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Bad Bills Hamper Teacher Effectiveness

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Educators are more than happy to take personal responsibility for their actions. What they aren't willing to do is take the fall for the failure of legislators and parents which is exactly what this legislation makes them do.

Body Parts and Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those of us hoping for health need our kids as much as they need us. In unity there is strength, after all. A family that eats well together has no junk food in the house in the first place.

New Orleans Is Now an All-Charter City -- Is That a Good Thing?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 08.03.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

How choice feels depends on where you live, and how high (or low) the levels of trust, transparency, and cross-sector collaboration are in those communities. Period.

Time for a Seismic Shift in How We Prepare and Support Teachers

Ellen Moir | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Ellen Moir

No matter our views on education reform, there are some things we can all agree on. We need an education system that empowers our students and teachers to make this possible -- and we are not there yet.

Where Does Dance Live In Our Society?

Luna Dance Institute | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Luna Dance Institute

As humans we are compelled to create, to play, to love and to communicate through movement -- after all, gesture was our first language. Dance gives us life and brings us joy and hope.

Institutionalized Bias and the Exclusion of Divorced Dads

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 07.27.2014 | Divorce
Elizabeth Denham

It is an institutional problem and it is up to the fathers, the mothers and the schools to begin a conversation about how to improve this problem. I recognize putting responsibility on the school districts adds a burden, however, with a 50 percent divorce rate, this subject must be addressed.

Muslim Is the New Catholic

Khurram Dara | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not.

Adventures in Instructional Coaching: It's Time to Teach

Franchesca Warren | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Working as an Instructional Coach is a delicate balance of learning how to balance being a coach who frequently talks teachers "off the ledge" and not losing your teaching credibility.

A Commonsense Solution to School Inequality

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 07.26.2014 | Education
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

Neighborhoods no longer serve as Americans' primary social networks or source of friends and advisers. More and more, these aspects of life are becoming part of the workplace; offices have even been called the new neighborhood.

Life 101: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Brad Wheelis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Wheelis

The key is to acknowledge the fear and move forward. I knew it would be a tough day at school, but I also knew I'd get through it and eventually I'd have new friends. I knew I'd get through that job interview and either get the position or land another somewhere else.

Public Schools' New Evangelical Mission

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

The financial struggles of Detroit and its schools are well-known -- yet hardly an isolated case. Schools are facing short funds and long odds in innumerable cities across the country and, frankly, can use all the help they can get.

Schools for Sustainability Welcomes (SuperMOM and Permaculture Expert) Melissa Miles, Environmental Biologist, to their Team

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Some women have it all, leaving us wondering, "How DOES she do it?" Melissa Miles is no exception.

California, 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation celebrates the 1954 Supreme Court landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, California is confronting its own troubling education reality.

Create Time for Teacher Appreciation and Validation Meetings

Calee Prindle | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Calee Prindle

Teacher appreciation and validation is typically minimal and short. It usually comes during a faculty meeting in a 60-seconds or less "shout out" or in a quick conversation passing by in the hallway or standing in line for the copier.

Brown, Economic Inequality and the Absolute Necessity of Public Schools

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Norma Cook Everist

We see once again closing of public schools. Although the "appearance is race neutral," the reality is not, Attorney General Eric Holder has noted.

60 Years After Brown v. Board, America's School Boards Call for Vigilance

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

We must stay focused on investing equitably in our public schools and students, and we must not be diverted by programs that have the effect of re-segregating America's public education system.

On Brown's Birthday, A Return to the Table of Brotherhood

Becky O’Neill | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Becky O’Neill

Sixty years later, we must ask the question: Does the pursuit of school integration have a place on our 21st century agenda? For many, the short answer is no.

Wisconsin Senate Blind-Sided By the Department of Public Instruction

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Nearly three years later, just yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate finally caught wind of the investigation through the media, and decided to inquire further.

Gay Monk's Open Letter to the Supreme Court of the United States

Soul Dancer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Soul Dancer

As we approach the Supreme Court of the Unites States (SCOTUS) one-year anniversary of Windsor v. United States ruling, do we celebrate or mourn thi...

A Tale of Two Kindergartens -- Well, Three Now That I Think About It

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In conversations about education, there is a lot of talk about "higher expectations," and it isn't always clear what that means. But in the last few ...

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

My Journey Into the Spotlight

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

Why did I write the letter if all of these things are true? Because over the past eleven years, I have been more and more concerned over the 15-20 percent of students who have given up on their education.

My Wish List for Teachers

Jen Hatmaker | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Jen Hatmaker

I wish I could skip into your classrooms and make it rain cash money, travel vouchers, solid gold trophies, and confetti made out of the STAAR test you just endured.

Public School Apartheid in Harlem

Allison Fine | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Allison Fine

At some point, we tacitly consented to the notion that providing only 20 percent of the children in Harlem, those that win the lottery and go to charter schools, with adequate teachers, equipment and food, is a morally acceptable public policy.

5 Reasons Teachers Are Overpaid

The Second City Network | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

I am shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to hear people advocating for higher salaries for American educators. Financial success and teachers go together like polar bears and ice: they desperately need it, and it's not like they're running out.