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How Education Can Be a Force for Good

Daniel Goleman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Daniel Goleman

The Dalai Lama had come to John Oliver High School for an in-person session on Educating Hearts and Minds. Several hundred students were packed into the school gym for the event, which was live-streamed as well to thirty-three thousand others across the province.

How I Learned To Truly Value My Students -- And It Has Nothing To Do With Common Core

Josh Parker | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Josh Parker

The summer after my first year of teaching was a relief. And a surprise. Upon receiving the results of my students' language arts tests at the state, district and local levels, I found that my good intentions as a teacher did not equal student success.

Two-Wheeled Dreams Have Lasting Impact

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Among our priorities in helping provide a better future for children in developing countries, one area of focus rises to the top: the protection of children. It's an issue we are tackling on many fronts... and sometimes on two wheels.

Taking Education Underwater With A Virtual Field Trip To The Great Barrier Reef

Polynesian Voyaging Society | Posted 06.22.2015 | Hawaii
Polynesian Voyaging Society

For those navigating Hawaiʻi's sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa around the world, pairing indigenous voyaging with cutting-edge technology is a dream come true.

Walking The Walk For Working Families

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

As we fight our way back from the recession, it's clear that our economy isn't working for everyone. Too many don't have the skills they need for the jobs available. As a union, the AFT takes on these issues. This work isn't loud or provocative, but it's vital for our communities and our nation.

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

School's Out, Structure's In: How to Plan Your Child's Summer "Work Week"

Tamar Chansky | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

While kids are counting down the days till "school's out forever!," many parents are secretly dreading the final bell. They love the thought of not having to wake up at the crack of dawn and get kids off to school, but they are anticipating being on the losing side of an endless game of keep away from electronics.

Q&A: Michal Borkowski -- CEO, Brainly

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

After a $9 million Series A funding round, Brainly, the world's largest social learning network, is expanding to the US. With their new office in New York city and a US-based executive team, Brainly plans to dominate the market the same way it has in other countries.

Helping Transition in Myanmar, One Book at a Time

Mickey Bergman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Mickey Bergman

Most things can be found in Myanmar now (and cheaply) but books are still costly for most Myanmar people or just not accessible. Mindy Walker, who works with the Richardson Center for Global Engagement in Myanmar, tries to get colorful books into children's hands.

It's the Last Day of School, and My Students Aren't Leaving?

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Jennifer Wolfe

For teachers, the last day of school is about both endings and beginnings. It's a celebration and a sniffle of what we're leaving behind. It's more than just hurry up, get inside, close the door, sign yearbooks and you're off.

How Tech Is Shaping the Future of Education

Amy Schoenberger | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Amy Schoenberger

When most of us think about our primary education, we think of the old school model - texbooks, blackboards, number 2 pencils. But for Gen Z and beyond, that model is rapidly shifting.

How America Is Failing Its Youth

Citylab | Richard Florida & Aarian Marshall | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business

A substantial share of America’s youth remains economically disconnected, even as the economy continues to recover. More than one in eight—13.8 percent—of young Americans ages 16 to 24 are neither working nor in school.

A New Initiative Combats Teens' Deadly Texting-While-Driving Behavior

Mackenzie Hughes | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Mackenzie Hughes

How long is five seconds? It's the amount of time the average driver looks away from the road to send a text. If you're going about 55 mph, by the time you look up from your phone, you'll have driven the whole length of a football field without looking at the road. Touchdown? Not quite.

Cyber Citizenship Heads to Texas Public Middle Schools

Lauren Galley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Lauren Galley

I remember sending my first text and opening my first MySpace account. I was 13 years old. Even though the smart phone was not in existence, my world of communication was forever changed.

Music Education and the Multiplier Effect

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

The value of incorporating music into a child's education cannot be understated. There is a heap of incontestable research showing that an education rich in music improves students' cognitive function and academic performance. Simply put, children learn better when music is part of their school curriculum.

Learning Is Personal for Your Child

Smart Parents | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

To really personalize learning, the roles of the teacher and learners change. The learner owns and drives their learning with the guidance of a teacher as partners in learning.

Why Student Loan Refinance Is a Force for Good

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 06.18.2015 | College
Jeremy Balkin

Student loans are an incredible problem in the United States. Today, $1.2 trillion in student loan debt is held by college graduates nationwide. The rising costs of higher education, alongside easy access to financing, has made student loans a common tool for paying for college.

Michelle Obama's Message To A Group Of Young Muslim Girls

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion

First lady Michelle Obama is promoting a new campaign called Let Girls Learn, with the goal of making sure young women around the world have the chanc...

Youth Day in South Africa: Doubling Down On the Future

Elizabeth Gould | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Elizabeth Gould

Here's something beautiful about South Africa: the country took a day commemorating an apartheid-era massacre (the Soweto Uprising of 1976) and turned it into a day honoring the future: the country's youth.

Funding Preschooling Has Longer-Lasting Benefits

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

As the United Nations (UN) is currently debating how to allocate about US$2.5 trillion in development aid for the 2015-2030 period, education will most likely gain prominence. But do we fund early education or secondary school?

Real Estate Research and the Internet

Dean Graziosi | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Dean Graziosi

The one thing we have no shortage of is online real estate listings. In this article I want to throw out the sources that I've found of value, which are best for what information, and how I use them.

The Future Starts Now

Kathy Kemper | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Kathy Kemper

The excitement of an 8-year-old going to a sparkling, high energy, university campus is a remarkable sight. Some of the kids in attendance have never thought of college as an option, some didn't believe they'd ever have access to cutting edge technology, and some of the girls thought tech was only for the boys.

Bureaucracy in Motion

Elissa Stein | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

NYC's Department of Education (DOE) has been working hard under this new administration to encourage family engagement and to help build stronger bonds between families and schools.

A Message to The Black and Latino Youth

César Vargas | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

To the inner city Black and Latino Youth who feel alone, abandoned by their loved ones, by school administrators, and their communities: You are not alone. You matter.

Defending Liberal Education In a Technology Driven World

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The supposed conflict between science and the humanities has been blown out of proportion. Economic growth will come not so much from cheaper computer chips but rather from "constantly reimagining how computers and other new technologies interact with human beings."