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How Do We Include All Kids?

Marc Joseph | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Marc Joseph

How do we help our schools lift up the 24 percent of Americans needing the basic skills, and the other students not standing on the stage as valedictorians? One way is to volunteer your time or donate to tutor organizations that help those in need.

Design Thinking Students Co-designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

In order to inspire, motivate, and engage students in the learning experience, it is necessary to look at the world through their eyes. When adults pause and consider the world through from the students' perspective, we begin to examine their authentic needs, instead of the needs imposed upon them.

Who Wants to Teach in Arizona?

Marian Salzman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Marian Salzman

To sum up, compared with most other states, this is the prospect facing a teacher in Arizona: relatively bigger classes with fewer resources for less take-home pay.

A Catholic Schoolgirl Tells Her Side About an Outdated and Intolerant System

Unwritten | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Coming from a mostly diverse kindergarten, you are accustomed to being around all different types of kids from all different walks of life, whether you realized it or not. "Your parents had you before they were married. They're going to hell." Welcome to the life of a Catholic schoolgirl.

Beyond the Bars and Stars: School Names and the Confederacy

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

We ought to question those symbols and names that lie atop the schools that constitute the very building blocks of our society. To otherwise remain silent, means we hand a victory both to those Confederate soldiers and to those like Dylann Storm Roof who remain influenced by them today.

Taking a Stand (Literally) for Health in Schools

Sadie Barr | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Sadie Barr

Not only do standing desks in classrooms improve health outcomes, they also improve academic performance. This is like a public health professional's dream! Why aren't these everywhere?

Health Education Takes Center Stage

Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW

The Institute of Medicine reports that students in kindergarten through 12th grade get only four to six hours of nutrition education per school year. In a culture where more than a third of young Americans are obese, it's worth looking at what helps these students retain the information they need to maintain a healthy weight.

Dance Nonprofit Teaches Much More Than Dance

Amber Browning-Coyle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Amber Browning-Coyle

As the house lights slowly dim over the audience, the stage begins to glow with an electric pulse. No it is not the thousand watts of spotlights that illuminate the theatre causing the glow, but the smiles of hundreds of children taking the stage at the National Dance Institute performance of "This Land Is Our Land."

The Reason I'll Be Proud at His Graduation

Larry Bernstein | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Larry Bernstein

My son will be graduating elementary school later this week. For many parents, this type of event is s a sure fire way of bringing on nostalgia. Maybe some baby pictures will be whipped out and a series of 'remember when' conversations will ensue. I get it. I'm there too.

Congratulations, Non-Graduates

Megan Lent | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Megan Lent

I took the past year off. It was supposed to be my senior year, but apparently it wasn't. This isn't the first time I've done this; I took two quarters of freshman year off, and part of a quarter sophomore year, too.

Israeli School Unites Muslim, Jewish and Christian Students WIth Cerebral Palsy

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

In the Tel Aviv suburb of Zahala, about 150 students study at the ONN School for Special Education. The school is special in that most of the children who attend, have cerebral palsy and other degenerative diseases. The diverse student population includes Muslim, Christian, and Jewish children.


Matthew Friend | Posted 06.12.2015 | Teen
Matthew Friend

Society should attempt to focus on instilling passion in students with regards to the activities that they choose to do, instead of forcing students to master the violin and join Model UN just because the college admissions officers will like it.

Why This Politician Opposes Standardized Tests

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

I understand that there is a need for testing to pass subjects and grades. However, there is no need to have a one-size-fits-all approach. Teaching and learning are very personal and should be custom.

5 of the Top-paid University Presidents in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.12.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois tax dollars go toward funding some of the operations at the state's public colleges and universities, so taxpayers should know exactly where that money is going. This could help put that money flow into perspective: It takes the full tuition of 65 students to pay for the yearly total compensation of the highest-paid public university president in Illinois.

For My Son's Teachers -- Thanks for the Sanity!

Emily Crocker Skyrm | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Crocker Skyrm

As the end of the year approaches, I try to keep focused on what is ahead and help my son to do the same. But when he tells me he's scared about next year and that he doesn't want to go... I can't say I blame him.

An Ode to a Teacher's Summer Vacation

JP Fugler | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
JP Fugler

Every June, I suffer from what I call a teacher hangover. It sticks around for about a week. There are some telltale signs that I have yet again succumbed to the condition.

Why We Need To Do More To Retain Teachers

JP Fugler | Posted 06.03.2015 | Education
JP Fugler

I have watched fellow educators, my friends, walk into the classroom ready to take on the challenge only to walk out defeated. I am not prideful enough to assume that the same could not happen to me. It's not that teachers are looking for a reason to leave. America, we're looking for a reason to stay.

Schools Reopen In Areas Of Nepal Worst Hit By Devastating Earthquake

AP | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened Sunday. With most school bui...

3 Things Every Incoming College Freshman Should Know

Tyler Lewis | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Tyler Lewis

I just recently finished my first year at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. While I hate using cliché metaphors, I would be neglecting their typical accuracy by not comparing my first year of college to that of a roller coaster ride. There were many ups and downs, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed my first year of school.

Educating Our Children for the Common Good

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Joel Westheimer, professor of education at the University of Ottawa and education commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, unpacks important insights on schools and what happens in classrooms on a daily basis.

The (Unnecessary) Conflict Between Education and Well-Being

David Mochel | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
David Mochel

Why do we have education? What is the ultimate goal? If the point of education is not to increase the wellbeing of individuals and communities, then what is it?

'Food Nazi' or Responsible Foreperson?

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

Several weeks ago, I led a conversation at my son's school about healthy eating. Parents, teachers, and administrators participated. After I made ...

Messages From the Playground: Healing Homophobia Before it Begins and Preventing Bullying Before it Starts

Chris Tompkins | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Tompkins

Talking about shame, we are exposing it and nipping it in the bud. Having uncomfortable conversations with children at a young age doesn't put them at risk, instead, it does the opposite. It keeps them from risk.

Daniel Marans

GOP Governor's Plan To Shift Funds From Schools To Pension Turns Out To Be Illegal | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s recently announced plan to funnel $68 million meant for Maryland public schools into the state pension fund cannot be ...

Daniel Marans

Maryland Schools To Get Stiffed, Says Governor | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Thursday that he will not be releasing $68 million allocated by the state legislature for education, of which ...