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The Future of Arts Education is a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy at the Podium

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

As teachers and students around the country head back to school, I can't help but think about my own years of starting school in the fall. I was alway...

A Little Ditty About Donald and Diane

Peter Cunningham | Posted 08.01.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Donald Trump thinks the Common Core State Standards are a disaster and so does education historian turned anti-education reform advocate Diane Ravitch...

Failure Is a Part of Success: The Gates Foundation Should Be Praised for Owning Up

Peter Cunningham | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

A recent editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping its efforts would succeed. It's also suffered failure and for that it's been criticized as having exercised too much influence over education policy.

Some Educators Have the Know-How to Turn Schools Around - Meet One

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

For the past few weeks I have been writing about Artesia High School in Southern California and the remarkable improvement the school has been making ...

You Can Try and Deny It, But Our Schools Need to Do Better Preparing Our Kids for College and Career

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

The following is a guest post from my colleague, Tracy Dell'Angela, a former Chicago Tribune journalist who has worked for a variety of education poli...

For California's Artesia High School, New Assessments Provide Less, Not More, Information -- at Least for Now

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In which I continue my quest to find out how expert educators are viewing the new assessments their students are taking. Today, I report on Artesia Hi...

High Standards & the 'Dumbest Generation'

Katrina Boone | Posted 04.28.2016 | Education
Katrina Boone

Are Americans today the dumbest they've ever been? It's a question that had kept me up at night, and one that I recently posed to my 11th grade Englis...

Tests and Children: Accessories to Education

Sara Roos | Posted 03.18.2017 | Education
Sara Roos

The essence of Education ®eform has been to transform students from the object to which pedagogy is directed, into the subject that is scrutinized as a proxy measure for institutional effect.

A Love Letter to Teachers

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 03.08.2017 | Education
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

I'd like to say "thank you," teachers. Yours is a noble profession, a critical one. Thank you for welcoming our kids into your classrooms--into your lives--day after day, with all their needs and moods and eccentricities and 'tudes.

State Superintendent's New Blueprint Clears Up Dangerous Myths on Common Core

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 01.29.2017 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards is one of the most important issues in education policy today. Here in California, we have strug...

In Education, the Effort Is Worth It

Janet Murguía | Posted 01.20.2017 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

The truth is, none of this will be easy -- for students, parents or teachers. But, as my parents showed me, Latinos never shy away from hard work, especially when it means a better future for our children.

Common Core Essential For Families of Vets, Active Forces

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 01.19.2017 | Education
Colonel David W. Sutherland

As U.S. society becomes increasingly mobile, the families of both active duty service members and veterans need a standard that allows for apples-to-apples comparisons between schools in different states. The Common Core deserve our support.

The Real NAEP Stories Live in the States

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.18.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

By now everyone who cares about National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results might be sick of thinking about them, in part because the 2015 results from what is often called the nation's report card were -- let's face it -- depressing.

The Common Core State Standards Are Good for Democrats and Republicans

Bill Richardson | Posted 10.07.2016 | 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.

The Institutional Racism Behind Getting to Proficient

Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III | Posted 09.23.2016 | Business
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III

The expectations in affluent communities are far greater than getting to proficient and instead focus on AP exam scores, Tier 1 college admissions, and "Advanced Proficient" percentages. Few people outside of education actually know what "proficient" means as it relates to the recently implemented common core standards.

Rising Tides: Building a Better New Orleans for Our Students

Erika McConduit-Diggs | Posted 09.03.2016 | 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.

Barbecuing [With] the Common Core

Stephen Chiger | Posted 08.20.2016 | Education
Stephen Chiger

As the 2016 presidential race revs up, we can expect that the Common Core standards will remain the boogeyman of U.S. education. A mere mention of their name is enough to inspire terror.

Common Core in a Little Town in Arkansas

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.20.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A colleague and I wanted to understand how could this little school where so many kids are learning English, and so many come from low-income families, be performing toward the top of the state?

What We Know, What We Do -- A Contradiction

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.17.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

For kids who are intelligent in different ways, who develop more slowly, or who are sensitive or quirky, the educational system has been especially ineffective. Many such folks find their way outside of, or in spite of, school, but the system has always served them poorly.

Teaching the Common Core 30 Years Ago

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.05.2016 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The teachers didn't have to waste time filling in checklists to prove that they had met these standards because they are internalized in high-quality teaching.

Why Reading to Learn Is Seldom Taught; Part II

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Vicki Cobb

In my last post, where I posited that high-quality trade books, like those in the picture, have a hard time getting into classrooms, several people challenged me: Where did I get my information?

A Nation Adrift

Jack Jennings | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

Improving teaching and learning in the classroom should have been the focus of attention, not tests and charter schools. "Fast and dirty" solutions, such as pressuring teachers to raise test scores, were a mistake.

Ten Signs Your Child Is in a Failing School District

Randy Turner | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Randy Turner

In these days of Common Core State Standards and continuing attacks on public education by billionaires and their bought-and-paid-for legislators, parents need a few guidelines on how to tell if their child is in a failing school district.

Arne Duncan: These Are The Things Parents Should Demand From Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Certain educational rights should be universal, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Friday. While speaking at the 2015 National Parent Tea...

The End of EPGY--Or, One Fewer Common Core Escape Route

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 06.22.2016 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

A few years ago, the students at the local elementary school took an exam for admission to EPGY, a math enrichment program run by Stanford University. Our son earned admission and has subsequently worked independently on online math assignments and met monthly with other students in the program.