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Teacher Had Class Doodle On Her Dress So She’d Never Forget Them

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 07.01.2016 | Good News

This idea passes with flying colors. Sha-Ree' Castlebury, who's taught first grade in Pat Henry Elementary in Lawton, Oklahoma, for the past five year...

The Five Stages of Saying Goodbye to the Elementary School Years

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.27.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Last Thursday I sat in an all-purpose room full of other teary-eyed parents and watched my last baby move up from elementary school to the new fronti...

Ideas from Down Under: At Auburn West Public School, Data Done Right

Peter Cipparone | Posted 06.17.2016 | Education
Peter Cipparone

If there's a way to use data well, I thought as I left school for the day, Auburn West Public School might very well be doing it.

Bring Progressive Education Back to Its Roots

Andrea Nelson | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Andrea Nelson

Under the pilot, seven sought after elementary schools in some of the city's most quickly gentrifying neighborhoods will hold seats for a set percentage of low-income students, English language learners, and children in the welfare system.

Ideas from Down Under: Number Literacy for Future Elementary School Teachers

Peter Cipparone | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Peter Cipparone

For the past three weeks, I've been in Australia studying how two universities prepare future elementary school teachers. Some of it feels familiar to me. But sometimes, I come upon parts of their experience that are totally foreign.

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

The Conversation Africa | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Gina Porter, Durham University Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are...

'Kids Court' Teaches Social Responsibility

Donna Tetreault | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Donna Tetreault

As students at law schools across the country graduate this spring, 40 sixth-grade students at the Laurence School argue their first case before a jur...

Is Testing Creating a Toxic Culture in Schools?

Ossa Fisher | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Ossa Fisher

Sometimes I wonder if the standardized testing we do in many of our schools today does just that: judges fish on their climbing ability. Many assessments evaluate unnecessary academic skills that have no basis in determining if a child is ready to move on to the next level of learning.

Twice Exceptional: The Sticky Road To GATE

Jennifer Havenner | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Jennifer Havenner

Embed from Getty Images I couldn't read in second grade. Not a word. The year was 1984, and Dyslexia was not yet on the school radar, especially in...

The Letter From School I Never Expected

Jennifer Gregory | Posted 04.21.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Gregory

It's the letter from school I never expected, and it was worth the wait.

#Uninspired: The Story of My Mediocre Grade School Education

Sam Weller | Posted 04.11.2016 | Education
Sam Weller

When I was 10 years old, my family uprooted and moved from Malibu, California to Minnetonka, Minnesota. My education was about to faceplant into a frozen pond of mundanity, a scholastic reversal that literally took years to rectify.

Kids Have Brought More Than 185 Guns To School Since The Start Of The Academic Year

The Trace | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics

On March 16, an 11-year-old child in Queens, New York, found a loaded .380-caliber handgun under his grandfather’s bed and brought it to his element...

In Defense of Childhood: Halt Homework, Let Them Play

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 03.18.2016 | Education
Rainesford Alexandra

I read an article recently about how not doing homework could actually be better for kids. This article quoted the findings of a psychologist and neur...

A Love Letter to Teachers

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

I'd like to say "thank you," teachers. Yours is a noble profession, a critical one. Thank you for welcoming our kids into your classrooms--into your lives--day after day, with all their needs and moods and eccentricities and 'tudes.

Where it all started: Engelhard Elementary School

Northwestern University Dance Marathon | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Northwestern University Dance Marathon

Fridays are usually the better-attended days at Engelhard Elementary School. Before the final bell rings for the weekend, students line up and walk th...

I Don't Want My Daughters to Be Popular at School

Jill Campbell | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Jill Campbell

As much as I don't want to admit that these movies are accurate, the teen social hierarchy is evident in schools all over the globe. You have your cliques, your pecking orders and your gangs. And you likely have varying degrees of self-segregation by race, age, gender, culture, sexual orientation and social status.

What if Schools Taught Kindness?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Greater Good Science Center

When other kids are suffering, can we understand how they might be feeling? Kindness bridges those gaps and helps build a sense of connection among the students, the teachers, and even the parents.

Send the Right Message: Abolish Red Pens for Correcting Papers

Karen Gross | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Karen Gross

I recently saw a paper written by a fourth grader that was returned by her English teacher with more red ink than student handwriting. And, the teacher had literally re-written the entire student piece in red.

Our (Severely Depressed) Child Was Left Behind

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

For the last four months, my son has been severely depressed, buried in a down comforter desiring only to attach to a computer or snuggle with a pillow. I've feared losing him. He's rarely been willing to leave the house or often his room.

Watching Recess Go to Pieces

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

As kids turn to couch potatoes in this Golden age of TV, and with the popularity of Netflix, iPods and iPads, we should be encouraging fresh air and exercise as much as we can. I really hate watching recess go to pieces.

The Deplorable Learning Conditions Of Detroit Public Schools Are Unethical, Not Our Protests

Pam Namyslowski | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
Pam Namyslowski

Mr. Earley, you accuse us of drowning out the voices of our students. You stated we are "using students as pawns to advance a political position." You have it backwards. The recent action of teachers is not an attempt to drown out the voices of the students. It is an attempt to finally make their voices heard.

School Made 8-Year-Old Change Out Of Her 'Black Girls Rock' Shirt

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.15.2015 | Black Voices - The News for South Mississippi Makiyah-Jae, 8, was forced to change her shirt that read "Black Girls Rock" after the principal at Pop...

Santa Claus Gave Me The Sex Talk

Wes Janisen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wes Janisen

It was a crisp, clear day in December 1998, and I'd just been released from my 5th grade classroom for Winter Break. It had been a spectacular day, fi...

How Teachers Drain Motivation From Children and 7 Ways to Fix It

Li Lin | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Li Lin

I first heard of Mrs. Queenie Johnson, M.A. through an amazing Brand Church Periscope, and I was instantly hooked by her charisma and knowledge when it came to branding, teaching, and parenting.

Sometimes It's Okay to Bend the Rules

Beverly Willett | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents
Beverly Willett

While there was plenty of educational purpose to our trip, weren't we also supposed to have fun? Bond, eat junk food and hide under the covers? Wouldn't it be okay to bend the rules a little bit and turn a blind eye if the kids stuffed harmless contraband in my bag?