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Randomized Controlled Trials: Powerful, But Only When Used Right

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 01.23.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 Caperton | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

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.

Joy Resmovits

These Students Were Falling Through The Cracks When It Came To Bullying

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

When a 10-year-old student with ADHD and a speech disability talks in a high-pitched voice, gym class can become a nightmare. Other students call him ...

What Exactly Is the 'Real World'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real maturity is when one comes full circle, realizing that imagination, romance and ideals are the "real world." The other stuff is only a tedious interlude to endure until you regain your perspective.

7 Bogus Assumptions of Education Reform

Peter Greene | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Some of the classic Not-Entirely-Truisms of the Reformster Movement have been quietly retired. For instance, one rarely hears the claim that teachers had major input in creating the Common Core anymore because there's hardly a soul left who can say it with a straight face.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

Why Teachers Weren't Invited to the Table

Peter Greene | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This month has been declared New Conversation Month by reformsters. Teachers are being offered (in vaguely non-specific ways) some sort of seats at various tables. Unfortunately, this largesse underlines just how much teachers have not been included in conversations about public education.

The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!

The Indigenous Language Challenge

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Colleen M Fitzgerald

People are posting videos where they take on dramatic challenges and tag others to join in. It's an energetic effort to raise awareness ... to use Native American languages.