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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.

Classrooms and the EdTech Budget

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

With growing awareness and need for blended learning and technology-aided education, a major concern among educators, school administrators, and parents has been to find ways to fund educational technology in the classroom.

How Technology Can Help Language Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.03.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

There is no doubt that computer aided language learning and computer mediated communication enhance teaching and learning experiences in the areas of linguistics and language intelligence.

How to Implement a Coded Curriculum in Your School

Peter Hutton | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Peter Hutton

Coding is, indeed, everywhere today. And while not all of our students will be coders or engineers, they all need to acquire a level of coding literacy that will enable them to understand the power of coding in any career direction they choose.

Closing the Education Gap for English-Language Learners

Teach Plus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

English-language learners (ELLs) have failed because we have failed to serve them. We often place these students in mainstream environments long before they are ready, with teachers who do not have the training or the preparation to meet their needs.

To Baltimore Teachers: Thank You

Jennifer Green | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
Jennifer Green

I'm so proud of all the great teachers that have helped Baltimore and the nation endure through this difficult time. And, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I again say thank you. Urban Teacher Center teachers are invaluable, and we applaud their continued efforts.

Toward Translating Success for Black and Brown Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Now, more than ever, eliminating the stereotypes, structures and beliefs that hinder human potential is paramount. We find ourselves in a teachable moment in a campaign for human justice. The path to transformation begins in our schools.

Don't Fear Girls Having Male Role Models

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

It blows my mind that someone would fret over the gender of volunteers. Isn't the reason why we organize events for girls to show them that gender isn't a barrier? We shouldn't criticize men for their gender when they want to help us with our goals.

Reflections on the 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Teach Plus | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As exciting as all this was, where were the teachers in these conversations? Many of us felt that we were invited because we actively lead in our schools, communities, and countries, and we expected to have a similar role at ISTP. We felt stifled in the exchange. So, in true teacher form, we didn't give up.

Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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.