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Desegregation and the Highway of Justice: How Segregated, Under-resourced Schools Are Failing Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Eric Cooper

New York City has extraordinarily segregated neighborhoods and radically unequal educational opportunities for its black children. Segregated housing patterns ensure that most black students attend poorly resourced public schools, while schools in predominantly white, wealthy neighborhoods have the resources to help children succeed.

A Thank You to the Teacher

Regan Long | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

I didn't realize the full impact I had made until I received a letter from him several years later. It was a short letter. Only a few lines, but very well may have been one of the most impacting letters I've ever received in my 31 years of life.

Why Teachers Are Real Life Superheroes

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my completely unbiased opinion, teachers are the last bastion of hope for most children in America; they have such a profound impact on the future of the world, and are in a position to influence many children.

Are You Prepared for Alabama's School Safety Plan?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 03.17.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

It wasn't that long ago that we brought you the shocker story from Alabama that school officials there put a 5-year-old girl on suicide and homicide watch after she pointed her crayon at another student and made a small gun noise. Alabama schools want you to be sure that your kids are safe!

From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education

David Scott Clegg | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

How did they do it? How did an island nation of five million people become one of the elite education systems on the planet? What is their secret, their special formula? What is the Singapore story?

Why Do We Force Students to Read Shakespeare?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.

School Bullies and Je Suis Charlie

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

I am sickened by the violence in Paris last week. I condemn the killers and mourn the deaths of the artists. But because of how I think battles for democracy and identity should be fought, I can't je-suis-proclaim my solidarity or affirm these cartoons as heroic.

Student Motivation: Focusing on Excellence

Brad L. Johnson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Brad L. Johnson

Why aren't more students motivated and why haven't we figured out how to get them motivated? The problem with motivation is not necessarily an issue with students or even with teachers as some might think.

Please Don't Be a Teacher If You're Not Going to Love Your Job

Karen Zainal | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Karen Zainal

I hope all teachers love their job. What does loving your job mean in the context of teaching? I don't mean you have to feel like sunshine and rainbows all the time, because it's obviously hard work with many ups and downs.

'School Choice' and Disenfranchising the Public

Peter Greene | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Our public school system is set up to serve the public. All the public. It is not set up to serve just parents or just students. We all depend on a society in which people are reasonably well-educated. But a "choice" system says, "No, you only get a say in how education works if you have a kid."

Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Unless lawmakers can be made to understand the critical role these and other educational professionals play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment of the students and communities they serve.

Creating Healthy Minds With First Book

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Today, 32.4 million American children go without books -- even as study after study has shown that literacy is crucial to success in school, future earning potential and the ability to contribute to the nation's economy.

We Need Schools to Be Different

Scott McLeod | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Scott McLeod

There are a lot of different things going on in schools and they're all important. But remedying the relevance disconnect between school and society is the most important educational and equity work of all.

Top-Performing Schools in Some of Illinois' Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.18.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual Report Card with ratings and summaries of stats about schools across Illinois for the 2013-2014 school year.

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

Raising a Generation of Dead-Eyed Dot-Fillers

Robin Hoffman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Robin Hoffman

Her dark eyes would squint from behind her large plastic rimmed glasses, her chin would jut out defiantly, one side of her mouth would turn up ever so slightly, and she'd simply carry on with what she wanted us to learn, to discover.

Should Altadena Pasadena Olin Academy Be Given a Chance to Formally Establish in Northwest Pasadena?

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 02.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Randy Jurado Ertll

We need a shake-up in public education. And what has helped is the competition from private schools and mushrooming of charters schools. Public school districts now have to rethink how to better educate and retain students.

I'm With Stupid: Jesus and Marijuana Chain of Offense

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Answer this question truthfully for me: Who's worse these days, people who say or write offensive stuff or the people who get really offended by it? Once upon a time, I imagine the obvious answer was the offenders, but with the way things are now, I honestly think the offended may have become the bigger problem.

Leadership Lessons for the 21st Century: Superintendents' Perspectives

Martin J. Blank | Posted 02.15.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Celebrating 50 years in the educational leadership business, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) asked practitioners from around the countr...

Think Promise Neighborhoods Before Promise Neighborhoods Were Cool

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The school's ambition is an integral part of an even bigger one -- to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty that has been endemic to its section of Atlanta.

Growing Up Green: Get on NatureTrack and Veggie Rescue for a great cause

LuxEco Living | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
LuxEco Living

It was truly a gift of nature! Standing in the beautiful vines overlooking Santa Ynez Valley at Sunset.

The Reason I Loved English Class Is the Reason My Students Hate It

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Karen Zainal

I currently teach Math. But I don't have a single student who likes their English class, and it makes me wonder why. I loved it because I happened to be an obnoxious little linguaphile. The way English classes are (often) run would surely turn off any kid who isn't one.

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.09.2015 | Technology
Jason Saltmarsh

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.

Guidance to Help Struggling Students

S. L. Young | Posted 02.08.2015 | Education
S. L. Young

This story is about the power of choice, a dream, desire, and determination to not quit --- along with an ability to overcome, to persevere, and to excel after struggling academically for many years.

Why Johnny Can't Read -- Teachers' Literacy Doesn't Make the Grade in NY

Lynda Bekore | Posted 02.08.2015 | Education
Lynda Bekore

Parents and politicians across New York and other states have been vehemently protesting the more stringent standards of the recently adopted Common Core curriculum, now enacted in 46 states.