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6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

What Li'l' Ol' Sr. Lucy Taught Us

Rumni Saha | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Rumni Saha

Even at 21, and at the pinnacle of our materialistic lives, we were touched by this simple reflection. To be able to see one's flaws, however small, is a trait of the highest order. Even though Sister Lucy had given up everything and committed her life to serving others.

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

Four Activities for Building a Positive School Climate

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Given the extraordinary complexity of this task, wouldn't it be great to hand principals a "silver bullet" for building a learning environment in which everyone thrives? But alas, no silver bullet exists.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Summer Vacation, Teacher Style

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

From the first day I accepted the esteemed title of educator, I recall taking the hits from my peers and family members who were unable to take advantage of the same summer vacation schedule I inherited.

Thanking the Heroes of My Son's Childhood, His Teachers

Carissa K | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Carissa K

While I'm certainly proud of the person my son is and even more proud of the person he is on his way to becoming, my husband and I can't take all of the credit.

The Things That Aren't On the Syllabus

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

Educators today are preparing our students for jobs and careers that do not yet exist, using technologies and solutions that have not yet been invented, to solve problems that society does not yet recognize as problems.

Should Parents Be Charged For Their Children's Obesity?

Diana Grycan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As a mother and grandmother, I have found that punishing rarely accomplishes what we want. I believe that this is true for all people, young and old.

The Museum of Educational History

Lee Kronert | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Lee Kronert

The National Museum of Educational History located in Albany, New York has been a hotbed of public attention since its opening in January of 2035. The old timers still can't believe that they used to allow themselves to be pushed around like that back in the years of 2000-2020.

Think Promise Neighborhoods Before Promise Neighborhoods Were Cool

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The school's ambition is an integral part of an even bigger one -- to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty that has been endemic to its section of Atlanta.

Shouldn't Educators Be The Ones Discussing Education On Cable News?

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters, ...

The Education Paradox Requires New Ways to Think About Schools

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is physically impossible for every teacher to know everything necessary to teach every student. Is it possible to solve this paradox? Yes. But it requires doing things a little bit differently.

5 More Reasons Why a Teacher's Tenure Should Be Protected

Lee Kronert | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

Not all administrators support their teaching staff. Just like in the real world, sometimes the boss doesn't like a few of his or her workers. And without that support in a climate which already is pointing at teachers as the main problem with education, things can get a mite sticky in a hurry.

"Every Number Represents a Kiddo's Face"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Last week I quoted a principal who said about the student achievement data in her school, "They are just numbers, but the teachers here know that every number represents a kiddo's face."

The Global Search for Education: Do You Have Global Skills?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"90% of Canadians polled in a national opinion survey supported study abroad and nearly as many believed that financial support should be available."...

The Teacher Remembered After 50 Years

Carol J. Carter | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

While she taught art, she really taught lessons about life and the dispositions that allowed her students to be successful personally and professionally. While we might think educating is about content, it is also about imparting life skills to young people so that they can not only learn, but thrive in their adult lives.

Which Educator Inspired You the Most?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

While educators spend their days doing the important work of finding our songs, their jobs have intensified and resources decreased.

A Good Start for Schools and Students

Harriet Sanford | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

It's no surprise that too many students start each school year without the supplies they need, or walk into classrooms that don't have the resources required for a productive year.

What Your Middle School Teacher Wants You to Know

Mary E. Graham | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Mary E. Graham

If you're not one of the select few who choose to spend their days around prepubescent twelve and thirteen year old kids, here are some things us middle school teachers would love for you to know as you're dealing with your middle schooler or your middle school teacher...

Preparing Future Educators: The Right Training as Foundation

Teach Plus | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Marisol Castillo During my first year as a teacher, when every day left me feeling spent, a veteran educator described overcoming challenges in t...

$1 Million Thank You for One Outstanding Teacher

Vikas Pota | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Vikas Pota

The low status of teachers means that we are missing out on thousands of the most talented graduates who won't join a profession that does not command respect.

Fresh Eyes on an Old Problem

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

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Teachers Matter (Now More Than Ever)

Angela Maiers | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
Angela Maiers

Your students need you more than ever. There is nothing that you will allow to get in the way of your changing the lives of your students -- for good.

Teachers Owning Their Learning

Chris Crouch | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

Currently, the vast majority of teachers get very little time, if any, to work at and on their craft. Managing classrooms and planning instruction consume much of the time teachers have in their limited resources.