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The New Innovation

Michael Lombardo | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Michael Lombardo

Education, like art, is never 'done.' We have to constantly iterate and adapt, which means building a national culture of continuous improvement and innovation, responding to the challenges and opportunities of the day.

Providing All Students With a Quality Education Is a Moral -- and Economic -- Necessity

Bob Wise | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Bob Wise

By addressing the large gaps in high school graduation rates between white students and students of color, the nation could see large fiscal gains while improving the lives of millions of young Americans.

Rhode Island Equality, Breakthrough NY and 20th Street Park on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week, we started out with an update from Cathy Marino-Thomas, President of Marriage Equality USA, about the recent win in Rhode Island and debates in Nevada and elsewhere.

Feed Your Brain, Feed Your Life: The Science of Everyday Mindfulness

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Research in mindfulness has exploded exponentially over the last decade, suggesting improvements in both physical and mental health.

High Stakes for Hip-Hop Studies

Erik Nielson | Posted 06.29.2013 | College
Erik Nielson

I see the addition of hip-hop-themed courses to college curricula as a matter of basic common sense and something to celebrate. And yet teaching it remains controversial.

Going Hollywood: Science Accuracy Makes Its Long-Awaited Arrival in TV and Movies

Larry Bock | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Larry Bock

An increasing number of Hollywood productions are using real-life scientists as advisors to not only boost the technical accuracy of scripts and video content but to also create more exciting high-tech storylines to wow audiences.

Georgia High School Has Its First-Ever Integrated Prom

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices

Almost 60 years after the Supreme Court put an end to “separate but equal,” many high school students in Georgia's Wilcox County attended their fi...

What Do the Tests Test?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Rather than waste all this time and money on testing, an alternative is to just throw out the standardized tests and assign students to classes, schools, and colleges, based on their parents' income tax forms. While this may not be fair to students from poorer families, tax revenues would probably rise.

Education and Wealth

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Early cognitive development is so determinative of what happens later that to continue the tired squabble about who to blame -- teachers, schools, or the income distribution -- is to waste valuable time.

GOP Upheaval Of Education In Key State Leaves Dems Reeling

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Self-declared education reformers have had considerable success across the country over the past few decades, from charter school ...

New Indiegogo Project Aims to Modernize the Outdated Classroom Layout

Daniel Vahab | Posted 06.26.2013 | Technology
Daniel Vahab

Have you ever considered ​the fact ​that your classroom setup​ ​w​as​ largely the same from when you first entered a classroom as a youngster ​all the way through college? That's the question at the heart of a new Indiegogo crowd-funding project that aims to modernize the classroom.

10 Tips for Adjusting to New Surroundings

David Allyn | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
David Allyn

Adapting to a new set of cultural expectations and social norms -- while staying true to your own sense of self -- is never easy. Here are a few tips to make the transition a smooth one.

Refusing Austerity in America -- How "Baby Bonds" Could Expand Social Security

Alan A. Aja | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Alan A. Aja

We need to expand the conception and reach of social security rather than continuously put it on the national chopping block.

It's Time to Go Beyond the Credit Hour

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

At a time when students and families are seeking value in higher education, programs cost too much and too often fail to deliver on their promise of a...

Tricks of the Trade: Teaching Personal Finance to High School Students

Kathy Focht | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Focht

Creating a generation of financially savvy consumers is within our capability. Every effort we make will improve our students' financial future and, as a result, the future of our economy.

"Love Has No Color": Georgia High School Students Set to Hold First Integrated Prom

Democracy Now! | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

A group of Georgia high school students are making history by challenging the segregation of their high school prom. Thanks to their efforts and the s...

Violence and Education

Susan Henking | Posted 06.25.2013 | Crime
Susan Henking

Can colleges and universities impact the cities and towns in which they are located in ways that reduce violence? Perhaps we should be held accountable for evaluating not only individual student learning outcomes or economic impact to our communities but whether and to what extent we contribute to a more humane world.

What's Working

Julie Shafer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Julie Shafer

I've just returned from the Global Philanthropy Forum, an annual gathering of up to 500 philanthropists and social activists from all over the world. A very good place to remember how many things ARE working around the globe.

Let's Hear It for the CTC!

Eric Scroggins | Posted 06.25.2013 | San Francisco
Eric Scroggins

As educators, we're painted, sometimes fairly, as a pretty divisive and ideological bunch. It's against this backdrop that I find myself hopeful and grateful for the recent process spearheaded by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The 5 Causes of Test Cheating Scandals: From Atlanta to Washington D.C

Christopher Emdin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Christopher Emdin

Testing scandals will continue to persist if the structure of the present school system doesn't change. Here are the 5 main problems that help nurture this culture of cheaters.

Tax Cuts Won't Produce the Jobs New Jersey Needs

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 06.25.2013 | New York
Gordon MacInnes

Cutting tax rates won't restore jobs and prosperity. We should be talking about the investments that will work, starting with preschool.

A Brief Guide To Beginning The College Search

Sejal Hathi | Posted 06.01.2013 | College
Sejal Hathi

At about this time every year, high school juniors across the nation began to feel trembles of trepidation as they commence the college search process. That most important of senior-year rituals, the capstone of students' pre-college career, is finally in sight. And it is nearly impossible not to fret.

It's Not Just History

Clemantine Wamariya | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Clemantine Wamariya

Like many American millennials, an 8th grade field trip first brought me into contact with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Unlike most of my peers, however -- then and now -- visiting the Museum was not my first up-close and personal encounter with genocide.

Moving From "I Know" to "I Can"

Janet Longmore | Posted 04.25.2013 | Impact
Janet Longmore

Equipped with the confidence to develop networks and identify economic opportunities, youth are able to overcome skills mismatch, bureaucracy, nepotism and geographic location -- all barriers to employment.

Who Co-Created 'Michelle Rhee'?

John Thompson | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC
John Thompson

John Merrow's article "Michelle Rhee's Reign of Error" produced the confidential memo warning Michelle Rhee of the extent of cheating that may have occurred in Washington D.C. schools. Merrow's "Who Created 'Michelle Rhee'?" pushes the conversation further.