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Kansas Schools Will Close Early This Spring For Lack Of Funds

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

Two school districts in Kansas announced this week that the academic year would end early because they lack sufficient funding to keep the schools ope...

The Role of Technology for Safety in Education

XPRIZE | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact

Technology is not the only solution, but it must be part of the solution. If technology can do what we believe it can with learning, it will allow children in conflict zones and refugee camps to safely begin or continue their education.

Mentoring College Men of Color: Three Strategies for Designing Successful Programs

J. Luke Wood | Posted 04.03.2015 | College
J. Luke Wood

Few (if any) could argue that they succeeded in their collegiate endeavors without receiving mentorship from others. With this in mind, we offer three recommendations for designing 'effective' mentoring programs.

Rankings & Reclining, Privilege & Perception

Stuart Dow | Posted 04.03.2015 | Education
Stuart Dow

What I want most for our graduates is not blind adherence to external measures of achievement, but internal character defined by a drive to maximize self, combined with a genuine empathy for others. And that, of course, is the essential message of Passover.

Reflections of an Octogenarian VII: Educational Reform: That Vision Thing...Which Way is Up?

Larry Paros | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

A new vision for education does not spring full blown like Athena from the head of Zeus. It originates in the interior of one's being, but it is grounded in the past.

Green Schoolyards Are a Win for Kids, Communities and the Environment

Carla Thompson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Carla Thompson

Most city neighborhoods already have a local schoolyard, and it's the perfect space to be transformed into an outdoor hub -- serving students during the school day and the entire community when school isn't in session.

Religious Freedom in Practicing the Platinum Rule

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As a university professor of pre-service teacher education students, I raise the distinction between moral convictions and professional ethics when we discuss issues of controversy within the field of education.

A Gift to Us

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News
Catherine Nagle

She woke up early in the morning before the dawn of light and started cooking a large pot of oatmeal. As she cooked, she put a fresh stick of butter on the table to soften for spreading on our toast. In between warming a bottle of milk for the baby, she managed to put on a pot of coffee.

Can Online Fundraisers Save Struggling Schools?

Emily Richmond | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Emily Richmond

A couple of recent stories highlight schools turning to online fundraising to provide students with everything from basic classroom supplies to long-distance field trips.

Despite the Rhetoric, Teachers and Students Are Succeeding

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Teachers are demonized as "failures" in the classroom. Fortunately for all of us, more and more are banding together as agents for justice by believing in the inherent capacity of all students, and seeking strategies and instructional pathways to improve student performance through professional development and collaborative learning.

Cheating All Around

Susan D. Blum | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Susan D. Blum

If this system of widespread and coordinated cheating has a positive outcome, it is to cast a bright light on the desperation of people trying to survive a system that punishes rather than supports struggling.

Can Hope Be Taught? New Curriculum Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

With the rise of bullying over the past several years, young people are having to grow up in an increasingly difficult world -- one full of discouragement and pain.

Skills Gap: Two Million Vacant Manufacturing Jobs by 2025

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Manufacturers that intend to be competitive and profitable in the years ahead will have to take aggressive action. They cannot afford to wait for the public schools to do it for them. They must foster internal training programs and become directly involved with local high schools, trade schools and community colleges to create a reliable stream of qualified candidates.

Student Harvesting and the Dilution of a Discipline

Domino Renee Perez | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Domino Renee Perez

While what a film does matters as much as how it is made, the richness of film study is found in a dialogue between the two, a dialogue formal film studies fosters and explores.

Christina Wilkie

Justice Department Investigates Texas Prosecution Of Children For Truancy | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is investigating whether truancy courts in Dallas County, Texas, deny due process to juveniles charged with fa...

Note to Kindergartners: Only Bubble-Filling Will Get You 'College and Career Ready'

Rae Pica | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Rae Pica

What is the better way to ensure a love of the written and spoken word -- being forced to read assigned stories, to memorize spelling words and definitions on which they'll be tested, or bringing words to life through a play?

Recruiting Great Teachers Starts With Eliminating the Status Quo

Vince Bertram | Posted 04.06.2015 | Education
Vince Bertram

If the United States is to continue as a world leader, we must lead the world in education. And to provide the highest quality education, we must attract the highest quality teachers.


Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Without question, the foundation of that curriculum should and must be a strong focus on the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We may not know exactly what game-changing technologies will next appear on the horizon, but people well-grounded in the STEM subjects will be uniquely qualified to analyze and master them.

School Choice: Athletics or Academics

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

It is time to question the resources being outlaid to sports programs when elementary educational programs are being curtailed.

The Projector That Will Redefine Classrooms

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

"My class does not have a plug point." Joanna Sundharam describes the typical dilemma of a teacher in the Internet Age stuck in a disconnected classroom. In these classrooms, there aren't even outlets to power any technology.

Please Don't Ban My Concrete Block Smashing Physics Demo From Schools

Greg Schwanbeck | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Greg Schwanbeck

By now you've probably seen the viral video below of a concrete block smashing Physics demo gone wrong. I am assuming that you are about to walk down to my office, email me, or draft a law telling me that I can never perform such a dangerous demonstration in my classroom ever again. Please don't. You shouldn't. Here's why.

Parenting for Powerful Learning: 35 Tips

Smart Parents | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

The first job of parents as Chief Growth Officer is to make learning a priority (as discussed last week). That means making school and schoolwork a priority. But there's a lot more you can do without a lot of extra effort or expense to make every day a learning journey.

Word Gap? How About Conversation Gap?

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.01.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's estimated that poor children, by the time they hit kindergarten, have heard 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate classmates. The Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail initiative is just one of the national efforts to increase the quantity of language that underprivileged preschoolers are exposed to. But is quantity enough?

Can't Blame the Teachers for Getting Us Into This Mess

Marc Joseph | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Marc Joseph

In today's America, why would anyone ever want to become a teacher? The budgets for our classrooms dwindle each year, and teachers continue to take money out of their own pockets to provide their students with supplies. The schools are getting older, and fewer new schools are being built annually.

In a City Desperate for Good Middle Schools, One May Be Hiding in Plain Sight

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Amidst the desperate search for high-quality options, one D.C. school, the Columbia Heights Education Campus, or CHEC, is demonstrating how to reimagine middle school in ways that match the developmental needs of children.