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Three Ways to Make a Teacher Feel Appreciated

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
Greater Good Science Center

By Jeremy Adam Smith It's Teacher Appreciation Week! That must be awesome for teachers, right? To find out, I asked some of them. "Some years I g...

Elections and Assessments -- A Citizens' View

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

In our "Bridging Differences" conversation on Education Week, Deborah Meier raised the role of "structures" in a democratic way of life in her last blog. She brings to mind my discussions with students at Lonestar Community College in Houston last week.

Federal Schools for Native American Students Are Crumbling. Here's How to Fix Them.

Rep. Betty McCollum | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Rep. Betty McCollum

Classrooms and hallways so cold children wear coats all day. Ceilings that leak year round. Buckled floors and broken doorways. A science classroom so poorly ventilated it can't be used for chemistry experiments.

How to Build an Inclusive School Community During a Divisive Election

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

A new survey of almost 2,000 U.S. teachers revealed that the 2016 presidential campaign might be having a negative impact on students' well-being and ...

Titles Don't Make Leaders

Eric Sheninger | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Eric Sheninger

I hear all the time that real change in education can only come from the adults that have a specific title such as Board of Education member, superintendent, other central office administrators, principals, supervisors, etc.

Community Schools: Much More than Wrap Around Services

Martin J. Blank | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Mary Kingston Roche, Reuben Jacobson and Martin Blank, of the Coalition for Community Schools, all contributed to this article. "Wraparound Services...

How to Be Productive on Group Assignments

Jess Ekstrom | Posted 04.28.2016 | College
Jess Ekstrom

There will always be circumstances in your life where someone doesn't pull through, so you're better off learning how to deal with it now.

7 Tips to Help Parents Survive the Final Weeks of School

Lynn Perkins | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

The end of the school year feels close, yet so far away. The final weeks of school can leave even the peppiest of us feeling apathetic and overwhelmed. Our motivation is shot.

Conversations on Democracy -- The John Dewey Society and Civic Studies

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

I've seen again and again how energized and hopeful people become when they come to see that they can actually make change and that democracy is an empowering way of life, not simply elections.

Equalize Educational Opportunity

Harold O. Levy | Posted 04.26.2016 | Education
Harold O. Levy

Being born into wealth is a lucky accident, not a mark of intelligence. Children of rich parents aren't born smarter than others. Yet parental wealth continues to be a major factor in determining if and where a child will go to college.

Building A School Fit For Introverts

Adi Gaskell | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Adi Gaskell

I remember first reading Quiet by Susan Cain on, appropriately enough, a trip to an agriturismo retreat on the Spanish island of Ibiza. Since then, s...

Syllabus for The School Of Internet Trolls

Kira Jane Buxton | Posted 04.25.2016 | Comedy
Kira Jane Buxton

Course Description The internet is much like your favorite armchair in that it has been taken over by cats and can be broken by Kim Kardashian'...

A Thank You Letter to School Nurse's Offices

Cameron Schaeffer | Posted 04.22.2016 | Comedy
Cameron Schaeffer

You know what nurse's office? I think your the reason I'll never "peak" in college. Without knowing that you can convince my divorced parents and my instructors that I HAVE to take off a day to anxiously cry myself into relief and a Netflix binge, I know I will never thrive. Dare I call you my missing security blanket?

5 Easy Ways to Show Thanks This Teacher Appreciation Day

Lauran Code | Posted 04.21.2016 | Education
Lauran Code

Growing up, I never could have imagined how large of an impact my teachers would have on my life. It surprises me to this day just how much of what they taught me is still with me.

Compassionate Communities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven grantees from Nepal to California who are working towards building compassionate communities ...

LGBTQ Kids Beg School Board For Fair Treatment

Richard Zombeck | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

The board of education had proposed a set of policies to make Michigan schools more inclusive for students, should they be adopted by the local school boards. They were developed by the State Board of Education in response to requests from school districts and parents. The ACLU statement was in response to the uproar which ensued after they were released.

The Essential Skills for Any Century

David Scott Clegg | Posted 04.14.2016 | Education
David Scott Clegg

21st century skills. Throughout the world, we are talking about 21st century skills as if these particular skills have found their place in this particular time in the evolution of humanity.

The Work and Workers of Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

We need to emphasize policies and practices that advance the work of making and sustaining democracy schools and the larger democracy. We need initiatives, like a new version of Cooperative Education, which tie liberal arts and citizenship to work experiences and also prepare students for citizenship expressed through their work in the future.

East Africa Hub: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven grantees across the globe in East Africa who are receiving seed grants that are inspiring cha...

Stop Squeezeing Your Child Into The Mold

Cecilie Aslaksen | Posted 04.12.2016 | Parents
Cecilie Aslaksen

Do you feel like you're incapable of parenting your child? At some point or another, every parent becomes doubtful about their parenting.

San Antonio Fires School Police Officer Seen Slamming Girl In Video

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.12.2016 | Latino Voices

The San Antonio school district on Monday fired a school police officer seen on a viral video body slamming a 12-year-old girl, saying his use of forc...

Whose School Project Is It Anyway?

Angie Frederickson | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Angie Frederickson

I can add this to the list of things I swore I'd never do: I did my kid's school project.

Survival 101: Thou Shalt Not Snitch

John W. Fountain | Posted 04.11.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Would someone who gave vital information to police stand more to gain, or more to lose? And if the bad guys should come for them, masked and under the cover of night, which of us could they then call? Would the cavalry arrive too late, if at all?

When You Can't Find Your Car Keys: Parenting With ADD

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Jennifer McGaha

My three children (two with ADD, one with such an intense ability to focus the rest of us sometimes find it alarming) are now all in their mid-20s. They are successful, happy adults, though whether that occurred because of my influence, or in spite of it, is unclear.

Talking Right's Not Talking White

John W. Fountain | Posted 04.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

I am aware that some things still haven't changed; that being smart or a schoolboy still ain't cool; that rude boys and gangsters still get the girl; and that the groveling, often hard-to-understand ghetto talk still embraced by one world can cripple a child in another.