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States Should Spend Less on Prisons, More on Schools

Michael Mitchell | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

The savings from criminal justice reforms wouldn't fully finance the increased education investments needed, partly because states will likely spend much of the savings elsewhere. But reordering state priorities away from maintaining large prison populations and toward investing in human capital will pay off over the long term.

Big School, Small School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A new study of the small high schools that New York City opened in the last decade seems to have re-ignited a debate about whether small high schools are better for kids than large schools and whether it's possible to really measure which is better.

The Virtualization of Childhood

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Internet, the global system of interconnected computer networks that was created to defend geographic boundaries, has now morphed into a system that transcends the very same boundaries

"Every Number Represents a Kiddo's Face"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Last week I quoted a principal who said about the student achievement data in her school, "They are just numbers, but the teachers here know that every number represents a kiddo's face."

The Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

A Global Model for STEM Education

Vince Bertram | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Scie...

Los Angeles Unified Must Refocus: 5 Ways Bad Ed Tech Deals in LAUSD Hurt Kids Right Now

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Recently released investigative reports by a Southern California radio station has increased public scrutiny of Superintendent John Deasy's cozy relationships with Apple and Pearson executives before both corporations won the bid to supply LAUSD with iPads.

The Common Core: A Good Journey

Teach Plus | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

I am a teacher, and I support the Common Core State Standards. These days it feels like I need to keep this to myself. The Common Core seems like everyone's favorite initiative to hate, but exactly who are the critics? Politicians running in mid-term elections? Celebrities like Louis C.K.?

Expecting Excellence

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

To ensure that all their students learn what they need to learn requires that the school be organized to a fare-thee-well and that everyone pull her weight.

Why Didn't LAUSD Perform a Tech Review Before iPad/MiSiS Purchase?

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Bad ed tech deals continue to plague LAUSD -- currently in its second month of meltdown, the MiSiS student tracking and class scheduling software mandated by a court-ordered consent decree is a ticking time bomb.

California, the Arts and the Creative Economy

John M. Eger | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

For the state that is home to Silicon Valley and high tech invention, to Hollywood and the single largest export in the world: theatrical films, it has always been a mystery why so few dollars were spent on the arts.

Can We Call 70 Percent of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents a Consensus?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Why Not? It May Be as Close as We Get It sometimes feels as if our country is so polarized these days that a poll broken out by Democrats, Republican...

Learning Multiple Strategies to Teach Math

Teach Plus | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Audrey Jackson We've all heard this from someone we know: "I'm so bad at math, I just don't get it." We sympathize or agree, despite the fact tha...

Kids Are In School for About 15,000 Hours - Does How They Spend That Time Make a Difference?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The question of whether schools affect student achievement has been debated ever since the publication of James C. Coleman's landmark 1966 study, "Equ...

There Is an App for That? Tips From an Elementary Math Teacher

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Schools are embracing digital technologies like never before. However, many parents have a mistaken notion that the tablet or laptop replaces previously-used physical mediums, like the textbook or notebook.

Understand and Protect Your Kids' Privacy at School

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 11.01.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

If the whole issue of privacy is new and the phrase "personally identifiable information" doesn't mean anything to you, it is time to get started and educate yourself!

New (School) Year Resolutions Part 4

Teach Plus | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspir...

New (School) Year Resolutions Part 3

Teach Plus | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspir...

Hopeful Teaching and Learning: The One Who Makes a Difference

Eric Cooper | Posted 10.26.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

May teachers seeking to rekindle their passion for the job regain the spark that ignites a transformed learning environment -- one where educators, parents and students collectively work to improve opportunities for all young people.

A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...

Back to School and Winning the Future

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Gov. Martin O'Malley

It's back-to-school season, and here in Maryland our schools have already begun welcoming students back for the new academic year. Initial estimates show there's a good chance we'll reach a new record enrollment this year with more than 860,000 students filling our classrooms -- and we're ready for them.

Preparing Future Educators: The Right Training as Foundation

Teach Plus | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Marisol Castillo During my first year as a teacher, when every day left me feeling spent, a veteran educator described overcoming challenges in te...

Tips And Tricks To Get Ready For 'Back to School'

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Most K-12 schools are back in session (in the U.S.) over the next few weeks. It is time to prepare to get back into the routine and get things in orde...

$1 Million Thank You for One Outstanding Teacher

Vikas Pota | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Vikas Pota

The low status of teachers means that we are missing out on thousands of the most talented graduates who won't join a profession that does not command respect.

I'm Going to Say Half-full This Time

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some teachers in states that have adopted the Common Core are expressing apprehension about their readiness to teach to the new standards, dismay at t...