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STEAM: Person, Place or Paradigm Shift?

Allison Gaines Pell | Posted 03.12.2015 | Education
Allison Gaines Pell

Children are capable of more than many want to give them credit for. The STEAM movement is popularizing this idea, and giving schools ways to think about language, time and space to make that idea real.

Cripping the Curriculum: Looking at Disability in Ontario's New Sexual Health Education Curriculum

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Almost immediately, it highlights the risks of sex for Persons with Disabilities, and how they may not have the social or emotional faculties to understand, appreciate or enjoy the sexual experience.

Kids in Groundbreaking 'Kindness Curriculum' Get Better Grades

Jason Powers | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Jason Powers

Harvard's report suggested that, through the guidance of adults, children need to practice caring and helpfulness as well as learn to manage destructive feelings. This can begin by simply teaching them to take a deep breath. The multiplication table can wait.

Smarts, With a Side of Grits

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Katharine Rose

According to a 2014 paper by the Australian psychology professor Arthur E. Poropat, research has shown that "conscientiousness" and "openness" (i.e. creativity and curiosity) are more important to student success than intelligence.

Why Do We Force Students to Read Shakespeare?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.

2015 Educational Technology Forecast: Increasingly Cloudy Skies

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

By 2019, schools will be spending nearly 19 billion dollars per year on educational technology. That's a lot of leverage. Educate your administrators and board members and let them know what you need. The forecast is cloudy, and that's a good thing.

Juneau, Alaska, Schools Cut 4 Controversial Native History Books From Curriculum

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Alaska Dispatch News

The Juneau School District superintendent on Thursday said he will remove four books from the fourth-grade curriculum that members of the public called into question this year, saying the controversial material distorted Native American history.

Kids Make an Elephant-Sized Impact on Conservation

John F. Calvelli | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

If you ask almost anyone involved in the conservation movement for the main reason why they fight to save endangered wildlife, they will often mention their children or the need to save threatened species for future generations.

Common Core Is Designed to Drive Your Local Curriculum

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Proponents of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) like to promote the idea that CCSS is "not a curriculum." The CCSS website further states the disjointed idea that local districts somehow retain true freedom over what is taught in the classroom. This is a lie.

Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Will students as individuals and we as a country have to be threatened with our education being taken from us to understand the value of learning for the sake of learning?

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

The curricula for competency-based programs as a whole are purpose-built to prepare students for industry and careers as they evolve

Engaging Those Kids in Writing

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Teaching writing has been a challenge for teachers for years. That is one of the reasons why many adults are poor writers; they did not get the training they needed in elementary school and high school.

@TheGiverMovie Joins #AOLBUILD

AOL BUILD | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD A best-selling novel and 1994 Newbery Medal winner written by Lois Lowry, The Giver is making the jump from the school cu...

The Public School Counterinsurgency Field Manual

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Their means may not be military, but across this great land, insurgent extremists are at work attacking public institutions and undermining the citizenry's confidence in the same. Our public schools are on the front lines.

Teacher Time

Peter Greene | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This is one of those things that non-teachers don't entirely get. If you work in an office, time is pretty flexy. If a meeting can benefit by running an extra 10 or 15 minutes, you just do it. But in most schools, when the bell rings, you're done. There is no little extra bit of time you can just throw into the work.

Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about.

The Business of Lesson Plans

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Creating and writing lesson plans are activities common to basic teacher education courses. Before entering a classroom, young educators are taught ho...

Common Sense Missing in Debate on American Public Education

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Change is hard and change is scary. So, it's all the more important that when we're making big changes -- especially to essential public services like education -- we take more care to focus on the goal and bring all the stakeholders together.

The Common Core and the Unknown Knowns

Joan McRobbie | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Joan McRobbie

Akin to Obamacare, the Common Core has a rollout problem. This one is not technological. Instead it reflects an implementation planning gap.

Common Core -- Curriculum or Not?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The Common Core is not a national curriculum, because it is not a curriculum at all. It is only a set of standards, and that's completely different from the scope and sequence of curriculum planning. But like that terrible Match.com date you went on, the standards/curriculum distinction only looks good on paper.

Economics Students From 19 Countries Demand Overhaul of Economics Education

Keith Harrington | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Keith Harrington

Note: The following open letter on economics education reform represents the joint effort of the members of the International Student Initiative for P...

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

Bowdoin's Double Bogey

Peter W. Wood | Posted 06.19.2014 | College
Peter W. Wood

This is American higher education today: an angry driver, lost and confused but too proud to stop and ask directions. "I'm not lost! I know exactly where I'm going!" And to prove it, that angry driver speeds up and zips past the next exit.

Mississippi's Horrific Approach to Sex Education

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Steve Siebold

What was supposed to educate and inform teenagers in the state has turned into a big joke.

Special Ed and Heroin: Letter to a First-Year Vermont Teacher

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

This is an email I wrote to a Special Education teacher colleague in her first year. The text is more or less just as I sent it to her last week. Name...