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35 Books All Educators of African American and Latino Students Must Read

Quassan Castro | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Reading a body of work that offers effective insights to educators has proven to greatly assist educators with strengthening their teaching practices....

Twelve Tips All Educators Must Know About Educating African American and Latino Students

Quassan Castro | Posted 03.05.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

If you do not understand the population of students you teach, your success in the classroom can be greatly minimized.

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

Better to Be Straight If You Can

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I asked my lesbian mother whether she would prefer if I turned out gay or straight. We were in my loft bed: a private place at the top of the world, perfect for a hushed conversation like this. I was aware of the topic's sensitivity and I knew I'd put her in a bind.

Literacy Crisis in Middle Schools Demands Professional Development in Key Teaching Areas

Sheena Hervey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Sheena Hervey

While some progress has been made in middle school literacy, it's clear that a significant number of current middle school students will graduate unable to understand complex texts necessary to succeed after high school.

AMAZING: Student Walks After 10 Years In A Wheelchair

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.11.2013 | Teen

Thirteen-year-old Tyler Bain stole the show last Tuesday at Pine Tree Junior High's final home game when he did something amazing. He walked. T...

Bully in the Federal Workplace

Jim Moore | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Whether they are on the staffs of senators or congressmen, or work in the myriad halls of cabinet departments and federal agencies, a large number find themselves on the short end of the stick with little recourse.

6th Grader Calls 911 Overdose From Bus

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.01.2013 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Sixth grader Drew Carlson saved a life. He called 911 for an overdose while on the school bus to Woodland Middle School in Illinois. He was upset that the student he was sitting with mentioned that he had just taken lots of pills and hoped that he would die in peace before they got to school.

Rethinking LGBTQ Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

What is needed are interventions that understand the problem of LGBTQ bullying as rooted in cultural values, not in individual "bad" children, and that see schools as sites where traditional genders and heterosexuality are valued, rewarded, and given positions of power and prestige.

Why Miley Cyrus Scares the Crap Out of Me

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I'm scared and I'm wondering if I'm doing all that I can to prep my girls for the confusing, overwhelming thrill that comes when you step out of your childhood and into the world. I worry: am I being proactive enough here?

What's At The Core Of My Strong Compulsion To Be Liked?

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

I remember my mom saying that I treated my friends better than my family. Immediately, I knew it was true. My family was stuck with me, warts and all, or so I thought back then.

A New Approach to The Difficult Middle School Years

Patrick Tolan | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Patrick Tolan

There is a challenge to face but it may be for the adults as much as it is for youth -- a challenge to stop clinging to the bias that adolescents are problems waiting to happen and instead to engage youth for positive development.

Middle School Worries: Locker Anxiety

GalTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
GalTime

Maybe you worry about his ability to find his locker. Is he be able to stop there between classes? You have this image of him carrying all his books around with him all day. You would have heard something by now, right? Well, maybe not exactly.

The Parent Backpack

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I've always had ambivalent feelings about homework, which is ironic given how much of it my own children have done over the years. M.L. Nichols does not debate the value of homework for young children. Instead she offers helpful suggestions for painlessly getting it done.

Race to the Top: A Step in the Right Direction

Quentin Wilson | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Quentin Wilson

Walk into your local school district office over the next week and, chances are, you will run into an administrator (or four) rushing to meet the October 3 deadline for submitting the district's Race To The Top (RTT) application.

Thanking Two Men I Should Have Thanked 30 Years Ago: Mr. Denstaedt and Mr. Wentz

Kevin Walsh | Posted 11.18.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

After I shook hands with friends and relatives, I sought out those high school teachers who had made a difference -- and they were immensely influential on my life and I invoked them daily in my career in the classroom. But the teachers I didn't think about that day perhaps affected me more.

Stepdaughter's Mom Is Threatening to Send Her to a Distant School

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

13-year-olds are reluctant to confide in their parents. One of the benefits of being a "bonus parent" is that you can act as a sounding board for your stepdaughter to talk freely about the things she's struggling to sort out.

A Tale of Two Teachers

Paula Golden | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
Paula Golden

For many middle school children who study mathematics at an age when they first look to adults outside those in their immediate family to define themselves, a teacher's thumb's up or down can shape their destiny.

Middle School

Natasha Lerner | Posted 11.10.2013 | Teen
Natasha Lerner

For the rest of the year I would look for who was sitting alone, or looked upset and go to them. I didn't have the best time, but I learned a lot. Now I'm very glad I'm done with middle school and can pass on my advice and memories to others.

Growing Pains

Allison Tate | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

He will be OK. He is ready, and he can do this, and it is going to get a lot better than it was today. That doesn't mean that this is going to be awesome. Growing up can kind of suck sometimes -- for kids and for parents.

ISEE or SSAT? Choose Wisely...

Alex Mallory | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Alex Mallory

Many theories abound about which test is easier or which is weighted more favorably by schools, but there is little evidence to back up these hypotheses. So, how do parents make an informed choice about which test will be better for their student?

What My First Kiss Taught Me About Love

Wes Janisen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wes Janisen

When I compare my first kiss with a girl to my make-out session with what's-his-name, I realize that sexual orientation sometimes takes a back seat to other tenants of our identities, even as it relates to love.

The Truth About Service Learning

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.17.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

It's August, back to school time, and we've entered a period during which a new regime of high stakes tests are rolling-out, with a fresh chorus of "f...

How Fast Can You Get a New School Open, From Scratch? Turns Out, the Answer Is Six Weeks

Judy Burton | Posted 10.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Judy Burton

How quickly can you open a new public school in Los Angeles? Do everything it takes to get a school open: Find a principal. Hire teachers. Buy supplies. Figure out the curriculum. Recruit parents and students. It often takes years.

Failing is the New Passing

Elissa Stein | Posted 10.09.2013 | New York
Elissa Stein

Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education are rushing to assure parents and school that these sub par grades will not reflect negatively on report cards, middle and high school admissions, teacher evaluations, and school ratings. But how can they not?