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The Black Advocacy in Schools Series: Parents and Guardians

Charles Cole III | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

Below are some of the best practices that I have utilized to help a bunch of parents better support their children. This is the first entry in a series to support black advocacy. There will be articles to support teachers/administrators and students. Hopefully this is helpful.

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

The Price of Speakers, Deflated Footballs and Brady's Appeal: A Collective Sad Commentary

Karen Gross | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Karen Gross

I get that Brady could not speak about Deflategate, but there were plenty of substantive topics that could have been raised post the Wells Report.

Save Our Kids -- Call For a Season of Agitation

David Kanegis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Let's hope the New York State Senate gets the message and protects one of our most vulnerable groups and the future of this great nation -- the children!

What Are Schools For

Amber Kane | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Schools need to reframe failure. School should be the safe place where students learn to fail. Where they learn to ask questions, search for answers, make mistakes, course correct and try again. If you don't learn to fail in school, where will you learn.

I Got a Good Job Right Out of High School Thanks to CTE

Joseph Neyhart | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Joseph Neyhart

Not many people can say they got a job -- a good job, the kind that marks the beginning of a real career -- right out of high school. But I can.

Changing the Stereotype of Tech Ed

Lily Mohamed | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Lily Mohamed

When I was in eighth grade, I wanted to go to a technical high school. It was not a popular decision, and that's an understatement. My chemistry teacher worried that if I didn't go to a conventional, college-prep school, I wouldn't amount to anything. Well, I proved them all wrong.

State Senator Who Can Afford To Charter Helicopters On Whim Says Public Schools Overfunded

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

A Republican state senator illustrated his belief that the state's schools aren't suffering financially by chartering a helicopter ride for himself an...

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

Writing a Memoir That Moves People to Take Action

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers

Books for Our Times: Losing Our Way, by Bob Herbert

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Losing Our Way is a book that will resonate with many thoughtful Americans who feel, like the author, that America has lost her way in this last half-century. That would be most Americans, actually: Two-thirds of the American public tell pollsters they feel the country is on "the wrong track."

Too Common a Story -- The Homework Gap

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Jose Antonio Tijerino

"Hey, that's my story!" my mentee Adan Gonzalez blurted out as I read him some of the preliminary findings from a study the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, myCollegeOptions and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conducted called Taking the Pulse of the High School Student in America.

Robert Putnam's Our Kids and Reclaiming the American Dream

John Thompson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
John Thompson

I doubt that Putnam fully realizes how appreciative teachers are of his efforts to shift our toxic education debates to a conversation about the real problem, the opportunity gap. To close the racial and economic achievement gaps, we must regain the confidence required to tackle out-of-school issues as well as in-school issues.

Here's How Michigan Can Be a Top-10 Education State

Amber Arellano | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Amber Arellano

We've spent many months studying the success of the nation's top education state, Massachusetts, and leading improvement states like Tennessee and Florida. Based on their proven track record of success, we have identified four areas that, with the right attention and investment, can put Michigan into the top 10 states for student growth in the next five years.

How Testing Is Driving More Oklahoma Teachers, and Other Educators Across the Nation, Out of the Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
John Thompson

No Child Left Behind was awful, but it imposed high-stakes testing on only about one fifth of teachers. The worst harm was inflicted as Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waivers extended bubble-in accountability to every educator.

What Sputnik Taught Us

John Ewing | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
John Ewing

First, while it's important to acknowledge education's shortcomings, hand-wringing doesn't solve problems. Solutions come by focusing on strength rather than dwelling on weakness.

Scaling Up, Mass Production and Wrong-Headedness in Education

Vicki Cobb | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

The basic principles of American business is to find something that's needed, get investors to mass produce it and then sell it to millions. So the government created a need by passing a law mandating that we hold schools and teachers "accountable" by requiring students to take standardized (scaled-up) tests.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Voting 'No' on Proposal 1 Is Good for Michigan

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

There is little doubt that Michigan needs much of what Proposal 1 offers, but enough is enough. Liberals need to stop taking what they can get and start demanding what they deserve, and the only way to make sure that happens is to replace as many of the corporate-sponsored Republicans as possible. Voting "no" on Proposal 1 is the first step.

What About Middle School?

Julie Slotnik Sturm | Posted 06.28.2015 | New York
Julie Slotnik Sturm

Fifth grade is underway and middle school is the main topic of conversation among parents. Worrying seems to be an Olympic sport but I'm trying not to compete. I tell myself, "My kid is a good student, he'll be fine."

Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in Unethical Times

Colin Schumacher | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Colin Schumacher

In these dire times of unethical decision-making by policy makers, it's important that teachers remain grounded in moral principles that have proven timeless in preserving the promise of public education. It has been painfully evident that union leadership has settled for political maneuvering rather than unwavering principle.

Another Charlie Brown Election?

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Carlos R. Moreno

The middle class is shrinking, good-paying jobs are scarcer, and providing for a family is ever more challenging. Expanding the number of real opportunities is something we expect our leaders to do something about without screwing it up.

Doing Better: How School Leadership is Making Student Health and Well-Being a Priority

Sharon Adams-Taylor | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Sharon Adams-Taylor

Superintendents cannot singlehandedly improve the health of every student, but they are the first step in changing the trajectory of health for all students in their districts.