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Public Education Reform

Teaching in Chartering: The Freedom to Be Better

Ember Reichgott Junge | Posted 12.30.2013 | Education
Ember Reichgott Junge

Chartering is one pathway that allows this "freedom to be better" for entrepreneurial teachers. Perhaps if chartering had been available for my college classmate years ago, she would still be engaged in changing lives of young learners.

'A Teacher's Cry for Help'

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Relying on worksheets, instead of educators, to teach basic skills is standard practice in all too many schools. The approach often leads to a disjointed and atomistic approach to learning, where students acquire skills but quickly forget them.

Teacher Warriors Encouraged to Apply

Sally Lee | Posted 11.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

When New York City's mass transit workers went on strike in 2005, they fought for the benefits of TWU members who hadn't joined the workforce yet. They would not "give up the unborn."

What 'Family Values' Really Look Like in Action

Debra Pickett | Posted 11.24.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

There are things about the safe, rural community where we now live that could not, of course, be replicated in our hometown of Chicago. But there are many, many that could. Quite easily.

Bored-o-Ed: An Educator's Plan for Making the NYC Public Schools Work

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.23.2013 | New York
Michele Somerville

If I could change one thing alone, I would change this: Currently New York City Public School students have physical education twice a week.

'I'm as Mad as...'

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.22.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Having been close to education for the past 14 years, I've become more and more disillusioned as time goes by. From the view out my window, where I went to yell as Beale asked me to do, things have gone from bad to worse at every level.

Exploring Educational Trauma: The Pain of Learning in 20th Century Schools

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 10.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

From early laws in the 70's that promoted segregation of students to the epidemic that is bullying, we can see incidents of trauma everywhere in education. Educational Trauma is defined as the inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization by educational systems against consumers and producers of the system. Victims of educational trauma may include: children, adolescents, and adults interacting the educational system.

I Think I Will Do That Surgery at Home

Rob Furman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Rob Furman

What makes people think they can teach children better than the people who have dedicated their lives to the study of educating children? Why do people not trust the experts in education? I have a theory.

The Problem With Proficiency

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

Others (especially reform critics) have made the same arguments countless times before. Yet an emphasis on proficiency rates over student growth is still entrenched in state and federal policy.

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.

Best and Worst Education News of 2013 -- So Far

Larry Ferlazzo | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Larry Ferlazzo

More and more research was published supporting the view that, yes, our students need good schools, but if we're truly serious about providing them with genuine opportunities, what really needs to happen are major economic and political changes.

Listen to Mama on School Reform

Diann Woodard | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Can the key to the success of reforming public education be as simple as listening to what parents and experienced practitioners know children need?

To Improve Teaching, Get Serious About Training

Stephen Chiger | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Stephen Chiger

It's time to change the way professional developers do business, because we're increasingly finding ourselves in the same marketplace. Before any revolutions occur, however, we have to get serious about managing the quality of our trainings.

Shining a Light on Education's Invisible Lever: Talented Leaders and Managers

Scott Morgan | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Scott Morgan

Now, a decade into our work, Education Pioneers has amassed a significant amount of data on our more than 1,600 alumni.

Turn Off the Lights: Public School Closings, Minority Youth and Bleak Futures

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

A seemingly undeniable historical reality is that minority youth have often been seen as devoid of the kind of innocence and worthiness of investment that white youth have been afforded.

Art Succeeding Above the Fray

Crystal Cheatham | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Crystal Cheatham

Art in schools has demonstrated the power to foster in students a social and emotional intelligence through craft making, play and storytelling that augments the learning process of more structured subjects like math, reading and science.

It Makes Me Wonder Why All the Amateurs Have Come to Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

The strong, silent professionals who actually do all of the shoe-work in education are distracted by, of all things, what got them in the profession in the first place. It's their work with children and young persons that is most important, so that's where their attentions rest.

Are College Degrees Supposed to Be Nothing More than Job Training Certificates?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Lev Raphael

Forbes just reported on what it considers the "worst" college degrees. Their criteria? The. unemployment rate for people who had these majors and th...

Why We Ignore the Biggest Problem in Education

Troy Campbell | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Troy Campbell

We won't solve the education problem till we solve the "Day One Problem" and acknowledge the simple fact: on day one of first grade, we need better kids, not just better teachers.

Student's Rant Speaks Volumes for What Ails Our Classrooms

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

How can we as a nation go where his teacher would not, and rise up to address students when they ask what their schools are doing to help them?

Reclaiming the Conversation on Education

Alan Singer | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

The problem at meetings such as Reclaiming the Conversation on Education conference is that they tend to be "anti" meetings that do not present a clear alternative agenda defining what participants believe is the role public education should play in a democratic society.

Common Core State Standards: Get It Right

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dennis Van Roekel

When kids first learn to cross the street, we tell them to stop, look both ways and assess the traffic before they proceed. Similarly, when it comes to decisions affecting the education of millions of our nation's public school students, we should exercise the same common sense.

Why I Don't Homeschool

Rachel Joyce | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

I teach my own kids lots of things. I teach them how to empty the dishwasher and that smelling like trash isn't a good way to make friends, and gossiping isn't a good way to keep them. I teach them every moment I am with them, only it's not math. It's just life stuff. Life stuff is good.

Governor Defends Secret Project To Reform Education System

www.detroitnews.com | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

Lansing -- Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended his administration's involvement in a secret project that is trying to develop a cheaper way to deliver...

Who Is to Blame?

Randy Miller | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Randy Miller

What is real school reform? When educators and policymakers see a school district in crisis, I wonder what they think about. When the "big-shot" stake...