As a nation, it behooves us to consider how we prioritize various learning experiences. As millions of high school students leap through the hoops and hurdles of the next 9 months of the school year, we must look beyond short-term gains in specific skills and knowledge toward their longer term needs and desires.
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.
One thing is certain, as we continue our work with the teachers it is glaringly apparent that they NEED permission to pause. They NEED permission to reflect. They NEED permission to understand themselves better so they are better able to handle the rigors of teaching.
The expectations in affluent communities are far greater than getting to proficient and instead focus on AP exam scores, Tier 1 college admissions, and "Advanced Proficient" percentages. Few people outside of education actually know what "proficient" means as it relates to the recently implemented common core standards.
Seven. That's the number of times the word "education" came up in Wednesday night's Republican debate.
It's no big secret that parents, educators and esteemed academics agree that a first-rate education needs to be a priority for everyone today. It can't be reserved just for the chosen ones; those who live in a better zip code or who are born into the "right" ethnic group.
I ask her about her research and concern for gender equality. Her thorough analysis of the global situation makes it clear that gender inequality is not only cruel, but also economically disadvantageous. In our interview, Linda shares her tips for what educators and parents can do to combat gender inequality.
24 debaters from 11 countries will explore answers to the question in the Education Fast Forward live global debate on September 24. EFF Trustee and Education World Forum Director, Gavin Dykes, will chair the debate.
Randi Weingarten is the President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). I talk to Randi about what we can learn from successful education models abroad, the increasing importance of teachers having robust global and cultural competence, and how the US can do a better job supporting its teachers.
Hopefully this series of mini book reviews, will help to contribute to bridging the gap and finding more common ground.
The relative exclusion of African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial curriculum of so many schools in the U.S., even in its mild liberal form, has strange effects.
No child should have to leave her neighborhood just to find a decent school. People don't want choice; they want good schools. So in my perfect world, every child is able to attend a great school in his own neighborhood, with his neighbors, where his family lives.
Teaching philosophy entails making students aware of what they may overlook -- the emotional advantages and disadvantages of holding a particular viewpoint. This is important because students may not even realize that the emotions can exercise a powerful influence upon thinking.
Ifi charter schools are only as good as their teachers and leaders why not try to make the district more efficient so that you can have publicly governed schools and a publicly governed system responding to the needs of Newark kids and the concerns of the community?
Congress is back in session and one of the first orders of business is the reauthorization of ESEA. Up for debate will be how to bring two conflicting visions for education into one bill that can pass congressional muster and be signed into law.
If children are being taught about climate from Florida's fifth grade science textbook from publisher Scott Foresman, then those children are learning from a text so riddled with glaring and obvious errors that it's hard to know how such a book could see the light of day.