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Turnaround 2.0: Solutions in Pre-K to Third Grade to Help Failing Schools

Laura Bornfreund | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Laura Bornfreund

When education policymakers discuss how to improve low-performing schools, options such as adding pre-K, expanding the kindergarten day or focusing on instruction in the early grades are often left out of the conversation.

Joy Resmovits

Mississippi Arrests Scores Of Minority Children | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Chicago

In Holmes County, Miss., a sheriff's car once picked up a 5-year-old. The crime? Wearing shoes with red-and-white symbols, an apparent school dress co...

Start Up Math: A Pioneering Program Leveraging Youth Entrepreneurship to Improve Mathematics Proficiency

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Steve Mariotti

While entrepreneurship is an interesting and often appealing concept to youth because it speaks to their ability to make money, successful entrepreneurship is a farfetched reality if students cannot add, subtract, multiply or divide.

Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad | Posted 03.19.2013 | Parents

For a child, technology plays many roles: teacher, babysitter, playmate and pacifier. As a result, our kids are drifting between the digital and analog worlds, and often find themselves tripped up by the border between the two.

Ed Today: Teachers With Poor Ratings Clustered In NYC, Charter School Quality

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Cluster Suck? The New York Daily News takes another look at the StudentsFirstNY teacher distribution report and finds something stunning: 20 percent of teachers are "bad" teachers in each of 14 Brooklyn schools. To give you some perspective: only 3 percent of all city school teachers got these negative ratings. And two of those schools received "A" ratings from the Department of Education. (I should note here that these ratings are volatile, etc., but you already knew that.)

White House On School Safety, No School Closure Savings? Ed Tonight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

No Closure Cash? A recent trend in urban education has been school closures. New York City recently made headlines for releasing a lengthly list of schools slated to be closed. Philadelphia has made similar news. And Chicago is now deciding which of its "underutilized" schools it will close. A similar thread between all these closures has been the argument that closing schools saves money. But a new study adds to the growing body of evidence that shows this may not actually be true.

Gen Y College Students Need to Prepare Financially for Careers

Jodi Okun | Posted 03.18.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

Potential employers may use this information to assess the candidate's level of debt in relation to the anticipated salary offer. If the potential employee has a high debt-to-income ratio, that may raise a caution flag about their financial stability.

SUNY Roadmap a Model for Collective Education

Nancy L. Zimpher | Posted 03.18.2013 | College
Nancy L. Zimpher

As a lifelong educator and current chancellor of the country's largest system of public higher education, I know a thing or two about whether a college degree is "worth it" given the cost and time commitments associated with getting one in today's struggling economy.

Now is the Time to Reduce Gun Violence in Schools and Communities

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

I have been proud to serve President Obama and this administration since day one, but today was one of my proudest days.

How to Create an Immigrant Underclass

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

To make standardized tests the be-all and end-all is destructive in a way that most people who don't work in low-income districts fail to understand. These tests are soul-crushing to our neediest youth while the most affluent brush them off as a minor annoyance.

The Effects of ADHD on Communication

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Managing ADHD is never about addressing attention or impulsivity alone. ADHD represents a deficit in executive function, a skill set that includes attention, impulse control... and far more.

Where Are the Women Speakers on Expert Panels, and Does It Matter?

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Dr. Layla McCay

I have been the only women on several panels; perhaps even felt like the token one. I don't know whether a pledge/boycott approach to drive more women onto panels is the right thing to do, but it does draw attention to a glass ceiling issue that needs to be addressed.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Elsa Nunez | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Elsa Nunez

What can we do about it? States need to enact multiple initiatives simultaneously -- policies that will help to create a comprehensive and cohesive policy framework.

STEM in Words: Let's Make What We Say Count

Angela Maiers | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

The next time students file into your classroom, let's give them words to which they can tie their aspirations. Then, let us stop and listen to the students who choose to share with us their dreams of changing the world.

Open House Do's and Don'ts

Sam Chaltain | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Sam Chaltain

It's that time of year again, when parents across the country -- but particularly parents in major American cities -- prepare to schedule a flurry of open houses in a frantic search for the best school for their child.

The Sabanization of Public Schools: How to Fix Teachers' Job Descriptions

Dan Ross | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education
Dan Ross

Successful, high functioning organizations like Nick Saban's Crimson Tide don't allow their people to operate under this sort of haze of dangerous ambiguity. Unconscious football players often wind up unconscious. Unconscious teachers... might.

Number of Low-Income Working Families Grows for 5th Consecutive Year

Brandon Roberts | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Brandon Roberts

Three years after the U.S. economy statistically emerged from the "great recession," the number of working poor in this country not only is not declining, but actually continues to grow.

Three Ways to Help 'Loners' and Improve School Safety

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

Research consistently shows that building connections between and among students and teachers, teachers and administrators, and the school and parents makes schools safer and offers better support to those who are at risk of becoming isolated, bullied, and teased.

Let's Put Service in Schools: An MLK Day Call to Action

Steven Culbertson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Steven Culbertson

Beginning on MLK Day thousands of young people across the country will begin a "Semester of Service," a sustained service and learning framework that integrates standards-based curriculum with substantive service to the community.

Want to Change the World? Or Simply Suspend Your Curiosity? Or Both? Come Back to DPS on the Dr. King Day of Service

Steven Wasko | Posted 03.18.2013 | Detroit
Steven Wasko

Volunteer service projects are often of the paint/fix/clean-up type. But this year's new listings of school projects across DPS on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day have a lot of good options for the breed of volunteer who has to know that when they serve, they're doing something to change the world.

Texas Zeroes Out Standardized Testing, Can Tablets Replace Textbooks?: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Less Texas Testing? As Texas prepares its budget, lawmakers in the Lone Star State are trying to make a statement on standardized testing. Currently, KUT News notes, testing is "zeroed out" in the House budget. That means it's still in there, just followed by a bunch of zeroes. "We want to start the conversation on testing," House Budget writer and Republican state representative Jim Pitts told KUT. "And we're gonna have a lot of hearings between now and the end of the session on education and some things that we're going to do in education.  And we sure want testing to be one of the number one things. And that's why we did it." We are grateful to KUT for asking, since we were wondering ourselves: yes, says Texas Education Agency spokesperson Dabbie Ratcliffe, this is probably the first time in Texas history such a tactic has been used to discuss testing.

Ed Tonight: Michael Bloomberg's Rough Week With Labor, Graduation Rate Increases

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

A Somewhat Happy Education Headline? America's students are graduating high school at higher rates, according to a new Harvard report (via the Wall Street Journal.) In 2000, researchers found, 77.6 percent of Americans ages 20-24 had high school diplomas; 10 years later, 83.7 percent of that same group held diplomas. "The improvement was particularly sharp among blacks and Hispanics," WSJ reports. "For instance, in 2000, 61.2% of black men between 20 and 24 had finished high school; in 2010, 72.0% of black men in that age bracket had." But even so, 20 percent of American men between 20 and 24 -- and 14 percent of women -- still lack that crucial certification.

Connected Learning: An Agenda for Social Change

Mimi Ito | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education
Mimi Ito

There is a unique opportunity before us with today's technologies to make the entry points and pathways to knowledge, learning and opportunity accessible to many more young people. It's a question of will.

Who Gets Union Money?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Mike Antonucci went through the National Education Association's financial disclosure report so you don't have to. The NEA is the nation's largest tea...

Where Are Our Graduate Schools of 'Educational Public Health'?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Perhaps our discussion about education is so limited and inadequate in part because we simply lack the right terms with which to have it. If so, drawing on the field of public health, and lessons derived from it, might help.