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The Art of Learning by Doing

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Driven by the synergy of technological advancements and instructional innovations, simulations are rapidly gaining importance in the classroom in tech-savvy nations as robust add-ons, either as a supplement to traditional teaching methods or as a substitute for sections of the curriculum.

Teaching Character Versus Life Skills in Schools: What's the Best Approach?

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Should schools teach personality or character? This is the question posed in a recent New York Times op-ed by Anna North. When educators focus on personality or character, you get debates about whether it is the role of schools to try to imbue character or personality.

White House Summit Recognizes Early Childhood's 'Persistent Army' But Battle Isn't Over

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

While we should celebrate this tremendous progress, we must also acknowledge that we still have work to do.

The High Price of For-Profit Education and Jeb Bush

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Donald Cohen

Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education has been a long-time booster of K12 Inc.'s expansion, education and business model.

Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Who doesn't want the education and care for young children to be high quality? Parents look for it, advocates fight for it, policy makers debate it. But just what is it?

Dads Spending Time on Baby, Not Baby Talk

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Fathers want to step up at home when it comes to caring for their children. But stepping up involves speaking up -- to their babies, which they may be less likely to do, according to a new study just published in the December 2014 issues of Pediatrics.

Moving Toward Better Teachers Begins With Better Teacher Preparation

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

Much attention is paid to related topics such as teacher tenure, due process, salaries, and external factors such as poverty. But not nearly enough focus is paid to teacher education and what it really takes to prepare a truly excellent teacher for the challenges of today's classrooms.

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?"

To Strengthen Education Leadership, We Must Improve Education Leader Preparation

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

We must begin to redesign our approach to effective education leadership preparation. We need new, more rigorous terminal degrees to prepare school leaders.

#EdJourney: Producing a Culture of Education Innovation

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 12.05.2014 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

In the fall of 2012, a man left his wife and home for 3 months, to travel across the country in his Prius, and visit more than 60 schools. He was int...

Back-to-School Message: Stop Helicoptering, Start Teaching Self Control

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It is back to school time, but rather than waxing nostalgic about our memories (those smells of chalk, mixed with industrial strength cleaning fluid, ...

Teaching Our Boys to Face the Competitive Landscape of Today's World

Gabriella Rowe | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Gabriella Rowe

We need students who are okay knowing that there may not be a right answer and there may not be a winner. And this is the opposite of what we traditionally taught our boys as young children.

We Have What We Need: The Next Steps in Education Technology

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

Let's make it happen and empower today's youth so that they can empower the generation after them and beyond.

Our Future Depends On Putting Tech Education At The Core

Cullen White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cullen White

If we don't make technology education a priority, we will face a crisis of epic proportions. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 4.2 million jobs in IT and computing. There is no way we can fill those jobs with American students and an education system that doesn't adequately prepare them.

3 Ways to Support & Encourage STEM in Your School

Hobsons & Roadtrip Nation | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Hobsons & Roadtrip Nation

Your student saying she's interested in engineering creates the opportunity to discuss the range of educational preparation and careers available. So, how can you help your students connect what they're learning now to their future goals, particularly if they're interested in STEM fields?

Audio Recordings Shed Light On Florida Teacher Scandal

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting/StateImpact Florida | Trevor Aaronson and John O’Connor | Posted 05.13.2013 | Miami

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida have obtained internal emails and a recording of a company meeting that provide...

Engagement and Compliance in the Classroom. They Aren't the Same!

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Andrew K. Miller

I've come to understand that the term "engagement" needs to be unpacked before addressing issues of management in the classroom. If you ask an educator, "What does engagement look like?" responses will surely vary.

What's YOUR Super Bowl?

Zach Veach | Posted 04.17.2013 | Teen
Zach Veach

The Super Bowl reminded me that we're all working towards what we see as our top goal, our end result. As we continue to reach for those goals and realize those dreams, the stakes get higher and the obstacles far greater.

FibbStrong: What to Teach Kids About Lying

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 03.20.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Parents have an opportunity to use the Lance Armstrong story to teach their children their values about telling the truth. It begins with knowing what the truth is.

Florida DOE Investigates Nation's Largest Virtual School Company

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2012 | Miami

* K12 is the largest U.S. virtual school company * Company denies using uncertified teachers MIAMI, Sept 11 (Reuters) - ...

10 Parents Respond to the New York Times

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

The New York Times ran a tabloid-style hit piece on K12, the online learning provider. They apparently didn't speak to many parents that appreciate f...

Classrooms for Tomorrow

Joel Arquillos | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education
Joel Arquillos

The New York Times' Schools for Tomorrow conference was a discussion on how technology will continue to impact how children learn and how schools may change to accommodate this revolution.

Student Tributes to Steve Jobs

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 12.07.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

There was something about Steve Jobs that speaks to students on the edge of finding their own glow. For each kid dreams of being their own Wonka one day, and Jobs was the embodiment of those dreams attained.

Dear President Obama: Save the National Writing Project

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Every summer, in many cities in the United States, small cohorts of teachers, representing every grade level from Pre-K through college, gather to learn from the best educators in the world.

You Can Do More with Less... But Only for So Long

Bud Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bud Hunt

Colorado's new governor is going to ask high school teachers at three of the city's schools to teach another class per semester. It's a kind of peer pressure move that is based on faulty logic.