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School Technology: The Driver for Reimagining Learning

Keith R. Krueger | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Keith R. Krueger

Technology plays an integral part in all aspects of school life: From its use to engage students, to a vehicle to connect teachers from across the district, to streamline administrative tasks such as payroll, to conduct assessment testing, and as an efficient way to communicate with parents and the community.

The Role of the Contemporary Critic

Phil Chan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

To all critics: I'm not asking you to be kind. That does no services to our community. However, I ask that you consider your role in the community and the power your words have over the common reader or the new audience member:

Looming Sequester Cuts Threaten Public and Private Sector Workers

Sean Crowley | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Sean Crowley

Millions of Americans who depend upon government-funded services deserve better than this kind of "sore loser" lack of leadership from our elected representatives. And so do the hundreds of thousands of government employees who deliver these vital services.

Ed Today: Michelle Rhee's Regrets, School Voucher Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Rhee-grets, She Has A Few? Former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is out with a new memoir this week (called "Radical"), and she's making the talk show rounds to promote it. Yesterday, she told George Stephanopolous on "This Week" that maybe she shouldn't have fired that principal on TV. "My style is very deliberative and very focused on doing what's right for kids.  And so I wouldn't change that so much," Rhee said.  "Should I have fired ineffective principals?  Absolutely.  Should I have done so on national TV?  Probably not." Here's a Times interview, in which she says she regrets initially not taking test security questions seriously. Also, Rhee is scheduled to be on The Daily Show tonight, so that should be fun!

Beyond College and Career Ready: Students, Career Interests and Jobs

Edie Fraser | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Edie Fraser

How do we propel one million students through the STEM pipeline and into the over eight million STEM jobs that will be available by 2018?

Girls In STEM: 2013 Mentorship Resources And Updates

Brittany Binowski | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Brittany Binowski

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affectin...

20 Must-use Education Technology Tools

Scott Steinberg | Posted 04.03.2013 | Technology
Scott Steinberg

Here are 20 of the most promising new apps, websites and online education technology tools or services every teacher should be using to help improve classroom learning.

Black History At HBCU: Is It Redundant?

Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

By Jarrett L. Carter, HBCU Digest Living black history and learning it are two very different propositions with two invaluable outcomes, HBCU facu...

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan: Toll Of Student Deaths 'Untenable' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a forthcoming interview with Bloomberg Radio, reiterated his plans for a big push on early childhood educa...

Our Future Is Unprepared

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Overall we have the best universities in the world, but our high schools are producing legions of people who are barely literate and who are, for the most part, blissfully unaware of how unprepared they are for the real world.

Ed Today: Voucher Expansion Proposed By Ohio Gov. Kasich

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Vouchers To Grow In Ohio? In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich's (R) budget plan would reduce funding gaps between wealthy and poor public school districts and also create a new voucher program, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The new vouchers would give about $4,250 a year toward private-school tuition to any kindergartener whose family is making less than 200 percent of the poverty line. The next year, Kasich would expand the program to include first graders. While an existing scholarship plan currently does something similar for 15,702 students, a full 1.8 million students would qualify for the new plan's income requirements The budget plan includes a 6 percent overall school funding increase the following year, and then 3.2 percent more the next year.

Searching for Donne

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

Donne's Song is in some ways a nonsense poem or, as the Wizard Howl discovers, a list of impossible tasks, attempting to misogynistically prove the infidelity of beautiful women.

Is Broadband a Social Justice Issue?

Jason Resendez | Posted 04.02.2013 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

In the past decade alone, the Internet has transformed the way we shop (Amazon), communicate (Skype), and even receive medical care. Yet, a large number of Americans, particularly those in minority communities, lack access to these technological advances.

Strengthening the Middle Class in Emerging Democracies

Fron Nahzi | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Fron Nahzi

The international aid community responds to familiar challenges, as they have for the past 20 years, with the same programs combining trainings and grants. One reason these programs have not yielded the intended results is that they have overlooked the importance of education.

How Educators Can Empower Students and Themselves Through Technology

Jure Klepic | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Jure Klepic

Over the next decade the workplace will change entirely from what it is today. Many jobs will be created that don't even exist now and workers will be required to possess higher levels of IT skills than ever before.

Collateral Damage: What's Behind the Rise in High School Graduation Rates

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

More students start college unable to read, or perform math skills, at the college freshman level. I'm not suggesting that we're intentionally reducing standards to raise graduation rates, but that's the unintended consequence of many current teaching and learning practices.

Ed Today: Walmart Founders' Philanthropy Sponsoring Chicago Closure Hearings, Portland Special Ed Lawsuit

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Walmart-Backed Engagement? Catalyst Chicago has reported that Chicago's community hearings on school closures are being underwritten by the Walton Foundation. Catalyst notes that Chicago Public Schools officials have said they "don't want to link the volatile issue of school closings with the equally volatile issue of charter school openings," but Walton is a major backer of charter schools. Media isn't allowed to attend these community sessions. "This grant is allowing us to initiate what is probably the most inclusive and rigorous outreach to parents CPS has done to include their voice at the front end of this process," a CPS spokesperson told Catalyst.

A Zero on a Mission

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

As a mother of a 6-year-old who has a unique learning style, I'm always on the lookout for creative books that teach fundamentals, such as the alphabe...

Bill Gates: Education Should Be America's Top Concern

Posted 02.01.2013 | Impact

Bill Gates was on "Morning Joe" Wednesday to talk about the role of innovation in humanitarian aid, but singled out education as the issue that could ...

Basketball, Business and an Aspiring Entrepreneur's Story

YouthBiz | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAspiring Entrepreneurs is designed to help urban youth discover and develop their life-long entrepreneurial potential by concentrating on the building blocks of success.

Mobile App Seeks to Offset Record-Low SAT Scores

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Kevin Ducoff

A new way to prepare for standardized tests has arrived, but it won't be found in the classroom or even in the homes of America's tutors -- unless you count what's in our pockets.

Global Connections, Common Core Standards Can Boost U.S. Student Competitiveness, Education Ranking

Miles Gilburne | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Miles Gilburne

How do American students fare on the latest round of respected international assessments? Not so well, according to recent results on the exam known as the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.

The Attack On Public Education Is A Civil Rights Issue

Leigh Owens | Posted 04.01.2013 | Black Voices
Leigh Owens

The popular explanation for this assault on public education is that the schools chosen for closure are 'unsuccessful,' or are undeserving the students -- a claim that is mostly based on standardized test scores.

Ed Today: Antonio Villaraigosa's Education Reforms Questioned By Mayoral Contenders

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Reform Fatigue In L.A.? "Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way On Education Reform, But His Potential Successors Are Reluctant To Pick Up The Torch," reads the headline of an L.A. Weekly blog post.. The two top mayoral contenders to replace Villaraigosa at the helm of the nation's second largest school district aren't campaigning Villaraigosa-style reforms. The West Coast city's dynamic seems to echo New York's -- mayoral candidates have eschewed, for the most part, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big, controversial reform agenda.

Eliminating the Silos in Education

John M. Eger | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
John M. Eger

The debate over STEM or STEAM, while intense, only marks the beginning of what needs to happen in education.