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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.

Joy Resmovits

More Minority Students Should Be In Special Ed, Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Bridging the Critical Gap Between Middle and High School

Teach Plus | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The transition from middle to high school is a critical inflection point, and students who fall behind in ninth grade are at great risk of dropping out. That is why I support the Middle School Success and High School Graduation Initiative Amendment, which aims to provide struggling schools with tools to help students bridge this gap.

Afford to Dream

Daniel Hamidi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Daniel Hamidi

Many opponents to expanding education to DREAM-ers argue that tax-payers pay for aid programs, and only children from tax-paying families should have access to these programs. But this argument is extremely misguiding.

Shouldn't Somebody Have to Intervene?

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

If a low-income child is trapped in a school that has been failing its children for years, shouldn't someone in a responsible position act to intervene?

Rebecca Klein

American Kids Are Poorer Than They Were Decades Ago, Education Report Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

Poverty, which affects a growing number of American students, begins its negative impact on learning as early as the beginning of kindergarten, accord...

Lesson for Urban Cities: How Chicagoans Stand Up for Quality Schools

Andrew Broy | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Andrew Broy

Chicago has been a school reform battlefield for decades. That is why the re-election of Mayor Rahm Emanuel carries with it national implications. In a race mirroring national trends, a centrist big-city Democrat faced off against a progressive challenger attacking him from the left.

The Testing Opt-Out Movement Explodes, and the Empire Strikes Back

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

As the resistance continues to escalate, we will no doubt see more threats and misrepresentations. But the movement shows every sign of remaining energized and united, keeping its eyes on the prize: a more rational approach to assessment and accountability that does not turn schools into test prep centers full of fearful teachers and disengaged students.

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.

What You Need to Know About Lincoln Chaffee's Record on Student Loans

Stephen Dash | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Stephen Dash

This is part of an ongoing series by Credible about how the 2016 presidential candidates would affect student loans and the financing of edu...

Critics of Colleges Should Listen to What Employers Really Want From Students

John A. Tures | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
John A. Tures

When it comes to college costs, Victor Davis Hanson should check out where the money is actually spent.

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.

Why Don't We Have Family Leave Policies for High School Students?

Naomi Shatz | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Naomi Shatz

Teen parents who are able to finish high school have significantly better outcomes for themselves and their children than those that drop out. That being the case, why do we offer no legal protection for teens based on their status as parents?

A Framework for Preventing Lethal School Violence: Part 2 (of 2)

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

In order to prevent lethal school violence, we need to be able to talk about it. This is a difficult topic to talk about. If we truly want a national dialogue on lethal school violence prevention, then we quickly might find ourselves at a crossroads.

Teacher Urges Congress to Fund Students Now

Teach Plus | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress want to cut Elementary and Secondary Education Act funding, and, according to the Center for American Progress, the savings will be rerouted away from high-need schools and students like mine to low-poverty schools. What sort of vision of education is that? What sort of vision of our democracy is that?

Why Now Is the Time to Go Into Teaching

Sean McComb | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Sean McComb

It's time to move the conversation from dissecting what was said, or whether a single opinion is right or wrong, to focus on why it was said. Why do those sentiments resonate among teachers? What can we do about the underlying challenges?

Rating Colleges

Stuart Dorsey | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Stuart Dorsey

Along with baseball and romance, spring means it's time for parents and students to get serious about college search. College is a big investment and the financial and personal payoff to making the right choice is huge.

Is Your Child's Creativity Going Unnoticed?

Mark HT Ridinger, MD | Posted 05.17.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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.