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Getting the Most Out of Classroom Observations

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

By following these suggestions, principals can set a more positive, focused and goal-oriented tone to the observation process. The result will be happier teachers and genuine sense of fulfillment, knowing that you are satisfying one of the most important tasks in your role as instructional leader.

Why Asian Education Is Better, and Why It Is Not

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

Everywhere I go these days it seems I'm faced with the same question: what is wrong with America's education system? The query is usually followed with a defining statement that Asian students are 'kicking our butts' on the international exams. But are they correct?

Wheels: How We Teach Latino Inferiority in Schools

John Paul Brammer | Posted 11.04.2014 | Latino Voices
John Paul Brammer

European history, it was clear, is living history. When it finally came time to learn about the ancient Mesoamerican cultures, I learned instead was what they didn't do. It began with their non-invention of the wheel.

The Miseducation of the Masses

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

We are doing a huge disservice to the education of our nation's children, when the focus must be placed on how to take tests and how to score well on them, rather than on developing skills and deep content knowledge in a variety of subjects.

25 of Illinois' Top School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.03.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Kids all across Illinois are headed back to school, but some students will be enrolled in schools that are in school districts that are considered better than others.

Exercising Restraint in Schools

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 11.02.2014 | Education
Bill Lichtenstein

The controversy surrounding the use of physical restraints and seclusion rooms in schools has exploded and resonated across the country from Hawaii to Massachusetts.

Reframing the Debate Over the Pledge of Allegiance: Make God Optional

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Battles over the Pledge have resulted in multiple acrimonious lawsuits and disputes, with no change to the law, only increasing resentment and hostility on both sides of the dispute. It's time to reframe the debate.

Celebrity Field Trip

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.02.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

Oscar Wilde once said "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught." As an educator, I don't entirely agree with this quote, but there are many truths to it.

Michelle Rhee and the High Price of Education Leadership

TNTP | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
TNTP

By David Keeling The gleeful response from Michelle Rhee’s critics to the news that she would be stepping down from her role as CEO of Stud...

Will a Florida County's Bold Decision to Opt Out of State Testing Catch Fire?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Imagine schools where children were tested every three or four years, at transition points, as in the world's top-performing nations. Imagine schools where teachers wrote their own tests and used their professional judgment.

Want To Be Invited Into You? A Pre-Labor Day Meditation

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

Mostly, this time of the year is a liminal space between here and there, then and now and you and me. Want to rewire, recalibrate and reinvent the next unfolding moment of the Truth of You and your own breath, your way? This is your invitation to entrain to new weather, time, space and commitments.

Obesity on the Nile

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Should we know whether or not our kids, or ourselves, are overweight? Of course, just as we should know -- before a mechanical calamity -- that the oil in our car needs changing, or our tire pressure is low.

Back to School in the '70s: Catholic School Revisited

Tom Cramer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Ms. Woods' eyes lit up -- she had her first victim. All I can say is that it takes longer than you'd expect to get the taste of soap out of your mouth.

What Brand Is Your School?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Students, as you return to school this September, remember that the most important brand in your wardrobe is the brand of your school. Welcome back!

What's Next? 5-Year-Olds with RPGs?

David Fagin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
David Fagin

Like many kids in the late '70s/early '80s, I attended summer camp in the Catskills. One of the activities for our group -- a group of about 20 rambunctious boys of 11-12 year-olds -- was Riflery.

The Public View of Public Schools: Are the Nation's Policymakers Listening?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

This year's PDK/Gallup poll elicited Americans' opinions on a wide array of education topics, including Common Core State Standards, student standardized testing, international comparisons, school choice, and school governance issues.

How a Change in Schools Transformed My ADHD Son's Educational Path

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Dean Dauphinais

If you have a child who struggles in public school because of a learning difference, please don't give up. Explore other options. Find an alternative school that will recognize your child's potential, maximize it, and allow them to achieve great things.

Teach Kids to Recognize Emotions

Daniel Goleman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Daniel Goleman

Turning our attention to our mental state -- otherwise known as self-awareness -- allows us to manage ourselves well, even when rocked by disturbing feelings. This is a skill that helps children become better learners.

A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

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Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

Tips And Tricks To Get Ready For 'Back to School'

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Most K-12 schools are back in session (in the U.S.) over the next few weeks. It is time to prepare to get back into the routine and get things in orde...

10 Great Options If You Didn't Get the College Course You Wanted

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Ruairí McKiernan

Didn't get that college place you wanted? Don't stress, you have options, lots of them. Now might not be the right time for college, and you may need more time to figure out what you want to do.

An Interview With Dr. Yohuru Williams on Corporate Education Reform: 'We Aren't Buying It."

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

As millions of teachers and students head back to school in the upcoming weeks, Dr. Williams wanted to inspire public educators, despite the many hardships they face, to find a way to become more involved, on the activist front, in this war on public education.

Education, Education, Education and the Role We Play in Its Unfolding

David Scott Clegg | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

I am an educator. This is true. Education has been where my passion has met with purpose for nearly a quarter century. I am an educator. And so are you.

I'm Going to Say Half-full This Time

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

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