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This Educator Still Firmly Believes in Teach For America

Dallas Rico | Posted 02.09.2016 | Education
Dallas Rico

Last weekend in D.C, 15,000 alums, including myself, celebrated Teach For America's 25th anniversary. A quarter-century's a long time for any organiz...

Teaching Kindness and Compassion Key to Saving Planet

Max Guinn | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Max Guinn

Two experiences last summer changed the way I look at the world. I spoke on a panel with the Dalai Lama as part of the Global Compassion Summit in...

The Responsibility of Schools of Education in Preparing Teachers to Teach With Tech

Robert C. Pianta | Posted 01.27.2016 | Education
Robert C. Pianta

96 percent of teachers report that technology plays a significant role in their classrooms. Yet research suggests that only about half of teachers see the value in today's edtech tools.

Surprise! White People Don't Really Care About School Diversity

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.21.2016 | Black Voices

Last century, white parents from Arkansas to Boston vigorously opposed the integration of local schools. Today, most white Americans still do not sup...

Education, Integration and Equality: The Way to Make America Great

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.17.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched, preached and toiled during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, he knew the sordid history of this country -- and was deeply mired in its bigoted present -- and yet, he still imagined that things could be different. He saw the ugliness but believed in the beauty. What would Dr. King think about our country today? I think he still would have hope. And here's why.

There's No "I" in Teacher Autonomy: It's Time to Advance a Collective Approach

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

Teachers like my children's have the knowledge, skills, and definitely the will to make decisions that will improve student learning. But in isolation, teachers in most American schools will still have to fight the system in order to do just a sliver of what they have the capacity to do.

The Every Student Succeeds Act: A Promising Step Toward Putting Students at the Center

Nicholas Donohue | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Nicholas Donohue

President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law recently. This response to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) - the 2002 rendition of t...

Reason, Empathy and Integration: The Anti-Fear Combination Treatment

Arthur Camins | Posted 01.04.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

I am unsure of what to do with the adults who cheer when they hear hate speech. However, I am sure the teaching reason and empathy in integrated schools can lessen the potential for raising yet another general of hateful adults.

Teaching the Whole Child: Waldorf Schools and Exemplary Teacher Engagement

Carol J. Carter | Posted 12.06.2015 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Waldorf schools take an unconventionally nurturing approach to learning, making them a unique approach to education.

Black Minds Matter

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Young people need the tools and skills to connect past, present and future. Without this level of awareness and engagement, it is Blacks, people of color and those struggling with poverty who are endangered.

Millennium Voters: We Need You

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 11.29.2015 | Education
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

The past few weeks have seen many college campuses riled by student protests. And although this erstwhile student activist welcomes this rise in stude...

Say No to Closing Amandla!

Teach Plus | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Brighid Bennett I found Jamal sitting alone in the stairwell, staring blankly at the wall in front of him. In the morning, our principal told the...

We're Not Racist... Are We? The Case for Affirmative Action in Fisher v. U of Texas

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

The plaintiffs and their supporters would have you believe that racial discrimination and hatred are things of the past. They regard affirmative action as "reverse racism," as though such a thing can possibly exist. Racism requires power and privilege, attributes in short supply in communities of color.

Donald Trump vs. Pope Francis: When It Comes to Social Justice, Words Matter

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The Pope's inspiring words move us all to do better in the service of humanity. Compare that then to the words of another man who has dominated the news cycle lately: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Word That Was Glaring in Its Absence: Education

David Levin | Posted 09.22.2015 | Education
David Levin

Seven. That's the number of times the word "education" came up in Wednesday night's Republican debate.

Fostering Grit in Today's Students, Classrooms and Schools

Peter Hutton | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Peter Hutton

For too many schools, it seems that their main goal is to make kids good students, a skill and a mindset useful 40 years ago, but not today. Who says, "When I grow up I want to be a good student?" No one.

This 500-Person Town is Leading on Education

Ethan Senack | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

Now, in the sphere of higher education, we often talk about the potential for OER to save students billions of dollars in textbook costs, but what's happened at Williamsfield since the switch reveals that the value of OER over traditional learning materials extends far beyond the difference in price.

What Teachers Aren't Learning

Teach Plus | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Student ownership of emotions is the goal, but often children become frustrated because they cannot explain their feelings. Making emotional vocabulary available in the classroom helps.

Sharing the Weight of the American Dream with Black and Brown Youth

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.08.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

That can be a fatal flaw in efforts to improve educational opportunity and equity. Open communication and "two-way" teaching between students and teachers ought to be embraced by every school district in the country.

Hey adults, stop telling gamers to stop gaming. Instead, respect, and redirect.

Caleb Clark | Posted 09.05.2015 | Education
Caleb Clark

I hate it when I hear an adult, (especially a teacher!) react to a kid passionately playing a computer game by saying, "go outside," or in some other ...

Urban Resilience: A Tale of Two Cities

Scott Cowen | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Scott Cowen

On this tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, many observers are recognizing the renaissance of a city most people thought would never recover.

Should My Kid Learn to Code?

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

These computational thinking skills are becoming more important as computers, algorithms and data become ubiquitous. Coding will also become more common, particularly with the growth in the use of visual programming languages, like Blockly, that remove the need to learn programming language syntax, and via custom blocks, can be used as an abstraction for many different applications.

Who Wants to Teach in Arizona?

Marian Salzman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Marian Salzman

To sum up, compared with most other states, this is the prospect facing a teacher in Arizona: relatively bigger classes with fewer resources for less take-home pay.

Every Student Should Have a Digital Portfolio

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Every student should have a collection of personal bests -- a cloud-based story of their development and artifacts of accomplishment that's easily shareable in full or in part and organized for presentation.

Bridging the Critical Gap Between Middle and High School

Teach Plus | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The transition from middle to high school is a critical inflection point, and students who fall behind in ninth grade are at great risk of dropping out. That is why I support the Middle School Success and High School Graduation Initiative Amendment, which aims to provide struggling schools with tools to help students bridge this gap.