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Love and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.11.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Valentine's Day is this Sunday. If you are spending it thinking about effect sizes or research designs or education policy, shame on you. Unless, of course, that sort of thing turns you on.

How to Convert a Terrorist in Three Grades or Less

Jeffrey E. Stern | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Jeffrey E. Stern

There was a child we will call Meena. She lived in Pakistan. She was a child of energy and initiative. She was six years old when she attempted her first terrorist attack.

A Critical Silent Win of Every Student Succeeds Act

Teach Plus | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Casie Jones Sitting on a plane on my way home from Seattle, I am sorting through reflections on the historical end of No Child Left Behind and th...

The State of Education Is Not Strong

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Laurie Levy

My fourth grade granddaughter recently asked me what I was thinking to write for my next blog post. She has strong opinions and great suggestions, so I turned the question back to her, and she told me that even with an excellent and innovative teacher that she loves, it is hard to stay focused on the work all day.

What's Working: Collaboration & Personalized Learning in the Classroom

Allan Golston | Posted 01.27.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

In 2013, I began experimenting with what's called a personalized model: Instead of receiving instruction solely through traditional lessons, students work independently, in small groups, or with me, either one on one or in small groups for their lessons.

The Special Education Graduation Gap

Todd Grindal | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Todd Grindal

Lost in all of the discussion about these new graduation numbers is recognition that graduation rates for students with disabilities remain abysmal.

What to Do Next With Teacher Evaluations

William Slotnik | Posted 12.18.2015 | Education
William Slotnik

Teacher evaluation is a contentious issue. It tends to be more so when evaluation systems must show evidence of a teacher's contribution to student learning, as federal initiatives have recently required. The stakes are high, since how a teacher is rated affects his or her continued employment, advancement, and even compensation.

Justice Scalia's Message to Black Children

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

I received this excellent piece from one of my colleagues at Success Academy. I am proud to work with her and the thousands of others who fight to pro...

Beyond Planning Prom--Connecting the Resurgent Student Voice Movements Across the Country

Andrew Brennen | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Andrew Brennen

As organizers for student-led advocacy organizations, we have directly seen and heard from thousands of young people who are ready to be more than just passive consumers of our schools. We are beginning to realize that we can and should be active agents of our education destiny.

Looks Like School Forgot To Teach Us How To Remember

Steven Shehori | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Steven Shehori

In the 21st century, there must be some compelling new learning and retention methods at our disposal. Ones that can be slowly introduced at the state and federal level. Honestly, how exciting -- and beneficial -- would this be for our upcoming generations of students? Short answer: very.

Five Strategies for Teachers to Affect Education Policies That Impact Our Students

Teach Plus | Posted 12.01.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As teachers, we have an invaluable vantage point on how policies impact students. Here are five strategies to help you advocate for better education policies.

We Need to Close the 'Word Gap' for Low-Income Children

Sandra Waxman | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Sandra Waxman

Closing the gap matters for several reasons. Most importantly, without access to high-quality childcare, infants and toddlers from low-income families face increasingly steep developmental challenges.

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 12.11.2015 | 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...