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The RNC's 'Great Lie' About K-12 Education

David A. Pickler | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
David A. Pickler

In his eloquent and powerful speech in support of his father, Donald Trump Jr. said it. Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) said it. Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich echoed it. That 'great lie' is the ruse of school "choice."

Stop Teaching, So Students Can Start Learning

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

I have an issue with the use of the word 'teaching.' We often use 'teaching' and 'learning' synonymously. In reality, learning is distinctly different from teaching: teaching is about teachers, and learning is about students.

Governor Christie v. The Children Of New Jersey: Political Racism?

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Eric Cooper

It is a sad day for equity and opportunity in New Jersey that Governor Christie has decided to overturn America's most important education lawsuit.

What Every Teacher Needs to Succeed

Teach Plus | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By T.D. Flenaugh Even good teachers fail sometimes. I have been an educator for sixteen years, and each year, my job has required that I continue lea...

Once Allies, Rauner and Rahm Now Enemies on Chicago Public Schools

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"Instead of doing the hard work of fixing Illinois' broken education funding formula, Bruce Rauner has wasted 18 months of his term holding the entire...

Be An Original: Be Yourself And Become A Better Teacher

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 06.28.2016 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Twenty-two years ago, I was offered a job as an assistant professor at a university in Michigan. The offer came late in the summer, so I had only a fe...

Know My Name; Know Me

Teach Plus | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Shawnta Barnes My father, James; my mother, Lisa; my sisters Alice and Sherry and me, I was named Shawnta. "Shawn-ta. Sha-want-ta. Shawn-na. Shaw...

Put Laptops into the Hands of Kids Who Need Them Most

Teach Plus | Posted 06.14.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Rennie Watson We just finished state testing at our school, which means that my science students didn't see our team's laptop cart for nearly two...

The Fiscal Abandonment of Chicago Public Schools: What it Says about our Nation

Teach Plus | Posted 06.16.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Gina Caneva Recently, principals across CPS notified their staff to brace themselves for a 40% budget cut, delivering a further devastating blow t...

Teach Plus Teachers Lead Development and Implementation of New Evaluation System in IPS

Teach Plus | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Courtney Singleton My students know that they grow when they get good feedback. Whether it's helping them think through a new math problem or soun...

EdSel(l)s: Assessing For-Profit Schools

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 06.02.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

For-profit schools have no incentives to consider long term educational or social goals. Obsessed with achievement metrics that might persuade consumers to purchase their product, they often exclude students with cognitive, emotional or behavioral problems.

Three Budget Cuts: Teachers' Solutions to Combat Tennessee's Deficit

Teach Plus | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Memphis Teaching Policy Fellows Meg Bounds, Celeste Brown, Austin Crowder, Katie Kaplan, Megan O'Connor, and Lydia Stoney It's Monday and, like ma...

Introducing the Nellie Mae Speakers Bureau on Education Innovation

Nicholas Donohue | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Nicholas Donohue

Are you an educator who wants to learn more about the ideas that define student-centered learning? Are you a parent, school board member or community leader who has strong instincts that your school system should be more student-centered but are not sure how to move forward?

Teachers Innovate Where Candidates Don't

Teach Plus | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Anne Eden It was a student who pointed it out to me. "Hey Miss! Why aren't the presidential candidates talking about our schools?" My sociolo...

"Why Do We Need to Take This Test?"

Teach Plus | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Michael Macchi I sit upright at my desk wondering what is happening. Ms. Austin says that it's time to take the MCAS. She distributes the test and...

We Need to Teach Classroom Management

Teach Plus | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Michael Meadows When I think back to my first year of teaching, one late November 7th grade class stays with me. Emmanuel would not sit where I t...

Dear Congress, Give Leila the Opportunity to Learn Computer Science

Pat Yongpradit | Posted 04.26.2016 | Education
Pat Yongpradit

On Tuesday April 26th, America’s leading CEOs, governors, and educators united to support an open letter to Congress, asking for funding to provide ...

K-12 procurement is hell. Let's fix it.

John Katzman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
John Katzman

Selling to K-12 school districts is a circle of Hell. But we can fix it. I first entered that circle as the founder and CEO of The Princeton Review. ...

The Changing Dynamic Between the Teacher and the Taught

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Teachers, administrators, parents, students, and educational policy makers must work together on a range of assessment tools in order to optimize school operations and budgetary allocations for technology insertion into education.

Six Chicago Teachers' Voices: The Pros and Cons of the Day of Action

Teach Plus | Posted 03.31.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

At a time when the Chicago Teacher's Union is planning a one-day strike, it's important to remember that while we as teachers may support or oppose the strategy of a Day of Action, we're united by a common set of values around education.

How Gov. Jindal's Voucher Program is Like the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Is that comparison in bad taste? Too melodramatic? The high mortality and incarceration rates of poorly educated, impoverished, Black Louisianians indicates otherwise.

The Rock and Roll Superintendent Making a Difference

Margaret Moodian | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Margaret Moodian

Southern California's Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is one of the poorest school districts in the United States, with most families...

Maryland's Segregated School System Demands Innovation

Teach Plus | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Jessica Ellis For each of the 12 years I have been an elementary school teacher, I have read biographies of influential African Americans with my ...

Social Apps in Education

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 03.22.2016 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The use of social-media for socialization and as a pastime (to the extent of "wasting time") is well known. But considering that many social media app...

Make Public Education Part of Our National Dialogue

David A. Pickler | Posted 03.22.2016 | Education
David A. Pickler

Many Americans view our nation's best days as behind us. About one-fourth of Americans - only 26% - feel that the country is headed in the right dire...