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Is Your Child's Creativity Going Unnoticed?

Mark HT Ridinger, MD | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Mark HT Ridinger, MD

Intelligence is of course an important part of the equation but what of creativity, of identifying and measuring divergent thinking, and fostering its development?

It's All About the Children

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark Pocan

House Republicans ironically named their No Child Left Behind reauthorization bill the Student Success Act, which attempts to gut our public education system and take vital funding away from the neediest students. This bill is paving the way for the privatization of education through the expansion of voucher programs.

The Better Way to Improve Education: Invest and Trust

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

Democracy, opportunity, and shared responsibility are core, if sometimes contested, and not yet realized, aspirational American values. We need a society in which there is not just more equal opportunity, but more lived equity.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

Machiavelli in the Classroom

John Ewing | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
John Ewing

The notion that we can judge success after one or two years is simple ignorance. Test scores can be valuable to students, but education is far more than a few dozen tests in Math and English. Education is not naturally a part of politics, and when politicians get involved in the details, they inevitably make a mess.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

The Changing Role of the SEA

TNTP | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
TNTP

To say we're in a time of tremendous transformation in education has practically become a cliché. Unfortunately, most state education agencies (SEAs) didn't get the memo. Many still function as bureaucracies dedicated to compliance and enforcement.

Randomized Controlled Trials: Powerful, But Only When Used Right

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

RCTs are important. They are an outstanding tool that researchers have to obtain better insights. However, RCTs need to be designed better: we need more intervention arms, better control groups, better definition and measurement of other possibly affected behaviors, and longitudinal designs including follow-ups to evaluate long-term effectiveness.

Joy Resmovits

Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Joy Resmovits

State Of The Union Doesn't Mention No Child Left Behind Rewrite Efforts

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

EduScholar Rankings: Where Education Policy Should Be Going, Versus Where It Is

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

There is a gap--no, a chasm--between what scholars find to be at the root of achievement gaps and what we must do to narrow them, and the agendas that many policymakers continue to push.

Joy Resmovits

Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

'American Higher Education in Crisis?' -- A Fact-Filled and Thought-Provoking Must-Read

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Goldie Blumenstyk's new book, American Higher Education in Crisis?, should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of higher education -- faculty, trustees, executives, and government officials, as well as analysts and pundits.

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

The revolution we still need builds on the values of equity, democracy and community responsibility that drove these advances. The revolution we still need seeks even broader racial, social and economic justice.

With an Eye on the Future

Rep. Mark Takano | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark Takano

Full-throated support for public education should be a no-brainer for Democratic candidates. They should tout their support for neighborhood schools, while pointing out how their Republican opponents want to slash funding and resources.

Joy Resmovits

The Obama Administration Officially Wants This Major Education Law Rewritten

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

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.

A Bipartisan Proposal for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

Just when you thought bipartisanship was a thing of the past, here comes a proposal so sensible, so much in everyone's interest, and mirabile dictu, it comes from key Republican and Democratic leaders.

Shouldn't Educators Be The Ones Discussing Education On Cable News?

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters, ...

Joy Resmovits

Obama Just Ensured That His Education Legacy Will Last After He Leaves Office

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration is inviting states to apply to renew their waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act. And according to guidance issued Thursd...

Literacy for All, Yes! The New Literacy

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel

The more we ask of children, the more they can do; the higher the standards we set for those who teach children, the farther they will reach.

A Policy Idea Both Parties Can Agree on

Anne Mosle | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Anne Mosle

It is time for other policymakers across the country to join this effort. Unless they rise to this challenge, the next generation will be at further risk - for academic struggles, for lower wages, and, ultimately, for the same challenges facing their parents for economic stability

The Common Core Standards: A Matter of One Nation

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.01.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

'We the people... in order to form a more perfect union...' There have been statements made throughout the history of the United States of America...

Once A Sleepy Campaign Issue, Education Gains Clout

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Middle school art teacher Cynthia Bliss laced up her sneakers, grabbed a jacket and spent most of a recent Saturday asking stra...

Arne Duncan Blows Standardized Smoke

Peter Greene | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There was a time when Duncan could be counted on to at least say the right thing before he went ahead and did the wrong thing.