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Where it all started: Engelhard Elementary School

Northwestern University Dance Marathon | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Northwestern University Dance Marathon

Fridays are usually the better-attended days at Engelhard Elementary School. Before the final bell rings for the weekend, students line up and walk ...

Sleep Is Fundamental to Effective Education Reform

Sharon Peaslee | Posted 02.12.2016 | Education
Sharon Peaslee

There's a far more fundamental need that we continue to overlook and that is SLEEP. Most teens go to school sleep deprived. They frequently skip the first period because it's too early, or doze throughout the day.

24 Websites to Offer Coding at School

Tom Ostapchuk | Posted 02.12.2016 | Education
Tom Ostapchuk

Computer science (CS) education faces a crisis. The White House calls computer science "an economic and social imperative for the next generation of American students." Yet only 1 in 4 elementary and high schools teach programming.

The "No Teacher Left Behind Act"

Tom Ostapchuk | Posted 02.11.2016 | Education
Tom Ostapchuk

The Every Student Succeeds Act may bring a breath of fresh air to teachers that need it most.

Let's Teach Children That Politics Isn't Warfare

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Today people think "politics" is a kind of warfare, funded by the superrich, revolving around parties, politicians, and professionals as detached experts. Citizens need to reclaim politics as the way to negotiate differences to get something done and work out how to live together.

Words - the other side of autism

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

The alarm goes off by my bed at 5:45 a.m. I don't have to get up quite that early to get ready for work. But I do so I can have an hour of quiet to ...

From Complaining to Helping

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.10.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

Higher education has a bone to pick with public schools. Too many high school graduates entering colleges and universities are not prepared for post-s...

Yes, I Will Continue To Wear My Pajamas To School Drop-Off

Mommy Nearest | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Isn't the fact that my daughter got to school prepared and on time the most important thing?

Swearing an Oath -- Part 2: The Kristallnacht of American Public Education

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.09.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?

What Is the Purpose of Education?

Alan Singer | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

If appointed by the State Legislature to the Board of Regents, I will use my position as a platform to organize the people of New York to fight for social justice for children, in schools, and in society as a whole.

Asking Our Way to Education Solutions

Byron Garrett | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

These are challenging times and I think we can all agree that there should be more hours in the day. Work, commuting, errands, cooking, staying on top...

It Is Time To Eliminate Offensive Terms about People With Disabilities

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

Integrating people with disabilities requires not only strictly enforcing the ADA but also changing the perception of those with disabilities. This begins with changing our language.

Swearing an Oath -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.31.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Since taking their oath, many governors have begun to close public schools. By violating their oath in so public a manner, they have shown that perjuring themselves means nothing to them, as does the fact that their first act in office was an act of perjury.

More Options, More Opportunity

Shavar Jeffries | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

As we celebrate National School Choice Week, I can't help but think of how a single choice changed the course my life and how differently things would...

Teaching Math Every Day

Byron Garrett | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

My colleagues who work in education policy spend a lot of time thinking about how we can create children ready and able to compete in the global workforce. One of the best ways we can do this is to focus energy into ensuring our children receive a full education in math.

New York Alliance Condemns Cuomo Mis-Education Budget

Alan Singer | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The New York State Alliance for Quality Education( AQE) condemns Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed education budget as "woefully inadequate." Cuomo req...

Help Wanted: 40 Percent of School Principals in Chicago May Be About to Quit

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

If a study showed that 40 percent of the leading doctors in Chicago planned to quit their jobs within the next three years and another 20 percent of...

Ted Cruz's Assault on D.C.'s Local Laws Reveals His Hypocrisy

Danielle Higgins | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

If there is one thing that we can all agree on about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), it is that he is a staunch advocate of state rights and local control. But his belief in local control over local affairs clearly does not extend to those who actually live in Washington, D.C.

7 Things Kids Will Only Learn Through Travel

Inga Batur | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Inga Batur

Only travel will help them understand and value the lessons learned. So, take them beyond the stuffy classrooms and show them the world.

Battle to Reshape Education in New York State

Alan Singer | Posted 01.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

By placing metal detectors in minority schools our society conveys to students that education officials see them as threats who cannot be trusted. I strongly object to this. It is also important to note that airports authorities screen everyone, not just selected individuals.

Stand with Kids, Not with Snyder

Paul Ruth | Posted 01.22.2016 | Detroit
Paul Ruth

One of the duties of government is to protect citizens when they cannot protect themselves. Parental obligation is dependent on the trust of government to share their concern over child safety and development.

A Strong Voice from the Classroom

Jack Jennings | Posted 01.22.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

John Thompson is a truth-teller. A Teacher's Tale, his new book, honestly addresses the toughest issue in American education--how to improve urban schools impacted by concentrations of poor children.

Watching Recess Go to Pieces

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

As kids turn to couch potatoes in this Golden age of TV, and with the popularity of Netflix, iPods and iPads, we should be encouraging fresh air and exercise as much as we can. I really hate watching recess go to pieces.

Surprise! White People Don't Really Care About School Diversity

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.21.2016 | Black Voices

Last century, white parents from Arkansas to Boston vigorously opposed the integration of local schools. Today, most white Americans still do not sup...

I Salute My Bullies for Rejecting Me and Leading Me to Success

Clementine Bihiga | Posted 01.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Clementine Bihiga

Yes, I was bullied in high school! And yes, that bullying led me to being authentic and using the factors that lead to me being bullied to be a succ...