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New Vaccination Law May Prevent Most Calif. Students From Attending School

Posted 06.26.2011 | Education

In the midst of one of the worst whooping cough epidemics our country has seen in half a century, the majority of California's schoolchildren may not ...

Games and Learning: Teaching as Designing

James Gee | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
James Gee

What I have always found interesting about video games is how they "teach." The method they use can be implemented with or without games.

Unique After School Drama Program For Marginalized Schools Inspires Students

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact

Julia Kamin, a self-diagnosed theatre geek in her teenage years, never really anticipated how much her own interests would impact kids in need. "I ...

Joy Resmovits

New Chicago Schools Chief Offers Two Different School Leadership Models | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.18.2011 | Education

Correction appended. Monday morning, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment of Jean-Claude Brizard, currently the superintendent of t...

Assessment Drives Learning: How to Drive to a New Place

James Gee | Posted 06.18.2011 | Education
James Gee

We will never get a new paradigm of learning in our schools unless we change our assessment system. Assessment, especially when coupled with accountability, drives how we teach and learn.

Measuring Creativity in California and the Nation

John M. Eger | Posted 06.15.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

An "Index of Creative and Innovative Education" will demonstrate California's commitment to lead and to raise the bar in preparing its students to be successful in California's creative economy.

A Pep Rally For Tests? What We Need Is A 'Prep' Rally

Will Richardson | Posted 06.15.2011 | Education
Will Richardson

It's not the test that parents and kids should fear. It's the loss of real learning that these kinds of assessments cost them.

SHSAT Is the Golden Ticket

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.13.2011 | College
Alex Mallory

For many students in New York City, the less well-known high school exam, the SHSAT, may be the most important standardized test of their academic careers.

Well After Civil War, Color Line Still Divides

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

When Dr. King spoke in Washington in 1963, he spoke of the need for America to honor its promise of equality. We issue this same demand to our Congress and the administration today.

Teachers, 'If Not Now, When? If Not You, Who?'

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

I remain convinced that teachers and administrators are in the most vulnerable of positions during this destructive reform movement based on high-stakes testing and so called accountability.

The Time Is Right to End "Zero Tolerance" in Schools

Gara LaMarche | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Gara LaMarche

It is too early to know whether the current wave of school reforms will lead to lasting improvements in student achievement. But it is not too early to note that many of these reforms have a troubling consequence.

One Teacher's Vision To Save American Education

Randy Turner | Posted 06.10.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Why do teachers remain impotent on the sidelines while legislators with no idea of what goes in a classroom are making decisions that affect the lives of millions of American children?

Learning How to Be Creative Can Be Expensive in New York City

John M. Eger | Posted 06.08.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

How can we make the schools popping up around the nation that focus on creativity and innovation affordable?

I Was Asked To Change Students' Grades

Pamela Kripke | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education
Pamela Kripke

The day after I submit grades, I get a visit from the assistant principal. She walks in with a stack of forms. "You're going to have to change all of the failing grades to passing," she says.

March Madness and a Common Curriculum

Peter Meyer | Posted 06.05.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

This is the state of American education: we keep talking about playing the game, how to score it, the dimensions of the court, the uniform colors of the referees -- but we don't play the game.

When It Comes to Teaching, Who Needs Experience?

Randy Turner | Posted 06.04.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

In Missouri, a bill has been proposed which would eliminate tenure and the due process it guarantees and allow administrators and school boards to fire teachers with or without reason.

Cyberschools, Cyberlearning Integral to Education's Future

John M. Eger | Posted 06.04.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Unless we use technology to reinvent our current systems of education, we will suffer as more and more people are left behind the learning curve, and left behind the mainstream of world economic development.

School Vouchers Under The Microscope: Do They Really Improve Student Achievement?

Posted 06.01.2011 | Education

The Milwaukee School Choice Program, which was not only the first but also the largest school voucher program in the country, has fallen under fire af...

Rallying 1 Million Volunteers To Help American Schools

Posted 06.01.2011 | Education

American schools need help. Unfortunately, that's no April Fools' joke. On April 1, United Way launched a campaign to rally 1 million volunteers to g...

House Votes To Reinstate D.C. School Vouchers

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to reinstate school vouchers for District of Columbia students, reviving the only...

Take Action for Safer Schools

Ari Solomon | Posted 05.30.2011 | Education
Ari Solomon

On March 8, Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), S. 506.

Educational Technology Breakthrough: Let Kids Teach Each Other

Larry MacDonald | Posted 05.29.2011 | Education
Larry MacDonald

In this budget cutting environment, a vast, valuable resource has been overlooked in the quest to reduce the cost of education: the kids.

Education Reform -- Getting Personal

Katherine Ellison | Posted 05.29.2011 | Education
Katherine Ellison

School of One's philosophy -- now running in a limited form at three Manhattan middle schools -- is to customize learning for each student, so that no one is held back, nor pushed forward.

Social Media In The Classroom: Friend or Foe?

Posted 05.27.2011 | Education

In this digital world, opportunities for education are available like never before. Though teachers using online tools are empowering students take pa...

Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul and Those Evil Public Schoolteachers

Randy Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

If we were as powerful as these Tea Party dandies would have you believe, we would probably not be used as a convenient whipping boy for politicians who could have used some time in our classrooms