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Challenging Gendered Cultures in Childhood to Address School Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 11.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

One of the overwhelming findings is that kids are living in a world where sexism and sexual violence are not only normalized, but the relationship between sexism and sexual violence is deeply interconnected.

The Lost Art of the Segregated Thanksgiving Table

Alan Singer | Posted 11.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Honors, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs can be an insidious way of maintaining racial segregation in nominally desegregated public schools.

Our Chat on Improving Education

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Rep. Charles Rangel

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Fighting for Progressive Change: My Opening Remarks at the Dem Debate in Maryland's 8th Congressional District

Joel Rubin | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Here are my opening remarks to the voters of Maryland's 8th Congressional District at my first public debate since entering the race on October 5, 2015. The Democratic primary will be held on April 26, 2016 and will elect a successor to Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

Losing Essential Skills to Technology

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The internet is rife with sites that bemoan technology-induced death of skills needed for tying knots, converting pounds and ounces, knitting, identifying trees, baking bread and ironing trousers.

For Parents of Kids Who Give Up on Education

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 11.18.2015 | Education
Deborah Schoeberlein David

If your kids are giving up on learning, then its time to raise some (or some more) heat at school. Respectfully, constructively and effectively. This means go meet with the teacher, then the counselor and then the administrators.

Early Education Can Help Unlock Future Success

Byron Garrett | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Byron Garrett

As an educator, I'm always trying to keep track of the latest research and trends about how we can best help our children succeed. There are many theories about what works about motivating children to learn, what will help them develop skills of all kinds, but something that recently has been coming up a lot is that early education is the real key to students' success.

Q&A: Thomas Swalla -- President, StudyMode

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

What is StudyMode Drive? StudyMode Drive is the first 100% crowd-sourced content sharing community for specifically designed for college students.

The Illusion of Inclusion: How We Are Failing Students with Learning Disabilities

Jessica R. Toste | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Jessica R. Toste

We are now in an era where many schools endorse and embrace the goal of full inclusion for students with disabilities. And undoubtedly, inclusion is key to obtaining educational and social equity.

Leadership for the Human Age

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

We define leadership in many ways, many forms. But to what end? This is the defining question as we quest for a new era in human beings and human doings - a new age, a Human Age.

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.

8 Proven Ways to Close the Achievement Gap

Ossa Fisher | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Ossa Fisher

Close cooperation between schools, parents, and the community is one of the keys to closing achievement gaps. Parent involvement has a strong, direct impact on student achievement.

The (Reading) Circle of Life

Byron Garrett | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Byron Garrett

Of all the things we can do, reading to our young children is probably the most important way we can prioritize education and improvement in young people.

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."

The Week After the #SpringValleyHigh Incident: When a Student Won't Leave the Classroom

Franchesca Warren | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Franchesca Warren

How could we get upset with students about electronic devices when we (teachers) did not follow proper etiquette while using them?

Get Cops Out of Classrooms

Alan Singer | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Police in schools and treating African-American and Latino students as criminals is not a uniquely South Carolina phenomenon. Since 1998, security guards in New York City schools are a division of the police department.

Diversity In Picture Books

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Picture book crafting challenges me to depict life in its simplest forms. At the same time the craft is multi-dimensional. I've always enjoyed paintings which tell several stories captured in a single frame.

A Matter of Northern Pride

Celia Buckman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Celia Buckman

The momentum against the Confederate Flag and the surge in renaming of buildings of the South has yet to have reached the North, where white supremacy has historically taken, and continues to take, forms other than slavery.

WATCH: How a Bench Fosters Friendship At Schools Across the Country

HooplaHa | Posted 10.29.2015 | Good News

Being a kid can be tough. Especially if you are shy, making friends doesn't come easily. 10-year-old Christian agrees and did something to help.

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.

Obama Fails on Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The problem, of course, is the kind of instruction. What Obama and Duncan seem to miss is that as long as students, teachers, schools, districts and states are evaluated based on the high-stakes standardized tests, even if test time is reduced, curriculum will still be all about test prep.

Rethinking Restraints -- They're Not Just for Special Needs Children Like Mine

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Bonnie Zampino

I know I should have been shocked by the video of the student being thrown to the floor in a classroom in South Carolina. But I wasn't. As the mother of a child with autism, I know all about the use of restraints and seclusion.

Is This What School Safety Looks Like? Because It's Terrifying.

Nicole Kief | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Nicole Kief

What reportedly happened in that Spring Valley classroom is a prime example of the consequences of having a routine police presence in schools.

Giving Back in Malawi

Kevin Gouveia | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Kevin Gouveia

What do two navy retired vets, a chef and a dentist have in common? Their love for giving back. This month will be the eighth trip for our group from the U.S. to Malawi, lovingly known as the Warm Heart of Africa.

LGBTQ Bullying: Zero Tolerance is Not the Answer.

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Zero tolerance policies do little to solve problems of bullying in schools. They disproportionately impact the lives of LGBTQ students and students of color, and students who take action to defend themselves become punished. They make clear institutional racism, heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia.