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White Dads, Black Kids: Living Diversity in an Independent School

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

The following post was originally given as a talk at the annual meeting of Early Steps, "A Voice for Diversity in NYC Independent Schools," May 13, 20...

How to Implement a Coded Curriculum in Your School

Peter Hutton | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Peter Hutton

Coding is, indeed, everywhere today. And while not all of our students will be coders or engineers, they all need to acquire a level of coding literacy that will enable them to understand the power of coding in any career direction they choose.

Why Are All the Teachers White?

Christina Berchini | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Christina Berchini

For your race to be under-represented in your daily experience with others in the most meaningful of ways is one powerful way by which to be underserved by the schooling experience.

I'm Tired of People Telling Me My Kid Needs to Be Fixed

Meredith Spidel | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Meredith Spidel

Let me be clear from the get-go: no one has actually ever said these words. No, this is purely my sensitive Momma's heart hearing implications that may or may not be there.

Time to Add LGBT Education Into the Classroom

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Anthony Nicodemo

In the 22 months that I have been out of the closet, education has been my favorite word. Two years ago I sat in a room with my team following Jason Collins' announcement that he was gay. I asked them how they would feel about a gay teammate.

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 5

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

As impressed as we may be when reading Shakespeare, we shouldn't think that we've plumbed the depths of his meaning. As we mature, our understanding of his plays will deepen, as time and heartache teach us more about life than we may care to discover.

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 4

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.05.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

There are several ways of reading. We can read to escape or to be entertained; to be confirmed in our own point of view or be challenged by another; to be inspired or attack; to evaluate critically or challenge; to judge, condemn, or simply to understand. It is this last way of reading - of wanting to understand the human heart in its many permutations in Shakespeare that interests us here.

STEAM: Person, Place or Paradigm Shift?

Allison Gaines Pell | Posted 05.12.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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.