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Do Not Target Our Children, Do Not Make Our Teachers Government Puppets

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Yolanda Rondon

In a request to the Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Representative Bennie Thompson called on a complete review and privacy assessment of the FBI's "Don't Be a Puppet" web-based program, including its use of the Violent Extremist Risk Assessment (VERA).

School Choice: Identifying and Choosing Between Different School Cultures

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

For those who lament the notion that schools are a "business," I'm sorry they are. Even if we did nothing but chose our neighborhood grade school, they are in the "business" of attracting us to their "product" and to highlight that their product is the best in the entire market.

What's Working: Collaboration & Personalized Learning in the Classroom

Allan Golston | Posted 01.27.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

In 2013, I began experimenting with what's called a personalized model: Instead of receiving instruction solely through traditional lessons, students work independently, in small groups, or with me, either one on one or in small groups for their lessons.

From Words to Genocide -- UNESCO Probes the Power of Anti-Semitic Propaganda

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Dr. Michael Laitman

UNESCO's theme for this year's International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, occurring January 27, is "From Words to G...

Our Way Of Assessing Schools Is Upside Down

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

We assume that low achievement indicates a poor school when, in fact, it is merely proof of a neglected community. We persistently fail to address the economic and social injustices that created the community and then we blame schools and teachers for the mayhem we have enabled.

New Year, New Investments in Your Child's Learning

Byron Garrett | Posted 01.19.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

The days of "do as I say, not as I do" should be behind you if you want your child to be an excellent student. Kids love to model everything they see adults doing- --whether it's movement, phrases, eating or habits. It's important for your child to see you on a quest for learning as well if you want them to journey to greatness academically.

It's January -- Time to Choose a New School

Ayele Shakur | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Ayele Shakur

One of the most important decisions a parent will ever make is selecting a great school which is the right fit for your child. If you don't choose a school for your child, the school district will choose one for you. Bad idea.

The Every Student Succeeds Act: A Promising Step Toward Putting Students at the Center

Nicholas Donohue | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Nicholas Donohue

President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law recently. This response to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) - the 2002 rendition of t...

3 Areas for the Biggest Disruption in 2016 for Startups

Chirag Kulkarni | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Chirag Kulkarni

Startups in 2016 have an immense opportunity and calling for disruption. There has been quite a bit of talk about disruption in economies such as the sharing economy, delivery, and even wearable's. But, there are still so many industries that are still untouched, and can be impacted on a large scale.

The Public Pays Twice for Some Schools

Donald Cohen | Posted 12.21.2015 | Education
Donald Cohen

Get this. In some states, charter school operators can purchase school buildings from public school districts... using taxpayer money. That's right. The public pays twice for a building it no longer owns.

Education Policies Worthy of the Name 'Reform'

Randi Weingarten | Posted 12.20.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

This new law can create positive change. States will now take the lead on accountability, interventions and teacher evaluation systems. While some states will mess up, we hope most will learn from the failures of NCLB and give teachers and schools the latitude and support to deeply engage students and to focus on the whole child.

Every Student Succeeds Act and the Utah Data Alliance

Oliver Leung | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Oliver Leung

Americans spend 6.4% of GDP on education (3rd highest amongst OECD countries), but has one of the lowest participation rates in upper secondary educat...

Give to Education via Donors Choose this #GivingTuesday & Google Will Match Up to $1MM

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, the deal is teachers in lots of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families and those with under-privileged kids, too. DonorsChoose.org is about teachers getting the resources they need, and doing it right.

Now Is Time to Embrace the Civic and Moral Purposes of Education

Arthur Camins | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

I wish I lived in a country in which the unconstrained expression of racist and xenophobic ideas from candidates for president of the United States en...

Charter Schools as Incubators or Charter Schools Inc.?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

These failings hurt the charter school operators who are trying to operate aboveboard with students' best interests in mind. And rampant charter expansion undermines traditional public schools. A proposal to "charterize" half of the public schools in Los Angeles would not just disrupt the public school system, it would destroy it.

The Teacher Games: Only The Strongest Districts Can Win

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
Jacob Stewart

When it comes to recruiting teachers, the odds are in the favor of schools that can pay them. The system forces districts to compete against each other. Naturally, the stronger districts will continue to win. And even worse, this competition will continue to put our children's lives at stake. Sound familiar?

Recognizing Great High Schools By What They Actually Do

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.11.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.

What to Do About a Poor Report Card?

Ellen Fischer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Ellen Fischer

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has posted its 2015 "report card." NAEP measures student achievement and is given periodically to students across the United States. It will come as no surprise to many educators that the scores are down.

Yes, 'Virtual' Charter Schools Exist-and They're Growing

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Donald Cohen

While the overall percentage of U.S. students who attend online schools is small, in some states -- like California, where CAVA teachers are organizing to serve students and families, not corporations -- online education has become yet another path towards the privatization of public education.

What If Our Teacher Shortage Is Actually a Leadership Shortage?

Scott Morgan | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
Scott Morgan

If we can bring best-in-class leadership and management practices to education, we can create schools and school systems where our nation's most talented, diverse professionals clamor to work now and for decades to come.

Lessons From Newark: Why School Reforms Will Not Work Without Addressing Poverty

The Conversation US | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Downtown Newark is only 12 miles from lower Manhattan, but there are days when the distance seems much greater. While New York grapples with gentrification and globalization, Newark struggles -- with some signs of success -- to revive its economy.

How I Came to Appreciate Teachers

Vivy Chao | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Vivy Chao

It's 1999, and I'm sitting in an Advanced Placement history class. I think to myself, "All this memorization and testing will make sense when I grow up. There's a reason for all this that I don't understand yet."

Tutoring Program Fosters Love of Learning in Its Students and a Love of Service in Its Volunteers

Zachary Azrael | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Zachary Azrael

Throughout its existence, Baltimore has been a city divided by race. As a major port city, Baltimore once was a major center for slave trade. After slavery ended, Baltimore, like many cities south of the Mason-Dixon line, segregated itself. And today, despite decades of effort from civil rights activists, Baltimore remains a city divided.

Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.28.2015 | College
Lawrence Wittner

The major argument for free public college and university education is the same as for free public education in general: like the free public elementary, middle, and high schools already existing in the United States, free public higher education provides educational opportunity for all.

Improving Schools for Every Student

Harriet Sanford | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

More often than not in recent years, schools have had to go it alone in trying to meet the needs of our most underserved students. So it's encouraging to see a renewed emphasis on context, and on the kinds of solutions we've seen work in some of our neediest communities