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19 Back-To-School Classroom Ideas That Will Knock Your Students' Socks Off

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education

Summer is coming to a close and teachers across the country are gearing up for the school year with lesson planning, supply shopping and classroom dec...

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.

The Secret Lives of Bilingual Books

Max Benavidez | Posted 05.31.2015 | Books
Max Benavidez

Many Americans are familiar with well-known mainstream children's books such as the Dr. Seuss series, Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are. But what about Americans who come from another culture, speak another language or are bilingual?

How One Education Evangelist Designs the Use of Technology in K-12 Classrooms

Brad Spirrison | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

While there are more digital resources today that can complement and enhance lesson plans than ever before, teachers need guidance about how to use them within the unique context of their own classrooms.

What Early Education Can Learn from the K-12 Choice Movement

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 05.08.2015 | DC
Katharine B. Stevens

The developing early education sector can learn a lot from the long history of its K-12 counterpart.

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs -- What Will Be the Most Significant Classroom Innovation in the Next 10 Years?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.23.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

We liked their innovative ideas so much, we decided to invite these talented 12 back each month to answer one big picture question related to 21st century education.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

Do Mobile Devices Affect Kids' Health?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

All of us are constantly exposed to the radio frequency fields around these devices. The health effects of such sustained and repeated exposure is still being studied, with mixed results.

When Your HS Graduates Choose Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

It scares me how much the negative stereotypes of community colleges have crept into the national psyche. Because they creep into community college students' psyches as well and make them feel unworthy of success before they've even begun.

It's Time to Abandon Our Rube Goldberg Accountability Contraptions

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

The preoccupation with students' test scores have sometimes masked -- rather than illuminated -- causes of the real problems confronting our schools.

Watch: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an "emerging market."

Educator Evaluation with Teacher Teams is a Powerful Combination

Teach Plus | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Erin Dukeshire When my school—the Orchard Gardens K-8 in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston—piloted the new Educator Evaluation sys...

The Global Search for Education: China Online

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Given all of the issues China faces with its rural poor, Internet access presents both massive opportunity and enormous challenge.

French Lessons on Education Reform

Charles Kolb | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Charles Kolb

The French approach to education demonstrates a solid commitment to investing in youth human capital, and there is much that the United States can learn from the French example.

Mobile Technology in K-12 Classrooms: More Than a Question of Cost

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Tablets have become a learning fixture in many K-12 classrooms. The quick access to information and capability to provide personalized learning are ju...

College Football Obsession: Sending the Wrong Academic Message?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The football season on the professional level and every tier below it has become an iconic fall tradition of American culture. This glorification of a sport, particularly in the case of college athletes, put priorities in the wrong spot though.

K-12 Online Learning as a Life Skill

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Online learning is more than a fad. The facts are staggering: According to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, there are nearly 1....

Using The Lessons of Financial And Economic Literacy to Teach The Common Core

Nan Morrison | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Nan Morrison

With financial issues dominating today's news, economics and personal finance take on a relevance and immediacy with students, while also encouraging the types of critical thinking skills that apply to all aspects of their lives and that are at the heart of the CCSS.

K-12 Technology: Benefits and Drawbacks

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said, "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous str...

Reimagining the Classroom

Anita Thompson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Technology
Anita Thompson

Subtle but important gaps in K-12 learning, coupled with the national drop-out rates, are alarming indeed. But there is hope.

New Data, Real Progress

Kati Haycock | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

We are not getting the job done in our high schools nearly as well as we are at earlier grades. Our students are entering high school better prepared, but along the way that advantage is not being translated into proportionate gains among 17-year-olds overall.

Educators Are the Heart of the Education System

John Baker | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
John Baker

Rote memorization and regurgitation are not the skills employers want. Our assessment systems need to change to better measure the outcomes we are ultimately striving to achieve.

It All STEMs From a Big Idea

Julie Kantor | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business
Julie Kantor

I am still on cloud nine after attending the TEDx Rock Creek Park Conference last week titled 'The Hero's Journey.'

Texas Turns Back the Clock?

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

Texans realized early on that for their kids to compete against students from Beijing and Bangalore, they needed to take rigorous classes in high school. However, after several years of steady progress, state lawmakers are poised to gut what Texas got right before anybody else.