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Understanding Your Middle Schooler: 4 Tips for Success

Smart Parents | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

Understanding those on the verge of or in the trenches of middle school can be like finishing a complex puzzle only to realize there is a single missing piece -- just when you think you have them all figured out, they pivot and leave you just as confused as you started.

Poverty Affects Education--And Our Systems Perpetuate It

Sean Slade | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Sean Slade

Poverty affects our education, our economy, and our future. It is becoming the norm, and we appear reluctant to address it. We have the steps in place to change it--and we've had these steps for over half a century. What has been waning is our will to act and our determination to succeed.

Why I Volunteered for the PTA (Even Though Everyone Told Me Not to)

Molly Shalz | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Molly Shalz

I can't believe the reactions from people when I tell them I volunteered to be the PTA President at my sons' elementary school. I mean, I didn't exactly have plans to become the president of our school's PTA.

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.

Mess in Montclair, Attacks Get Personal, and 'Reformers' Place Kids Last

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The real problem is that Montclair Kids First is using Fine's emails to discredit opposition to corporate school reformer and high-stakes testing and to support their campaigns to weaken teacher unions and privatize public education.

Fringe Benefits Challenge New York School Budgets

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.21.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

As the State Legislature debates its role in public education, employee benefits should be part of the conversation. Until these high growth rates are curbed, benefits will consume an ever greater share of school budgets, and schools will be unable to fund investments essential to improving quality and outcomes for students.

More U.S. Children Are Living In Poverty Than During The Great Recession

AP | KYLE POTTER | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfa...

Schooling Ourselves: The Opening of the American Mind

David Scott Clegg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

America, our education system needs an enema -- not literally, but in the literature, the narrative we tell ourselves. We need to rid ourselves of the waste within that has clogged up any means for open thought, and open minds.

Planning for the New School Year

Susie Wolbe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

So far away, yet right around the corner. It's only July, yet that's exactly how it seems when thinking about the upcoming school year. The summer might provide a time for some rest and relaxation, but it's also a time to make plans.

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.

The Teacher as Expert Movement

Chris Crouch | Posted 07.06.2015 | Education
Chris Crouch

As unpopular as I feel this may sound, I think we, as teachers, must recognize aspects of how we have traditionally gone about our work that has contributed to this sentiment. I see three main issues: transparency, abdication, and best v. good enough.

What Other Invasive Questions Should A Kindergarten Ask?

Devorah Blachor | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Devorah Blachor

Here's an imaginary application specifically designed to invade a woman's privacy while at the same time shaming her and making her feel as guilty as possible about her choices.

Back-to-School: The Best Predictor of Your Child Doing Well in School

Don Joseph Goewey | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Don Joseph Goewey

This month parents all over America are busy preparing their children to go back to school, but one task that's probably not on anyone's to-do list is lowering mom and dad's stress level.

"The End Game Should Not Be a Grade"

Quiet Revolution | Rebecca Woolf | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Michael Norr is the kind of teacher who gets to know his kids as individuals and communicates with them differently based on their social and academic...

How Do We Include All Kids?

Marc Joseph | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
Marc Joseph

How do we help our schools lift up the 24 percent of Americans needing the basic skills, and the other students not standing on the stage as valedictorians? One way is to volunteer your time or donate to tutor organizations that help those in need.

Taking a Stand (Literally) for Health in Schools

Sadie Barr | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Sadie Barr

Not only do standing desks in classrooms improve health outcomes, they also improve academic performance. This is like a public health professional's dream! Why aren't these everywhere?

Privatizing Primer

Peter Greene | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

There are many threads to the reformy movement in education, but perhaps the most predominant one is the push for privatization. Many folks look at education and they just see a gigantic pile of money that has previously gone untouched.

Keeping Children Fed When School Lets Out

Jilly Stephens | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Jilly Stephens

The cost of living continues to rise at a significant pace in New York City and poverty is most severe among households with children. According to the Self-Sufficiency Standard Report, 42% of all New York households do not have enough income to meet their basic needs.

How Many Public Schools Does it Cost to Bomb ISIS?

Emil Mella | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Emil Mella

We, as a human race in general, just need to take a huge 7-and-some-billion-people-dosage of the chill pill.

Chiraq and the North Shore: A Tale of Two Summers

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Lazar

Tonight summer is in the air. My sons ran to the park up the street and I am left alone, with dappled light and open windows... I pour a glass of wine and position myself in the stream of dusk blushing the living room gold.

'When Will I Ever Use This? And Why Am I Even Here?'

Mauricio Gonzalez | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Mauricio Gonzalez

I believe in CTE because it lifts up underrepresented kids and gives them a chance to rise above the poverty line. It evens out the playing field, makes middle-class jobs not only more understandable, but more democratically accessible to the common Joe on the street. And that's something worth fighting for.

I Believe in Freedom of Choice

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Parents should be able to send their children to the school of their choice, and they do; but the public should not be expected to pay for their private choices.

An Ode to a Teacher's Summer Vacation

JP Fugler | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
JP Fugler

Every June, I suffer from what I call a teacher hangover. It sticks around for about a week. There are some telltale signs that I have yet again succumbed to the condition.

The Problem With DC School Food -- as Told to DC City Council

Sadie Barr | Posted 06.03.2015 | DC
Sadie Barr

The following testimony was given on April 23, 2015 to DC Council members at the DCPS Budget Oversight Hearing open to the public. Given the deplorabl...

Dear Steph Curry: Please Don't Visit My High School

Matt Amaral | Posted 06.03.2015 | Sports
Matt Amaral

I love you. But I have to ask you to do me a solid and make sure you don't ever come visit my high school. You see, Steph, if you come to my school you will be your usual inspiring, humble self and you will say all the right things. But the reason I don't want you to come has to do with what you won't say.