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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 10.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...

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 10.20.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some teachers in states that have adopted the Common Core are expressing apprehension about their readiness to teach to the new standards, dismay at t...

5 Ways to Teach About Michael Brown and Ferguson in the New School Year

Christopher Emdin | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Over the last few weeks students have been inundated with news on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. These updates are shaping the ways that youth make sense of media, the police, their lives, and their future. For this reason it is imperative that teachers find a way to bring this issue into the classroom.

How The Common Core Lost Teacher Support

Peter Greene | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The Common Core lost teacher support because so many teachers spent the year face to face with it, looking it right in its beady little eyes. They don't love it because they know it so well.

What Should Parents Expect in the New School Year?

Jack Jennings | Posted 10.19.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

Teachers have been preparing to use different material and ways of instruction in reading/English language arts and mathematics. Kids may come home with homework that looks different than last year, and certainly different than when parents attended school.

A Community of Problem Solvers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Race and the Soul of the Country -- An Open Letter to People of Faith

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, I write a letter from the jailhouse of race. This jail has no visible walls, but there are walls nonetheless. If we do not rise up against them and tear them down, we will remain trapped and afraid.

An Open Message to the Teachers of Ferguson

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Is anyone writing to you, teachers of Ferguson? Is anyone thinking about how you are sleeping, what you are telling your own children, and how you are going to greet a new group of students in the morning? I hope so.

Duncan Funnels Millions To College Board

Peter Greene | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

What do low-income students get out of this? A chance to take an AP test. Not, mind you, more resources to get ready for it, nor do they get help with actually going to a college after taking the test (which may or may not give them any help once they get in).

Open Data: Going Beyond Solving Problems to Making the Impossible Possible

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

For the past year and a half, my cofounders and team have focused on what it will take to use, interact and learn from data being produced within the civic sector.

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Up the Down Staircase

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The recent news that Bel Kaufman died at the age of 103 prompted me to reread her classic tale of a young teacher, fresh from her master's in English ...

Schools Need to Work Better for Kids than Adults

Eric Sheninger | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

The world is changing, but many schools are not. Are the needs of our learners being met, and will they be prepared to succeed in this world?