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"The End Game Should Not Be a Grade"

Quiet Revolution | Rebecca Woolf | Posted 07.02.2015 | 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.

Kitchen Manager Canned For Giving Poor Students Free Lunches

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.04.2015 | Education

An elementary school kitchen worker was fired by a Colorado school district after she gave free lunches to kids who didn't have the money to buy them ...

Graduating Self-Directed Learners Ready to Thrive in College

Smart Parents | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

We are in one of our favorite seasons at Summit Public Schools as college acceptances roll in for our students, and we have the opportunity as a community to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments.

How Technology Can Help Language Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 06.03.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

There is no doubt that computer aided language learning and computer mediated communication enhance teaching and learning experiences in the areas of linguistics and language intelligence.

40 Reasons Why Our Jails Are Full of Black And Poor People

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. Most of the people inside are poor and Black. Here are 40 reasons why.

It's All About the Books, About the Books, About the Books

Helen Young | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Helen Young

Like a lot of teachers Amanda Lodermeier frequently dips into her own pocket to buy materials for the fifth grade class she teaches at the Andersen U...

Turning Dreams Into Reality, CEO of DonorsChoose, Charles Best

Sara Lee Bentley | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
Sara Lee Bentley

Everyone has a "dream job" lying dormant in their hearts. Unfortunately, it's usually plagued by one negative thought: that it can't become a reality. But many people have turned their dreams into daily realities. How did they get there?

Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Lawrence Wittner

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?

New York Parents to Call for Time Out on Gov. Cuomo's Education Reforms

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Liam Robb O'Hagan

On Friday, the PTA Council in the Mamaroneck Unified School District, in suburban Westchester County, New York, is asking parents at the District's four elementary schools to stage a sit-in after morning drop off.

Powerful Life Lessons

Anastasia Gavalas | Posted 05.27.2015 | Good News
Anastasia Gavalas

A huge influence in my life growing up as a daughter of Greek immigrant parents was my elementary school crossing guard. Her name was Rosie. She was a salt-n-pepper, thick-boned, swarthy-skinned, second generation Italian-American woman with the biggest heart.

'Food Nazi' or Responsible Foreperson?

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

Several weeks ago, I led a conversation at my son's school about healthy eating. Parents, teachers, and administrators participated. After I made ...

"Wait, Mom, Are Those Police or Isis?"...

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Lazar

...asked my 9 year-old last month. Otherwise absorbed in a rousing Fifa 15 match, he looked up from the iPad when the news upstaged Isco's corner kick.

The Atlanta Cheating Scandal: Students Were the Victims, but the School System Suffers Too

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Something remarkable happened as the cheating case, which dates back to 2005, unfolded. Over the last 13 years, Atlanta students have made significant progress on another test, the widely respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), administered through the Education Department and considered the "gold standard" of educational testing in the U.S.

Two Important Test Questions

Peter Greene | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

The full range of debate about the Big Standardized Tests really comes down to answering two critical questions about the testing: Does the test collect good data? And what action is taken with the data?