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Dreaming Big in Public School

Dao-Yi Chow | Posted 07.22.2013 | New York
Dao-Yi Chow

I didn't realize it back then, but going to public school in New York City set the direction for what I am doing now. The music I listened to and heard all around me dictated my world.

Can Parents Save American Education?

Jean Johnson | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Jean Johnson

Most American parents readily agree with the premise that parents are a crucial ingredient in a child's educational success. But what exactly do we mean by "parental involvement"?

Karate Kids

Samantha McGarry | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

There is, to quote the dojo that teaches our kids, "so much more to karate than learning to kick and punch."

Take a Stand During 'Michigan Week'

Lisa Diggs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

Together, we are revitalizing Michigan's economy one product, one purchase, one person at a time. Join in the fun and make a difference this Michigan Week.

Report: Some CPS Schools On Closing List Might Be Spared

Posted 05.18.2013 | Chicago

Story by Mark Konkol, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: CHICAGO — Some Chicago Public Schools slated to close this fall as part of the largest school con...

Two Languages for Every Child

Andrew Cotto | Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents
Andrew Cotto

America, as a country, would be wise to implement languages in the curriculum as early as Pre-K in public schools.

Survey Says: Education Is Key to Strong Communities

Kate Markin Coleman | Posted 07.10.2013 | DC
Kate Markin Coleman

Americans handed their communities a grade earlier this year and the results were mixed. Most communities are earning a passing grade, but no one will be putting their report cards on the fridge.

All for One

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One after another of these young people talked about finding not just a community of understanding at Mindstream, but a new family. They reported finding confidence they never had, self-esteem they had lost. They found self-respect, and purpose, and passion.

Schools Take On New Roles In Struggling Communities

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WAR, W.Va. — When school started this fall in this sparsely populated rural area at West Virginia's southern tip, 1 of 7 classrooms was without ...

Common Core State Standards: Get It Right

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dennis Van Roekel

When kids first learn to cross the street, we tell them to stop, look both ways and assess the traffic before they proceed. Similarly, when it comes to decisions affecting the education of millions of our nation's public school students, we should exercise the same common sense.

Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Dennis Van Roekel

A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.

Five Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Help Students

Darrell West | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Darrell West

Technology has failed to transform our schools because the education governance system insulates them from the disruptions that technology creates in other organizations.

The Neglected Purpose of Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
Jack Jennings

Civic education has been the traditional means of teaching students about democracy. Students learn about the role of government in American society, what good citizenship means, which skills are needed to be good citizens, and how to promote toleration and respect for others.

Into Darkness: The Texas Legislature Winds Down

James Golsan | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
James Golsan

The one thing this series of suits and finance formula rewrites has produced through the years is perpetual dissatisfaction in the education community. We have tinkered with, but never fundamentally altered, the way the Texas education system operates.

Redesigning the School Cafeteria

EF Education First | Posted 07.02.2013 | Green
EF Education First

By Philip Kuong, High School Sophomore, The Bromfield School Food. A necessity of life which comes in both unhealthy and healthy forms. Seriously ov...

Rhode Island Equality, Breakthrough NY and 20th Street Park on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week, we started out with an update from Cathy Marino-Thomas, President of Marriage Equality USA, about the recent win in Rhode Island and debates in Nevada and elsewhere.

Dadmissions: The New Boogieman

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 06.29.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I asked her what the kids do if Mr PC comes. Someone gets on the loud speaker and warns everyone that Mr. PC is there. She said they then lock the doors, turn off the lights and hide. They practice to prepare. She said the drills can be scary,

My Memories of Wonder Woman

Raquel Regalado | Posted 06.27.2013 | Miami
Raquel Regalado

It is not enough that we provide students with access to technology. We also need to teach them how the technology works. We need to foster curiosity about the devices that are shaping their generation.

The Stubborn Insistence That the Common Core Is NOT a Curriculum

Shaun Johnson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

We can call the CCSS the Common Core State Benchmarks, Guidelines, Requirements, or Ensigns for all I care. But this does not eliminate the fundamental truth that the CCSS is a curriculum. And like many iterations of curriculum, it is sullied by the ideologies and personal ambitions of its architects.

Why Don't Schools Embrace Good Ideas?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

The leader of any organization knows that part of his or her job is to look for better ways to do things and to stay current on trends in the field. We should expect no less from our school leaders.

Teaching in Prison's Shadow

Sally Lee | Posted 06.24.2013 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

"School-to-prison pipeline" is a phrase that describes a set of policies and practices that push young people out of public schools and into the criminal justice system. It is a kind of shorthand that activists use to refer to places where schools are linked to the merciless tendrils of the prison system.

College Decision Time: Preparing Low-Income Students for Higher Education

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.23.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

College preparation should start earlier and should address the material barriers -- students need to see the whole college puzzle, not just the pieces for their application.

The Gorilla Speaks: It's Time to Change the Conversation About Public Education

Nancy Letts | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
Nancy Letts

Instead of pitting public schools against charters and vouchers, we've all got to take an unvarnished look at the gorilla in the room: poverty.

Minimum Amount of Grades Per Week? Good in Theory, Often Bad in Practice

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Andrew K. Miller

An arbitrary number is not going to support student achievement and teacher practice; focus on a best practice is. Instead of focusing on quantity of assessments, let's focus on quality of assessment practices.

Millenials, Baby Boomers, and Why You Should Get Involved: Celebrating National Volunteering Week

Michael Haberman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Michael Haberman

Volunteering represents one of the noblest values that we have as a culture. And if we as individuals and as businesses can make volunteering more visible, our children will be more likely to take up our mantle and continue our important work.