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K12 Schools Need To Know What Works

John Katzman | Posted 12.05.2016 | Education
John Katzman

America spent over $640 billion on public K-12 education last year. Add expenditures for private and parochial schools, and the total soars beyond thr...

Counteracting Absenteeism in the Classroom

Teach Plus | Posted 10.24.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Alyssa Nucaro When I started this school year, I couldn't help but notice the absence of some familiar faces. I am teaching 7th grade English and,...

Why Federal Education Funds Must Supplement, Not Supplant, State And Local Investments In Schools

Teach Plus | Posted 10.20.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Jes Ellis In September, the U.S. House of Representatives debated a contentious provision within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Known as "...

How to Not Be Afraid of Data--and Make it a Valuable Teaching Tool

Teach Plus | Posted 10.03.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Kevin Cormier After a district-wide- and a school faculty meeting, while most teachers in our building were bustling to set up their classrooms fo...

Let's Talk about Education

David Levin | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
David Levin

The United States faces many crucial issues this election season – each deserving serious attention and thought. But it’s worth noting that one of...

When it Comes to Professional Development, School Districts Need to Practice what they Preach

Teach Plus | Posted 08.11.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

By Coert Ambrosino Last week I found myself standing shin deep in the frigid shallows of Lake Michigan, holding the hand of my young nephew, August, ...

Michigan Schools: An Example of Needed Vigilance Nationwide

Paul Ruth | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Paul Ruth

True vigilance occurs not when something has happened, but when it’s about to happen. Recently there has been a flurry of criticism on Michigan educ...

Psychology Superheroes in a California School District

Margaret Moodian | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Margaret Moodian

Imagine a gym full of 500 actively engaged high school students competing, cheering, and chanting, "we will psych you." You would think this was a spo...

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...

Make America Great: Get All Our Children "Off the Reservation" 

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.14.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I think it is time for some introspection. It's time for all of us to give some real thought to America's racist and destructive history, beginning as far back as our country, as we know it, begins - with Native Americans.

California Frameworks Efforts About Cultural Competency

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.23.2017 | Education
Murali Balaji

In an increasingly diverse and multicultural American social landscape, the battles over the histories of different communities -- coupled with communities' right to self define - are becoming more prominent.

How Gifted, Low-Income Kids Are Left Behind

The Conversation US | Posted 03.22.2017 | Education
The Conversation US

A lack of support for gifted low-income kids has consequences for their representation in positions of leadership in society as well as lost innovations. For at least the last half-century, we have underserved low-income gifted kids, losing countless minds and corresponding innovations.

Education and Cultural Celebration Can Stop Bullying Before It Begins

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.16.2017 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Republican Presidential hopeful Trump - and others like him - are modeling for our children the very things we say we don't want them to emulate: meanness, belligerence, intolerance, abuse.

Remembering the Children In Values, Words and Deeds

Eric Cooper | Posted 12.22.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

A recent shooting at an office holiday party in San Bernadino, Calif. left many of us saddened, angry and frightened. Whether the attack was retaliato...

UnErasing LGBTQ History in Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.16.2016 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No matter what your score, I wanted to make the point that for the most part, students are not given the opportunity to discuss important issues, concepts, and personalities related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues in the required curriculum in the K-12 classrooms of the United States.

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 07.14.2016 | 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 06.30.2016 | 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 | Home
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.