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Rockdrive: Changing the World, One Stage at a Time

Max Lugavere | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Max Lugavere

Unlike the highly publicized, how-big-can-we-go charity concerts that we're used to hearing about every so often, Rockdrive began with the simple wish to use the power of music to give where you live.

Funding the Future: Pushing Kids Off the Cliff?

Maya Wiley | Posted 01.29.2013 | Black Voices
Maya Wiley

Now, with President Obama having won his reelection campaign and with a Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House, where do we stand on education funding? On a cliff. The "fiscal cliff" as it's called.

For Women Aspiring to Lead...Take a Second Look at Public Service

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 01.28.2013 | Women
Cari E. Guittard

Finding your passion and purpose is messy and so many of us we spend our lives doing what we think we're supposed to do, rather than finding out what we're meant to do

The Equity and Economic Educational Imperative

Noël Harmon | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Noël Harmon

As more African American and Hispanic students are failed by America's education system and drop out of school, they are also missing out on the opportunity to be full participants in society and the workforce.

How Equal Are We Anyway? Different Illusions of Meritocracy in Chinese and United States Schooling

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Susan D. Blum

In China, the children of the privileged can sail off into lives made smooth by their families, always scoring highest, getting into the best programs, and ultimately finding their way to the top leadership of the nation. Sound familiar?

The Education Gap In Youth Civic Engagement

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.28.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee In the 2012 presidential election, young people with college experience were much more likely to vote, than young people without colleg...

Teacher as Learning Designer

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

Through highly standardized curricula and pacing guides, teachers are told exactly how to teach, rather than being empowered to differentiate instruction and create engaging learning environments to meet the needs of their students.

Joy Resmovits

A Reality Check For Charter Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

Charter schools are about to get a reality check. As someone who has observed the breakneck pace of the growing charter school movement up close, ...

The Happiness Deferral Chain: Music Versus Test Preparation

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Susan D. Blum

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my college-student daughter started singing. My father, a pediatrician, asked what he thought was a rhetorical question. "Why do kids know the words to every song but they can't memorize something for a test that will get them a higher grade?"

Driving Change to Transform Schools

Eric Sheninger | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Eric Sheninger

The many shifts, changes, and resulting transformation did not occur overnight, impulsively, or without calculated risks. It was these changes that took an average comprehensive high school and transformed it into the current institution that many have come to know through social media.

Joy Resmovits

Testing Exec: We Haven't Updated Security Procedures Since Major Breach | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education

The teacher cheating ring that operated in Memphis for 15 years shines a light on the murky world of teacher licensing, experts say. Federal prosec...

What the Fiscal Slope Means for Young Americans

Joy Lawson | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Joy Lawson

Young people would be among the hardest hit by sequestration, with cuts that would affect their daily lives and those of their families and communities. But as we saw on November 6, youth are not afraid to show up and speak out loud and clear about what kind of country they would like to live in.

Joy Resmovits

Custody Battle Over Beleaguered Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education

Brooke Harris, a teacher at Detroit's Mumford High School, is confused. The English and journalism teacher faces class sizes of 45, and her colleag...

Joy Resmovits

New Evidence On Charter Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education

Students in New Jersey charter schools perform better on average than those same students would in traditional public schools, according to a highly a...

Bachelor Living: The 'Single' Greatest High School Elective, Ever

David Fagin | Posted 01.25.2013 | Education
David Fagin

I challenge anyone before or after to come up with a better, school-sanctioned, waste of an entire period.

A Rationale for a Re-education Program

Chuck Carpenter | Posted 01.26.2013 | Education
Chuck Carpenter

The federal government gives huge sums of money to U.S. companies and universities but has rarely asked for a suitable return on its investment. Well, it's payback time.

Cyber Monday? Meet #GivingTuesday

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact

Let's stop patronizing young people who form the growing majorities in so many countries of the world. And let's start helping them with their initiatives. Young professionals are not our hope for tomorrow. They are our need for today.

Provoking Thought Through a New Year's Opportunity: 5 Resolutions for 2013

Edward Burger | Posted 01.26.2013 | Education
Edward Burger

Look down at your shirt; if you don't see a "FUTURE GENIUS" button, then you too have the potential to innovate. Creativity is not a matter of magical inspiration. There are habits that will automatically cause you to regularly produce new knowledge and insight.

Changing Culture in Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

In the corporate culture of the contemporary American universities--a virtual minefield of administrative obstacles--time and patience are in increasingly short supply.

Need-Blind Colleges

Jodi Okun | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

While most college-bound students are aware that there are academic requirements for admission, many don't know that some schools also base their admission acceptance policies on a student's financial ability to afford their tuition and fees.

The Black Blog

Russell Simmons | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Mr. President, I am deeply concerned about the future of urban America, specifically the plight of people of color. After listening to people's stories from across this country, this is what I have learned we need to do in order to re-build our families, our communities, our companies and our neighborhoods.

EAA Showdown In Lansing?

Detroit News | Posted 11.26.2012 | Detroit

Detroit -- Officials with the Education Achievement Authority say they're transforming chaotic, underperforming Detroit schools into orderly buildings...

Going for Your Dream Job

Don McNay | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business
Don McNay

Sometimes you get to fulfill your dreams. Sometimes you never knew they were your dreams until the opportunity knocks on your door. Or a headhunter calls out of the blue.

A Thanksgiving Prayer to Stand for Children and Our Nation's Future

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest threat to our national security comes from our indefensible and foolish neglect of our children today, which will be the seeds of our nation's undoing if we do not act with urgency. As we give thanks, let's also stand for children who need our voice.

How Do You Measure Expectations?

Susan Naimark | Posted 01.21.2013 | Education
Susan Naimark

You can't easily measure what's in a teacher's mind when she expects less of her students of color. However, research has identified a set of factors that are consistently present in high poverty schools that have high academic achievement rates. It's time to fund such factors.