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Tackling Children's Mental Health Needs, Step-by-Step

Judith Sandalow | Posted 05.04.2016 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I'm a pragmatic optimist. Why? Because I've seen what can happen when people roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of making needed changes. Thin...

The Difference 20 Years Makes for Children

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.19.2017 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I meet many 20-year-olds on the cusp of aging out of foster care. So many have beaten the odds and are on the path to successful adulthood. Others still struggle to find that path. All have faced trauma, often a lack of education and other hardships that have long-lasting effects.

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.23.2016 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

In DC, Each Education Challenge Represents An Opportunity To Innovate

Kaya Henderson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Kaya Henderson

We have set the tone in the district over the past several years with a motto of "we are DCPS and we can do this." Over the coming weeks, our students will take the Aspen Challenge head on, and I am going to be squarely in their corner cheering them on.

Building A Child-Friendly DC, Part 1

Judith Sandalow | Posted 03.25.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

How can DC's new and returning leaders move forward? The questions to answer are: what does a child-friendly city look like? And, what specifically can the government do to make more progress for all children?

Hey Mom and Dad, It's Me, the Son You're Proud of for Being a Teacher... Listen, I May Need to Borrow Some Cash

Vin Testa | Posted 12.14.2013 | DC
Vin Testa

My message to Congress is simple: I don't need to get paid in order to do my job because I love what I do. Why do you?

The Unlikely School Reformer

Richard Whitmire | Posted 10.06.2013 | DC
Richard Whitmire

These are really hard words for me to write: Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray deserves a lot of credit for improving education in his city.

D.C. Schools: Have You No Shame?

John Thompson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

The Washington Post contrasts reinforcement used at some Washington, D.C. schools in order to motivate students when taking standardized tests, with the negative reinforcement used at another, Wilson Elementary.

School Vacations and the Achievement Gap: Breaking the Connection

Judith Sandalow | Posted 05.29.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

As a community we need to think broadly about solutions that will allow students to take a break from school without pushing poor families to their breaking points.

Jennifer Howard's Review of "Radical" -- More Rave Than Review

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.24.2013 | DC
Elaine Weiss

The level of controversy Michelle Rhee has engendered as a school reformer contrasts sharply with largely unskeptical reviews of her new book, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.

Only Four In Ten D.C. Third Graders Are Proficient Readers, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.04.2013 | DC

Only four in 10 D.C. third-graders are proficient readers and even fewer are proficient in math, according to a report release Monday. According to...

Nation's Capital Considers Dropping U.S. Government High School Grad Requirement

Posted 01.24.2013 | Education

In an ironic twist, public school leaders in the nation's capital are considering allowing its high school students to graduate without taking an adva...

Was Michelle Rhee a Cheater?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Richard Whitmire

The Rhee critics trying to make the sins of some teachers the sins of Rhee merely illustrate how polarizing Rhee was, and still is. There are plenty of reasons to judge Rhee harshly for her time here, but cheating doesn't even make the top ten.

How An Urban STEM School Turns Things Around Against All Odds

Posted 01.09.2013 | Education

American youth appear less interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields compared to students of other countries ...

Behind Frontline's Michelle Rhee Documentary

| Alexander Russo | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of This Week In Education. How fascinating to wake up and find out that Adell Cothorne (pictured), the Noyes Elemen...

D.C. Students Score Better On Sex-Ed Exam Than Math Or Reading

Posted 12.13.2012 | Education

Washington, D.C., students scored better on standardized exams about sex education and drugs last spring than they did on the reading and math portion...

D.C. Schools Chancellor Proposes Closing 20 City Schools By Next Year

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

Twenty D.C. Public Schools have been targeted for closure before the next school year, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday. Per the Washin...

DCPS School Closures List Expected To Be Released Tuesday

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

A list of D.C. Public Schools targeted for closure or consolidation is expected to be announced Tuesday by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the Washington ...

How Do We Keep The 'Irreplaceable' Teachers From Leaving?

Posted 11.08.2012 | Education

In a follow-up to its report on teacher retention titled The Irreplaceables, The New Teacher Project examined retention patterns in the District of Co...

Fairfax Teachers Say They Will 'Cheat' On New Evaluations

Posted 11.08.2012 | Education

Teachers in Fairfax County, Va. say they are so confused and overwhelmed by the new system of teacher evaluations that they will resort to cheating, t...

D.C. Schools Alerting Parents With Children Being Taught By Non-Highly Qualified Teachers

Posted 11.05.2012 | Education

Letters were recently mailed to parents with children in the District of Columbia Public Schools system, informing them if their child was being taugh...

Let's Be Grown Ups When We Talk About Education

Tim Krepp | Posted 12.19.2012 | DC
Tim Krepp

Education is one of the toughest issues facing our city and our region so it's critical we engage in an honest conversation about it as we move forward.

D.C.'s Cheating Investigation Focuses On Only One School

Posted 08.24.2012 | Education

A report commissioned by DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson in March 2011 and released Wednesday said it didn't find evidence of widespread c...

D.C. At-Risk Students Paid $5.25 An Hour To Attend Summer School

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

The District of Columbia is paying more than 300 students $5.25 an hour to attend summer school, the Washington Examiner reports. The "Summer Brid...

D.C. Schools Show Improvement In Standardized Test Scores

Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

Standardized test scores for D.C. public school students showed growth in three subject areas, according to statewide 2012 DC CAS results released Thu...