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Innovative Enrollment Initiative Gives Students Real Choice

Mashea Ashton | Posted 03.09.2014 | Education
Mashea Ashton

Under universal enrollment, parents will simply fill out a single application to rank their top public district or charter school choices.

Prioritizing Student Data Privacy in the Cloud and Beyond

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 03.09.2014 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

All of us in education must do more to make sure that we are transparent -- especially with parents -- about what data are collected, who has access to them, how they are used and what efforts are undertaken to protect privacy and keep the data secure.

Reinventing the One-room Schoolhouse

Rob Furman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

The amazing thing to me about the one-room schoolhouse is that there was only one teacher in the room teaching multiple grade levels and multiple skill levels, all at the same time. Does this sound familiar? Today we call it differentiating instruction.

Transforming Not Just a School But a Community

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.24.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Back in 2005, I visited Atlanta's truly astonishing Centennial Place Elementary School. Serving a student body of mostly poor African American student...

Goodbye Mayor Mike, Hello Bill and Carmen

Alan Singer | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

Will de Blasio/Fariña schools be substantially different from Bloomberg/Klein/Walcott schools? As Randy Newman sings in the opening to every show in the Monk detective series, "I may be wrong now, but I don't think so!"

Twelve Tips All Educators Must Know About Educating African American and Latino Students

Quassan Castro | Posted 03.05.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

If you do not understand the population of students you teach, your success in the classroom can be greatly minimized.

Still a Terrifying Way to Discipline Children: One Year Later

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 02.22.2014 | Education
Bill Lichtenstein

One year ago, I wrote an article for the New York Times exposing the use of physical restraints and isolation rooms with students in schools across th...

Republican Steams Over Sex Ed Program For Promoting Homosexuality

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Nanea Kalani | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

A state lawmaker suing the state for legalizing same-sex marriages says a controversial sex education program being taught in some public schools is i...

Are Current School Reforms Imperiling Long-Term Gains?

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?

How Do You Get A Job After A Revolution?

Ibrahim Sobhi | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Ibrahim Sobhi

I am Ibrahim Sobhi, 24 years old, born in a city in the middle delta of Egypt called ElSanta.

Joy Resmovits

Why City Students' Test Scores 'Should Concern Everyone'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

Students in America's largest cities are scoring higher on math and reading exams, but still perform well below the national average, according to a n...

Promise Neighborhoods: Will They Work?

Kyle Hutzler | Posted 02.17.2014 | Education
Kyle Hutzler

It is too early to say that the concept itself works. In many ways, this is all beside the point. The question is much more than whether Promise Neighborhoods will work or not, it's whether the success will be large enough to matter.

The End of Childhood in the Era of the Emerging American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
John W. Whitehead

It wouldn't be a week in America without another slew of children being punished for childish behavior under the regime of zero tolerance which plagues our nation's schools. Here are some of the latest incidents.

The Pros and Cons of Schools Using the Cloud

Morgan Reed | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Morgan Reed

Researchers discovered that schools are often unaware of third party contractors' use of student data. In many cases, school contracts with online service providers lack clear guidance for safeguarding this information as required under federal law.

Teachers Seek to 'Reclaim' Education

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.13.2014 | Education
Michelle Chen

After years of being backed into a corner, on Monday public-school teachers stood up in defiance against what they see as their chief bully--budget-sl...

Carpool Conundrum

Amy Lord | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Amy Lord

Pickup was uneventful as the children got in the car chatting away about a child who was sent to detention for calling a teacher mean. It was a typical day until "it" happened.

'School Reform': They Wouldn't Do This to White Kids

John Owens | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
John Owens

That this middle/high school consisted of nothing more than a bunch of classrooms on the third floor of an old elementary school, set between a hospital and a jail, only underscored its single-minded, academic focus.

What You Should Know About Some of the Most Vulnerable Children in America

Robert Piper | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Robert Piper

America is a country home to some of the most successful people in the world. This is a country that put a man on the moon... why can't we solve the hunger epidemic in America? America has the resources to solve this problem.

Teaching Children How to Navigate Failure

Sarah Walton | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Walton

My job is to work myself out of a job. To teach my kids not to need me. And as much as that doesn't sound fun, I know it's the best thing I can do for them.

The Illiteracy rate: A serious problem for many, political hackery for others

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.27.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

My colleague Gary Wolfram asked an important question recently - "Why are 47 percent of the adult population of Detroit functionally illiterate?" Whil...

Being Good for Goodness' Sake: Why Operation Christmas Child Is Wrong

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Rather than giving because it's the right thing to do, these charities give aid in exchange for religious conversion.

3 Ways Community Activists Could Make Education Better

Chris Crouch | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

Teachers that are maximizing the time spent with students to bridge learning gaps and scaffold instruction for skill acquisition would greatly benefit from these partnerships and so would our students.

360 Degree, 24/7 Professional Development... Done With Curation and Social Media

Rob Furman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

So what can we do to bridge the summer gap? How do you create an environment that has continual professional learning for teachers? How do you get the best research to them year-round? How do you find the best research?

Don't Give Up on MOOCs

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel

Sebastian Thrun's mid-course correction of Udacity, as chronicled at length in last week's Fast Company profile by Max Chafkin, has stirred consternat...

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.