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Education Policy

Response to Intervention and Bob's Law

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The problem in education reform isn't a lack of good ideas. It's a lack of good ideas implemented with enough clarity, consistency and integrity to actually make a difference in rigorous experiments. A recent large-scale evaluation of Response to Intervention (RTI) illustrates this problem once again.

U.S. Schools Don't Fail at Test Performance, They Fail at Citizenship Development

Arthur Camins | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

We need an education system intentionally designed to engage students to understand their values and to learn how to become effective citizens. Which questions teachers ask or do not ask influences how their students understand the world and their role in it.

Hello There, Racism

Justin Curmi | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Justin Curmi

The end goal is to teach students empathy, a skill that seems to go unnoticed. Through empathy, racism is diluted, for it teaches individuals how to reflect on issues outside of themselves.

I Thought Students Had No Reason to Drop Out. I Was Wrong.

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

It was my first day as a tutor at McClellan High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. I walked into the front office to sign in when, to my left, I saw a young student holding a newborn baby. She couldn't have been older than 15.

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.

Making Sense of Assessments: State-level NAEP Comparisons Offer Better Policy Guide Than International Assessments

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Let's treat social, economic, and education policies as the innately interwoven drivers of children's school and life trajectories that they are. And let's start putting them all on the right track.

This Former Venture Capitalist Is Trying To Change Education One Community At A Time

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Ted Dintersmith is on a whirlwind tour of trying to change education in America, one community at a time.  Dintersmith, a former venture capitali...

New Study Finds Students Who Want To Get Better Grades Should Start Volunteering More

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

For low-income students in middle school, the key to academic achievement may be participating in community service instead of religious activities.&...

Improving Schools for Every Student

Harriet Sanford | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

More often than not in recent years, schools have had to go it alone in trying to meet the needs of our most underserved students. So it's encouraging to see a renewed emphasis on context, and on the kinds of solutions we've seen work in some of our neediest communities

Study: Kids Take 100-Plus Required Tests Through 12th Grade

AP | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.26.2015 | Education

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Promoting, Protecting and Realising the Rights of Children: A Matter of Political Will

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

Every child has the same human rights as adults. These include the right to life, food, health, education, development, a clean environment and the right to be heard.

Is the Number of Black Teachers in Decline? It Depends on Who You Ask.

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

As a society in general, and educators in particular, we need to delve deeper into the reported reason teachers of color leave which include paltry working conditions in already persistently dangerous, under performing, under funded urban public schools.

This Simple Survey Could Help Close The Achievement Gap

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

Teachers, do you want your students to perform better in school? Then take the survey below, have your students take the survey and compare the answer...

'What Makes You Creative?' Connecting the Dots With Thomas Jefferson

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Have you ever heard anyone say arts education is a bad idea? Then why can't we make sure every child, especially those from poor neighborhoods, has access to it?

Teachers are Leading the Change in IPS

Teach Plus | Posted 09.24.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Our district will only thrive if more teachers step into leadership. We need to ensure our evaluation system is accurate, fair and growth-oriented. Teachers must help define what these new 'teacher leadership' roles look like in schools.

The Word That Was Glaring in Its Absence: Education

David Levin | Posted 09.22.2015 | Education
David Levin

Seven. That's the number of times the word "education" came up in Wednesday night's Republican debate.


Gary Stager | Posted 09.22.2015 | Education
Gary Stager

Ahmed's growing gift bag of goodies will do nothing to cleanse the Irving, Texas schools and community of its toxicity, xenophobia, Islamophobia, or racism. The misbehaving adults will not have their behaviors addressed.

The Skeleton Key to Understanding Donald Trump on Education...and Everything Else

Dan Butin | Posted 09.11.2015 | Education
Dan Butin

Trump is not just a candidate with political positions; Trump is the political position.

5 Things You Should Know About Schools In 2015

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — No more sleeping in. With new backpacks, pens and pencils and clothes, millions of children are back in school or heading ther...

Taking Stock in Our Children: In a Time of Volatile Markets, How We Can Play the 'Long Game' by Investing in Our Society's Future

Riane Eisler | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

When world markets convulse, people tend to think short term. But as a society, we must start focusing on what investors call the "long game" -- re-examining our economic priorities to improve and stabilize more lives over time.

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

Teacher as Talent

Philip Kovacs | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Philip Kovacs

Google "teacher shortage" and the results are frightening. As a former teacher, and as a former teacher educator, I am not surprised.

Where Do the 2016 Candidates Stand on Education?

Michael Lombardo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Michael Lombardo

As parents, community members and taxpayers, we deserve to know where our candidates stand on critical education issues.

Who Cares for the Caregivers? What Unionization Could Mean for the Future of Publically Funded Childcare

Todd Grindal | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Todd Grindal

We should all be able to agree that, to date, home-based childcare workers have not received the compensation or the consistent support they need to effectively promote the health, development and safety of young children. Unions are willing (and may just be able) to push for these changes.

House and Senate Taking Up NCLB Rewrite This Week Could Result In Leftover Fireworks for Federal Education Policy

Bob Wise | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Bob Wise

This could be the most momentous week in federal education policy in the thirteen years since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) became law. The fact that the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up a major rewrite of NCLB is historic in and of it itself.