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Recognizing Great High Schools By What They Actually Do

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.11.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.

When Elementary School Crushes A Child

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Amy Aves Challenger

Elementary school has fallen and shattered over our ten-year-old's mind. It has suffocated his love for learning, piled over his kindness and trust, and eroded his childhood. Today, five years after he started kindergarten, my son, my husband and I crawl about, attempting to gather and paste the pieces of school together.

Lessons From Newark: Why School Reforms Will Not Work Without Addressing Poverty

The Conversation US | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Downtown Newark is only 12 miles from lower Manhattan, but there are days when the distance seems much greater. While New York grapples with gentrification and globalization, Newark struggles -- with some signs of success -- to revive its economy.

A Copernican Revolution Needed for Democratic School Reform

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

If we see organizing as "citizen politics," the practices of diverse people negotiating differences, working together for some common good, and developing political skills in the process, it can be taken into professions, schools, colleges -- and also electoral politics and government.

Poor Kids In Chicago Have More Options For Where To Go To School, But That's Not Necessarily Good

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Long gone are the days when poor children in Chicago got trapped in failing neighborhood schools. Nowadays, families from low-income neighborhoods ar...

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Ming Holden

Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.

In Vergara's Wake, A New Role for Unions

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 08.13.2015 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

The national focus on teaching quality is gradually giving rise to the emergence of authentic opportunities for teacher leadership.

Educating for Democracy: What If All Schools Were Charter

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.07.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

I wonder what this eminent thinker would have to say about someone who not only repeats the same flawed procedure but then expands on it. That is what Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is doing by increasing the number of charter schools state-wide after turning over all the district schools in New Orleans to charter managers.

Community Schools As a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented ESEA

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.06.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

With Congress poised to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, organizations from a broad range of perspectives are claiming the civil rights mantle in promoting their visions for the new bill.

Project Fatherhood Builds On Strengths

John Thompson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
John Thompson

Urban teachers rarely hear a negative word by a student about their mother. These fathers echoed students' devotion to their mothers which serves as the "protected territory of the hearts, demilitarized zone in lives of conflict."

5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping The Education System As We Know It

Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

Education is experiencing a tech revolution. Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for paren...

Mess in Montclair, Attacks Get Personal, and 'Reformers' Place Kids Last

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The real problem is that Montclair Kids First is using Fine's emails to discredit opposition to corporate school reformer and high-stakes testing and to support their campaigns to weaken teacher unions and privatize public education.

She Fought Hawaii's New Way Of Evaluating Teachers -- And Won | Posted 07.20.2015 | Hawaii

When the Hawaii Department of Education released the details of its new teacher evaluation system three years ago, veteran teacher Mireille Ellsworth...

Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

Title I: Replace the 'Belle of the Ball'?

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why hasn't Obama, as the first African American president, more fully embraced Title I, which was so enthusiastically supported for decades by African Americans? Is this an indication of broader problems with Title I?

Long Overdue: A New Discourse on School Reform

William Slotnik | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
William Slotnik

Forging ahead requires persistence and will. It also takes collaborative leadership that moves beyond the divisive influences of ideology, money and power to focus on the needs of students and educators.

When Kids Walk Out of School, Who's Listening?

Junius Williams | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Junius Williams

The state of New Jersey is in charge and the ball is in Governor Christie's court, to act on student demands that Cami Anderson be replaced; and that school district disruption cease.

Marina Fang

Meet The Progressive Likely To Become Philadelphia's Next Mayor | Marina Fang | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

A progressive candidate for Philadelphia mayor on Tuesday won a resounding primary election victory. Jim Kenney, a veteran city councilman, beat five ...

After Cleaning up the NCLB Mess, Then What?

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

After adopting legislation to sweep away NCLB's bad policy, the harder issue will be what should replace those provisions to bring about real, comprehensive improvement in American public schools? School improvement is necessary, but not for reasons commonly assumed.

What Will Be the Legacy of Today's School 'Reforms'?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

he current "reformers" for education are simply imposing ill-conceived laws of the state and federal governments on schools as if we were a dictatorship not a democracy. Deep in my bones I know that I would not be creating science books for children if I had grown up in one of today's repressive schools.

What Early Education Can Learn from the K-12 Choice Movement

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 05.08.2015 | DC
Katharine B. Stevens

The developing early education sector can learn a lot from the long history of its K-12 counterpart.

We Have to Stop Ignoring Adverse Childhood Experiences

John Thompson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Even as the study of children's response to trauma pointed to the need to focus on the socioemotional needs of students, the test-driven school reform movement drew a line in the sand; the mention of adverse childhood experiences was dismissed as an "excuse." Top-down school reformers imposed an educational version of faith healing on schools.

New York Parents and Teachers Challenge Cuomo's Mis-Education Plan

Alan Singer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

On March 12, New York City parents, teachers, and students plan to create a "ring around" the school building at every New York City public school before the start of the school day to press demands that Cuomo's plans be stopped. NYSAPE is planning a similar statewide protest for March 26.

Cuomo and New York State Continue to Fail Minority Youth

Alan Singer | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Politicians whine. Politicians bluster. Politicians blame. New York State Governor Andy Cuomo does it with the worst of them, especially when it comes to education. It is easy to blame teachers.

Civic Agency and Executive Function: An Emerging Conversation

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Harry Boyte

A conversation is just beginning between practitioners and theorists of civic agency and scholars and educators promoting educational experiences which develop Executive Function. It may have large potential.