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Achievement Gap

Are We Really 250 Years Away From Closing the Achievement Gap?

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

This "wait" has almost always meant "never." ... "Justice too long delayed is justice denied." --Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail...

Surprise! White People Don't Really Care About School Diversity

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.21.2016 | Black Voices

Last century, white parents from Arkansas to Boston vigorously opposed the integration of local schools. Today, most white Americans still do not sup...

California Jolt: State Upends How It Funds and Runs Education

Joan McRobbie | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Joan McRobbie

It's hard to find stories of "upheaval" in the way states structure the machinery of public schooling. Wrangling interests tend to allow only a little...

American Kids Are Graduating From High School At Record Rates

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

The U.S. high school graduation rate reached another record high in the 2013-14 school year, with teens graduating at 82 percent, the U.S. Department...

One Man's Decades-Long Battle To Eliminate School Segregation

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

Twenty years ago, Daniel Shulman was the attorney in a lawsuit brought against Minnesota for perpetuating racial and socioeconomic segregation in scho...

When Rich And Poor Learn Together, Kids Win

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics

With all the roadblocks thrown up by the Supreme Court, should school systems still try to pursue diversity? One district in North Carolina said yes ...

Recognizing Great High Schools By What They Actually Do

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.11.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.

8 Proven Ways to Close the Achievement Gap

Ossa Fisher | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Ossa Fisher

Close cooperation between schools, parents, and the community is one of the keys to closing achievement gaps. Parent involvement has a strong, direct impact on student achievement.

Missing: Talented and Underserved

Sandy Marshall | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Sandy Marshall

In the STEM space talented, capable students who don't look like we might expect; who may not live in the zip code with the awesome robotics club; whose parents may not be aware that a few bus stops away from their front door a world of opportunity awaits. This needs to change.

This Is Why I Send My Son To Private School

Michelle Maltais | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Michelle Maltais

There are no do-overs or reboots, and our primary job as parents is to lay a solid foundation for our children's future. I want more for my son. I expect more of my son -- and so should his school. My kids are not an experiment for a foundering system.

Graduation Rate Gap Between Black And White Students Is Closing In Most States

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

High school graduation rates were on the rise during the 2013-2014 school year, according to new preliminary data released Monday by the U.S. Departm...

This Simple Survey Could Help Close The Achievement Gap

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

Teachers, do you want your students to perform better in school? Then take the survey below, have your students take the survey and compare the answer...

Emotional Intelligence Is Overrated

Maurice Ewing, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Maurice Ewing, Ph.D.

We'd rather take comfort in the view that intelligence and talent don't matter. We'd like to believe there's some "great equalizer" that will instantaneously (or at least through enough training) make us great all on our own.

The Common Core State Standards Are Good for Democrats and Republicans

Bill Richardson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
Bill Richardson

The fact is, these standards are good for everyone. That's why none of the efforts to repeal the standards this year--that's zero--have succeeded. And for the sake of our students, I'm proud to say I'm confident they never will.

Runaway Teens At Large: Greenwich Commissioner Alan Barry's Answer

Katherine Du | Posted 10.05.2015 | Teen
Katherine Du

Teenage runaways fall into two categories: chronic and episodic. Chronic running away is a routine power ploy that could involve substance abuse, while episodic running away involves isolated incidents in which a humiliating event, such as a pregnancy or fear of parental disapproval, triggers a teenager to flee home.

No Student Should Have to Be "White Enough" to Succeed in School

Anindya Kundu | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Anindya Kundu

By the end of this semester if I can get that student to realize that she does not need to appear "white enough" to succeed, or that at least in my class she does not, I will consider that a victory.

Magnetic Attraction: Realizing Student Potential Through Specialized Curricula

Carol J. Carter | Posted 10.09.2015 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Quietly working to close the achievement gap in America, magnet schools offer competitive education without regard to real estate. Magnet schools originated in the 1970s in hope of promoting voluntary desegregation.

The Global Search for Education: Can Tech Help Students Learn?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.13.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

A new report, "Students, Computers, and Learning: Making the Connection," investigates the stats on crucial contemporary issues of technology and education. The author, Francesco Avvisati, is an analyst of education reports for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

These States Are Implementing Plans To Make Sure Good Teachers End Up In Poor Communities

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

In Missouri, the state's most vulnerable students are often left with the least experienced teachers. Nearly 10 percent of educators in the poorest sc...

Sharing the Weight of the American Dream with Black and Brown Youth

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.08.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

That can be a fatal flaw in efforts to improve educational opportunity and equity. Open communication and "two-way" teaching between students and teachers ought to be embraced by every school district in the country.

Rising Tides: Building a Better New Orleans for Our Students

Erika McConduit-Diggs | Posted 09.03.2015 | Black Voices
Erika McConduit-Diggs

Ten years have passed since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and as we commemorate that fateful August day and its aftermath, we should also remember to celebrate one of the most remarkable stories of New Orleans' recovery--its students.

7 Facts School Leaders Want You To Know About Kids In New Orleans

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 09.09.2015 | Black Voices

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The Debate Over Jewish Achievement: A Review

Varda Epstein | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Varda Epstein

Steve marveled at the way Jews produced so many talented businessmen. His interest was piqued. Was it something Jews are born with, that creates so many Nobel Laureates and high achievers in every field? Or did it have something to do with Jewish values and culture?

When Should Your Young Athlete Specialize?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

This question torments every parent who wants to support their children's efforts as they pursue their own personal greatness in a sport. It is also one of the most frequently asked questions I get from parents of young athletes.

Growing Students' Brains in the Summer

Teach Plus | Posted 07.23.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Growing up, I experienced one of public education's intractable problems between June and September -- the summer brain drain. It was like all that Algebra and English never happened.