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Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.26.2015 | Education
Vicki Abeles

For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.

What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

Charles Howard | Posted 04.25.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.

Obesity Swept the Nation and Now Healthy Schools are Taking it Back... With Your Help

Rob Bisceglie | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Rob Bisceglie

There are many incredible and life-changing improvements around health taking place in schools across the country right now, led by everyday heroes who deserve and need our support.

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

Sharon Adams-Taylor | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

Educators Need to Rethink Punishment

Sheri Bauman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Sheri Bauman

The excluded child loses the opportunity for positive socialization. One cannot learn from positive role models if there are none present, and children cannot learn how to manage their behavior in school if they are not there.

Christina Wilkie

More Kansas Schools To Close Early For Lack Of Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

Six school districts in Kansas will close early this year, following budget cuts signed in March by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Two school dist...

In the Weeds

Harriet Sanford | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

Through an innovative aquaponics program that teaches students about healthy eating and entrepreneurship, it's at the heart of a sustainable future for Fernwood's students and their neighborhood.

9 Ways of Raising Issues of Religious Pluralism in the Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Someone said to me once that throughout the ages, more people have been killed in the name of religion than all the people who have ever died of all diseases combined. I don't know whether this is actually the case, but I do think it highlights a vital point.

I Don't Know How to Talk to My Kindergartener About Race

Karen Cordano | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Does it help to talk about it? Do I dare talk about it as a white woman who is incredibly privileged? Can I do something to help? Is trying to do something to help an example of privilege trying to solve problems it doesn't understand?

Felony Teaching

Joel Judd | Posted 04.17.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

However much tests cost, they are vastly less expensive than adequately funding education. This is a great advantage to those who favor appearance over substance.

Protecting Our Children When Contending With Threats Of Violence

Jen Cohen | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Jen Cohen

The day prior, I received multiple messages from several sources. Key words in print kept reverberating in my mind. "Alleged threat," "police investigation," "a list," "unspecified harm," "social media."

After Cleaning up the NCLB Mess, Then What?

Jack Jennings | Posted 04.16.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

After adopting legislation to sweep away NCLB's bad policy, the harder issue will be what should replace those provisions to bring about real, comprehensive improvement in American public schools? School improvement is necessary, but not for reasons commonly assumed.

We Can't Measure Teacher Performance by Student Test Scores

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Ronald A. Lindsay

Conditioning a teacher's employment or pay on their students' performance on tests ignores a critical fact: Students' educational attainment depends on many factors entirely outside an individual teacher's control, not the least of which is the student's home environment.

Opportunity Inequality: The Plight of America's Poor Kids

Frank Islam | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

We are at a critical pivot point in terms of the futures of poor kids in America. What happens over the next decade will determine many of their fates and to a certain extent that of the American dream.

Pledge of Allegiance Incident Proves We Need More Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to take control of our own lives and start thinking for ourselves. Shouldn't American citizens have the freedom to live their lives without limits as long as they're not hurting anyone else of infringing on others' rights?

Morning Joe, Success Academy, Prisons, and Kids who wet their pants

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

What is it about the American character that makes so many buy into the notion that discipline, conformity, and punishment are as important in our schools as they are in our prisons? Why do we feel the need to be so strict with other people's children in our schools?

Our Kids: Could We Just Listen to Robert Putnam's Plea to America?

Karen Gross | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Karen Gross

In America, we favor quick results and resolving the achievement gap is a several decade-long effort. We are so used to "quickness" with email and Twitter and other social media that we get distracted easily and lose focus and drive.

Education Reformers Are So Gullible

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

The thing voters need to ask themselves is: Who do they believe has the best interests of their child in mind more -- the person who interacts with them every day and is part of their local community, or the corporate CEO 500 miles away who answers to an unelected board and investors?

Teachers Have Had Enough!

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teachers are banding together like never before on Twitter and Facebook and using their voices to speak the truth about what is happening in our public schools.

Mindfulness at School: Breathe Easy, Everyone!

David Scott Clegg | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

Mindfulness practice can improve attention, intention, attitude and performance. Sounds ideal. Blissful even. A Nirvana of knowledge-builders, with a capacity for greater creativity. So what's all the fuss about?

Student Academic Success Gets Boost From Fitness and Nutrition

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

As Mrs. Obama asserted, "if we all keep pushing forward, day after day, year after year, we will finally be able to give our kids the healthy futures they so richly deserve."

You Can't Measure This

Michael Elliot | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

What matters is that the best teachers care. They inspire. They forge relationships that acknowledge that children are complex beings; they see and address students' needs and possibilities.

Kansas Schools Will Close Early This Spring For Lack Of Funds

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

Two school districts in Kansas announced this week that the academic year would end early because they lack sufficient funding to keep the schools ope...

Cheating All Around

Susan D. Blum | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Susan D. Blum

If this system of widespread and coordinated cheating has a positive outcome, it is to cast a bright light on the desperation of people trying to survive a system that punishes rather than supports struggling.

Can Hope Be Taught? New Curriculum Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

With the rise of bullying over the past several years, young people are having to grow up in an increasingly difficult world -- one full of discouragement and pain.