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Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Annual testing is valuable, but students deserve a system that protects them from unnecessary, redundant tests. Congress should ensure that the SMART Act is included in the final ESEA bill that it sends to the president, because this will make us all smarter educators and give us additional time to make our students learn smarter.

Grade-Span Tests Are Not the Answer

Teach Plus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress can ensure a better future for our kids by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that empowers schools to limit redundant benchmarking assessments, maintains annual standardized tests for third through eighth grade, and changes the stakes to offer more support to teachers serving students with the greatest needs.

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.

Teacher Urges Congress to Fund Students Now

Teach Plus | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress want to cut Elementary and Secondary Education Act funding, and, according to the Center for American Progress, the savings will be rerouted away from high-need schools and students like mine to low-poverty schools. What sort of vision of education is that? What sort of vision of our democracy is that?

Boys Missed During Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn Visit to Cambodia

Sothy Eng | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Sothy Eng

There was a piece of the puzzle that was distinctly missing from the conversation at Bakong High School, namely, the role of boys in supporting girls in their fight for equality.

The Barriers to Technology in Education

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

For technology within the classroom to be effective, there must be noticeable benefits resulting from it and concerted studies are required to quantify the effects of technology on education.

Addressing PTSD Among Youth Is Central to Closing the Achievement Gap

Teach Plus | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As a teacher, I can't do my job effectively if my students' critical mental health needs are not met. The 2008 National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence shows that children are more likely than adults to be exposed to violence and crime. How can we possibly expect youth who are facing debilitating trauma to catch up with their healthier peers without adequate care?

Cybrary Man's Jerry Blumengarten on the Unrealized Potential of "Learning Machines"

Brad Spirrison | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Nearly 50 years ago, Jerry Blumengarten predicted that "learning machines" would eventually transform classroom instruction. Today he laments that while everybody is connected, "they are not always connected for educational purposes."

Using Technology to Improve Mathematical Intelligence

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 03.20.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

The role of technology in fostering mathematical and logical intelligence is obvious in that technology is built on the same mathematical principles and logic that drive life itself.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

If We Are Not Growing Students, Why Teach?

Teach Plus | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If we're to meet the education goals we have set as a nation, if we are committed to liberty and justice for all, and if each student is to meet their individual goals, we need assessment as part of the NCLB reauthorization that is now debated by Congress. Only then will we have a critical tool necessary to help us move forward and grow our students. Otherwise, why teach?

ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Annual Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I believe that the ESEA reauthorization should allow for schools and districts to take a streamlined, positive, student-centered approach to annual assessment then annual testing. In order for this to work, the assessment must be aligned to college and career standards.

Teacher to Congress: Title 1 Funding Helps Students and Families Fight Inequity

Teach Plus | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The way I see it, members of Congress have a choice: They can change the Title 1 funding structure and shortchange students who most need that extra support to catch up, or they can invest in students like Jonathan, provide him the resources he needs and ensure that his entire family is better off.

Of Teachers and Educational Technology

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

With the digital revolution spreading its wings into all aspects of society, its inroads into academia are unavoidable. It is therefore essential that teachers be prepared both mentally and skill-wise in the use of technology in the classroom.

Computer Time: How Long Is Too Long?

Kiki Prottsman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Kiki Prottsman

This approach works fantastically up until around the sixth grade, where many students begin to be capable of reading for hours on end. Once past a twenty minute time-span, additional techniques need to be incorporated to properly guide development.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education.

Increasing School Counselor Time With Students Is Important

Vinay Bhargava | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Vinay Bhargava

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 2-6, and it's a great time to pause and reflect on the amazing contributions that school counselors make every day.

The Infantilization of College Admissions

Josh Stephens | Posted 04.11.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Are adults - educators, no less - really that oblivious to what goes on in the mind of a 7-year-old? And do they really want to lard even more hype on to the college admissions process? Apparently so.

Preparing Effective Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Nicole Thorpe Like so many teachers, when I first entered the classroom, I believed that I would be effective. Then I met Mohammed, and Jose, and...

What Do Finland and Teach for America Have in Common?

Teach Plus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Education schools in the U.S. should adopt a similar methodology for selecting teacher candidates as Finland and Teach for America. When two such distinct programs demonstrate above-average results, we should take notice. Revamping the way we select our teachers can play a big role in ensuring that we are placing a high-quality educator in front of every student in America.

Essential Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Clare Berke If your family is anything like mine, conversations at the dinner table eventually move from pleasantries to politics. Recently, I ...

The Benefits of Lengthening the Tenure Process for California Public School Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.28.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Camille Hommeyer For a teacher in the Los Angeles public school system, tenure is an incredibly important benefit. In an environment where budget...

'State of the Union' Relies on Stronger Elementary, Secondary STEM Offerings

Vince Bertram | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Vince Bertram

As the president stated, to ensure a more prosperous future, we must continue to focus on education. At the K-12 level, we must equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully navigate post-secondary education and their careers.

What Would MLK Say About Education in Mississippi?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

I didn't live in MLK's lifetime, but I'd like to think that if he were still around today, he would agree with me on the injustices that Mississippi K-12 students are experiencing. I have a dream that this generation of Mississippi students will be the ones to break the cycle of poverty in their home state -- but it starts with strong educational access.

Honoring the Dream: An Education Bill of Rights

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.20.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.