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There is no Finish Line in Education

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 02.03.2016 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Once again, significant federal change is afoot within U.S. education. The recent signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks a significant shift away from tight national accountability to greater state-level systems of student outcomes measurement and assessments.

After School Citizens and Virtual Diversity: Harvard Report Comes Up Short

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 01.27.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Turning the Tide, a report by the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard, reminds high school educators and parents that the common good is good, and...

Preparing Students for a Project-Based World

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.31.2015 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

There are no longer easy-to-follow models for organizational design; the world is changing too fast. In both the public and private sector a rule that appears to have sustainability is maintaining a lean core structure that adaptively adds new projects.

Can Great Public Education be the New Normal?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

As we shine a spotlight on innovative approaches, let's be careful not to inadvertently replace the current set of mandates and one-size-fits-all approach to classroom instruction with an updated "newer" fixed design.

Let's Get Personal: Paths to Meaningful Individualized Learning

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.20.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Instead of searching for the best add-on or parallel edtech product to address personalization, let's look for ways to make all classroom instruction more effective at meeting individual student needs.

California Schools Latest to Get New Student Test Results; So, Now What?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Whenever standardized test scores are released, the data seems to implicitly label schools as "good" or "bad" which in turn stimulate calls to improve the "bad" scores.

How Schools Can Reduce Energy Costs and Promote a Sustainable Future

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

Part III of a three-part sustainability series by guest blogger Larry Eighmy, Managing Principal of The Stone House Group When you think back o...

Adult Learning Matters

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

We are days away from the New Tech Network (NTN) Annual Conference (NTAC) ─ six days of learning, professional development and collaboration among educators from more than half of the US states and Australia and China.

Why We Should Worry Less About The "Achievement Gap"

Brandon Smith | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Brandon Smith

Our intentions are good, but we're focusing on the wrong thing, and it's hurting students. If students can flip and multiply, they can pass the test -- the standard sign of academic achievement. Our worry over the achievement gap puts students into narrow contexts of thought full of vast, isolated content and speedy tricks. Unlike the cereal, tricks aren't for kids.

Our National Obsession With 'Going to College' -- We Might Have a Bigger Problem to Solve

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

The changes we are seeing taking hold in every type of community provide evidence that investing in innovation pays off when the commitment includes adequate time, and sufficient training and coaching.

Looking for a School for Your Child? How Do You Find the Right One?

Tara Chklovski | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

We just began a search for a school for our 5 year old daughter and it has been interesting to view schools from a parent's point of view (rather than from a collaborating partner's point of view).

Better Learning Through Expensive Software

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.28.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

The goal of school isn't to do well on a test. Doing school should never be for the purpose of more school. The goal of school is to create moral citizens that will fall in love with learning.

Think Promise Neighborhoods Before Promise Neighborhoods Were Cool

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The school's ambition is an integral part of an even bigger one -- to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty that has been endemic to its section of Atlanta.

The Art School Brand: Something in the Way We Teach

Stephen Beal | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Stephen Beal

While business has been focused on brand building for some time, it has been only in the past decade that colleges and universities have put significant thought and effort into clarifying and refining their brands.

Learning Civic Responsibility

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Giving back helps students expand their awareness of social problems and the role civic action plays in solving issues. We want students to experience taking action as part of their learning so they can begin to decide what roles they will play in their own communities.

Parenting Debate: Tiger Mom vs.Teacher Mom -- Today

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 01.08.2015 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Interesting parenting debate today, Saturday, November 8. Me, mother of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki and Fulbright Award Pr...

Classroom Politics: Encouraging Politically Savvy Students

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.07.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

During every election season I wonder what more we can do, as educators, to inspire civic mindedness? What lessons or projects provide paths for students to understand the critical role voting plays in building and nurturing a healthy democracy?

Future Success Can Be Taught

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

The AIR report shows that students participating in educational opportunities that demand critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation and problem solving skills graduate on time and thrive in four-year colleges.

School in a Library Sparks Widespread Interest

John M. Eger | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
John M. Eger

The San Diego Downtown Library and E3 Civic High celebrate their first anniversary this weekend. There is a lot to celebrate.

Trial and Error: The Gritty 21st Century Skill

Paula Golden | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Paula Golden

Trains, planes and automobiles are bringing thousands of competitors from over 70 countries to Los Angeles for the 2014 Intel ISEF, the world's larges...

Don't Quote Duncan: Public Schools and the State of the Union

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

American teachers, students and parents don't need any more condescending invocations of nationalist fear, or juvenile appeals to competitiveness for grades. Teaching and learning are not about competition. They're about child-rearing.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

Deconstructing Critical 21st Century Skills at 35,000 Feet

Paula Golden | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Paula Golden

What was the key to his extraordinary success at such a young age, I asked? Somewhere over Nebraska, we agreed that it was "project-based learning."

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

Getting More Girls Into STEM Careers: Lessons From a Principal

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.24.2014 | Technology
Lydia Dobyns

Currently about 25 percent of the workforce in life sciences and 15 percent of the workforce in engineering/computer science is female. "That is better than what it has been, but not where it should and can be," said Mansoureh.