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Teachers Deserve Better

Eric Sheninger | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Eric Sheninger

My message is to everyone who has and continues to bash teachers by implementing accountability structures that will do nothing to help our students succeed in life and follow their dreams.

Michigan Public School District Backs Down From Christianity Requirement

The Associated Press | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion

McBAIN, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan public school district says it's no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian after getting...

New York Parents and Teachers Challenge Cuomo's Mis-Education Plan

Alan Singer | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

On March 12, New York City parents, teachers, and students plan to create a "ring around" the school building at every New York City public school before the start of the school day to press demands that Cuomo's plans be stopped. NYSAPE is planning a similar statewide protest for March 26.

Teachers and Parents Need to Support Their Kids' Learning

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Every teacher and school leader needs the training, the tools, the time, and the trust to be able to use data to help students--and to help their parents better support their students learning. I have been fortunate to be part of a school that values and uses information. Doesn't every parent deserve that opportunity? I think so.

Cuomo and New York State Continue to Fail Minority Youth

Alan Singer | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Politicians whine. Politicians bluster. Politicians blame. New York State Governor Andy Cuomo does it with the worst of them, especially when it comes to education. It is easy to blame teachers.

The Teachers of the New York City Public Schools Need Your Help

Cora Sangree | Posted 02.27.2015 | New York
Cora Sangree

Governor Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in New York State. We want to let you know, from a teacher's perspective, the changes this law could bring to public schools -- and to our profession -- if it passes.

Answering Chairman Alexander's Two Critical Questions for Congressional Education Reauthorization

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the Senate education committee members should adopt FEA's proposals and report out an ESEA reauthorization bill that finally provides hope for America's millions of disadvantaged students.

The Difference Between Can't and Won't

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Ronnie Musgrove

Recently, a study by Education Week found that Mississippi has the worst schools in America. Mississippi ranked 51st -- behind every other state, and the District of Columbia.

Students Tell Mayor de Blasio, Turn Off the Metal Detectors!

Alan Singer | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The existence of the metal detectors is a constant irritant to the Black and Latino students who attend these schools, a repeated statement about their second-class educational citizenship, and a reminder of police repression of minority youth and the school-to-prison-pipeline that infects American society.

A Snow Day Reflection

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

A snow day makes us realize how physically interconnected we are, how much the environment matters and how much the local community matters, even in the Internet age. And as climate change happens, we are really up the creek unless we learn to adapt quickly.

The Case for Charter Accountability

Amber Arellano | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Amber Arellano

With the future of our students at risk, it's time to finally hold our charter school authorizers accountable for the public education they are providing our children.

Seven Surprising Simple Steps to Success From an Oxford Graduate

Mehdi Toozhy | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Mehdi Toozhy

Every day we hear about ways to become happier or stress-free. This person says try yoga, that person says meditate. However, as an Oxford graduate, I've learned there are simple steps to finding success in life.

Why Teens Become Terrorists and What Schools Can Do

Alan Singer | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The West has to find a way to copy and compete with groups like ISIS. It will not be through Common Core. The best way to establish a sense of membership and a sense of purpose for young people is by promoting civic activism, in schools, in communities, in municipalities, and in the broader society.

Sorting the Big Standardized Tests

Peter Greene | Posted 02.15.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Since the beginnings of the current wave of test-driven accountability, reformsters have been excited about stack ranking -- the process of sorting out items from the very best to the very worst. But you know what we still aren't sorting? The big standardized tests.

More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM

John M. Eger | Posted 02.24.2015 | Education
John M. Eger

If indeed, after a decade of studying the human brain we know the arts enhance math and science comprehension, we must begin changing the curriculum to be using the arts and art integration, namely teaching through the arts.

The Gift We Must Keep on Giving

Ed Gragert | Posted 02.12.2015 | Education
Ed Gragert

As we enter the Valentine season of giving and exchanging chocolates and messages of love, I am reminded of the most important gift that I have received in my life... the gift of an education.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 02.12.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education.

How a Student from the Non-College Track Became a Founder of Schools

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

We Americans believe in equality; therefore we believe each of us has a unique potential waiting to be realized. But only some of us excel in academics, just as some of us excel in athletics, performing arts, salesmanship and so on.

A Caution to Early Educators

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Katharine B. Stevens

It's important to remember that getting money in the budget isn't nearly enough to realize the promise of early education. How early learning programs are designed and carried out is as important as whether they're done at all.

Seven Manners Through Which Schools Are Killing Creativity

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

Schools are killing creativity. But rather than just sharing articles and liking pages, let's actually do something about it; educators, implement some of these ideas, and comment on how they go. Let's bring on the education revolution, together!

How Money Can Fix Public Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Even though the states with the high teacher union rates get better results than the states with the low rates, conservatives still pretend that unions are somehow ruining public education.

To Reimagine School, What Must We Hold On To -- and What Must We Let Go Of?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.06.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

What would it need to look like if a system of schools were truly aligned around a different set of organizing questions -- where the goal is not to standardize but to individualize, where the objective is not uniformity but uniqueness, and where the feelings "school" arouses in the majority of us are not endless shades of grey but wild and inspiring spectrums of color?

The Art of Learning by Doing

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Driven by the synergy of technological advancements and instructional innovations, simulations are rapidly gaining importance in the classroom in tech-savvy nations as robust add-ons, either as a supplement to traditional teaching methods or as a substitute for sections of the curriculum.

Learning to Teach in Residence

Karen Hunter Quartz | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
Karen Hunter Quartz

These residency schools and their master teachers would gain a reputation for excellence that would inspire young educators to intentionally embrace the teaching profession and ask each other, "Where did you do your residency?"

I'm A Transgender Teen And Which Restroom I Use Is None Of Your Business

Casey Hoke | Posted 01.29.2015 | Teen
Casey Hoke

It's one thing for a school to offer private facilities for students who identify as gender-neutral or are not comfortable using male- or female-designated facilities because of their gender identity. But to force all transgender students to do so is, in fact, a definite breach in privacy.