of School

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Absenteeism matters. It is more strongly associated with dropping out than low test scores. The reasons that children from low-income families miss more school are varied. Their families may not have the ability to advocate for proper services for students with learning or physical disabilities.

Why Would You Call Them 'Miracle Schools'?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A recent online kerfuffle raised the question -- yet again -- of whether it is possible for schools to help children of color and children from low-income homes learn to high standards. I'm always a bit surprised that it's still necessary to have this conversation, but I guess it is.

Learning From Improvement or Not

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

When I visited it was clear that a lot of things had spurred school improvement, but it had all started with a change in leadership. This is completely in line with all the best research -- school improvement almost always starts with a new principal.

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

The Elephant in the School Failure Debate

Joan McRobbie | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Joan McRobbie

By all means we need high expectations in our schools. But with the spotlight on income gaps, it's time to draw in the missing parts of the picture. Poverty is real. We need action at the statehouse, not just the schoolhouse, to enable educators to succeed in spite of it.

Youth in the Lead

Rick Ayers | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Too often we talk about "education" as if students were faceless automatons and the body of knowledge were a single thing, a set of settled truths, a desirable accomplishment that promises an end to poverty and a happy life.

Rebecca Klein

These Schools Made A Commitment To Black Boys And Are Now Seeing Big Results

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices

Schools in Oakland, California, may have found the key to closing the achievement gap between African-American males and other groups of students, acc...

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Reaches High Of 81 Percent

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

The U.S. high school graduation rate reached a new high of 81 percent for the 2012–2013 school year, according to data released Thursday by the Depa...

Reading Instruction and the Achievement Gap

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In the last decade or so, schools have so focused on early reading that too many have ignored the need for students to know a great deal of content to understand what they are reading. Too many have undervalued the role instruction in science, history, and the arts play in reading instruction -- which is, I suspect, at least part of why so many eighth-graders don't read at a proficient level.

Giving Every American Kid a Real Opportunity and Rising Above Achievement Gaps, Cheating, Bullying and School Shootings

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

The Idea Revolution: How Youth of Color Will Build Our Future

Brandon Hill | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Brandon Hill

What if I told you that the cure for cancer will come from the mind of a Hispanic girl in South Central Los Angeles? Or that the invention that will replace the Internet will come from the imagination of a Black boy from Harlem?

The Global Search for Education: What's the Secret to Canada's Success?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In 2003, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada initiated a focus on educational improvement as one of its key strategies for the future success of its people and its economy. Since then, the entire system has dramatically improved.

Researchers Think They Have Found A Way To Help Close The Achievement Gap

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

Growing up poor can affect a child's behavior and school performance. Research has found that the brains of students from poverty-stricken environment...

Critical Thinking Is Crucial for Success

Stedman Graham | Posted 02.11.2015 | Business
Stedman Graham

Rapid advances in technology make it crucial that we not only learn new skill sets, but that we also continually assess the results and impacts of our new habits.