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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.

Lessons From Newark: Why School Reforms Will Not Work Without Addressing Poverty

The Conversation US | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Downtown Newark is only 12 miles from lower Manhattan, but there are days when the distance seems much greater. While New York grapples with gentrification and globalization, Newark struggles -- with some signs of success -- to revive its economy.

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean of Toxins During Sleep

Jackie Stroka | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

A 2013 study on mice showed that during sleep the brain clears out harmful waste proteins that build up between its cells -- a process that may re...

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools - Part 2: Conducting Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teaching philosophy entails making students aware of what they may overlook -- the emotional advantages and disadvantages of holding a particular viewpoint. This is important because students may not even realize that the emotions can exercise a powerful influence upon thinking.

Starting the Year? Here Is Why You Need to Find a Mentor TODAY

Svetlana Dotsenko | Posted 09.16.2015 | College
Svetlana Dotsenko

When Ridwan Alam just started working in a lab as a freshman at Wayne State University in Michigan, he did primarily mechanical work, but by the sophomore year, his research became more sophisticated and demanding. "I grew cells," he said.

Sleeping With Wolves and Camping in a Boreal Forest: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (Québec, Canada)

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

We were not only going to a private wolf sanctuary, Aventuraid, but also to an animal wilderness park - Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien. The zoo was in a stunning boreal forest, and we looked forward to experiencing a camping, canoeing and hiking adventure.

Joy Resmovits

These Are The States That Demand The Least Of Their Students | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

What does it mean to be passing math class? The answer to this question varies from state to state, according to a new report released by the resea...

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More Minority Students Should Be In Special Ed, Study Says | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

For decades, some education leaders and researchers have asserted that school districts often use special education placement as a way to segregate bl...

Breaking the Code: How Pencils of Promise Uses Tech for Social Good

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Saeed Jabbar

Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a passionate for-purpose organization that delivers quality education to impoverished children. They've built over 300 schools and impacted over 340,000 lives all while pioneering the for-purpose driven organization.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Joy Resmovits

Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient In U.S. History | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

Which of these do the governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common: a) They are controlled by the military; b) They have constitutions t...

Who Will Tell Our Stories?

Aaron Elster | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Aaron Elster

Every man, woman and child has a story. For some it is found in the most unlikely of places, during one of the most horrific of times, where actions of a few meant life versus death. Mine is a story of survival: my own and my family's.

What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

Charles Howard | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.

Great Teaching Is The Real Test

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

In math, our students do extraordinarily well not because we teach them how to take a test, but because our teachers guide them to fall in love with problem-solving.

Joy Resmovits

This School District Is Hiring By The Thousands | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

Technology specialist Sara Boucher teaches about 1,000 students in classes as large as 45 at Steven G. Schorr Elementary School in Clark County, Nevad...

The Straw That Broke the Teacher's Back

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Real education reform requires many voices, working on a variety of platforms, and a variety of issues. But the one voice that is consistently missing is the voice of educators. We can change that as a profession.

Je Suis Charlie, but Can We Have a World of Respect?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Last week, I sat next to a French production executive at the Reality TV Awards. Our discussion centered around the attack a couple weeks earlier at the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and the world outpouring thereafter for free speech.

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.

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for...

The Power of Policy in K-12 Education and Beyond

Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick

When it comes to revolutionary progress, administrators -- in education and beyond -- often try to circuit policy. But as the saying goes, true progress occurs when you transform a roadblock into a stepping stone.

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State Of The Union Doesn't Mention No Child Left Behind Rewrite Efforts | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

Parents, teachers and policymakers who listened to Tuesday night's State of the Union address heard an earful from President Barack Obama about his in...

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Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

When Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) children were young and their preschool stood on the brink of closure, she snapped into action. She gathered them i...

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The Obama Administration Officially Wants This Major Education Law Rewritten | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

After years of dancing around Congress to help states evade the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration thinks it's time to go back to the ...

Trouble Focusing? New Checklist Can Help Parents Make Evaluations

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Were you one of the many parents who ended 2014 feeling a little concerned about their child's attention span? You're not alone. These parents were looking to make a change in 2015, but didn't know where to begin.

Should We Require Computer Science Classes?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 03.07.2015 | Technology
Rajat Bhageria

it is precisely because we live in this modern world that this recent subject is so incredibly important; everything around us was in some sense affected by code, and yet most of us cannot even write a simple program that calculates how much gas we use in a year.