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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Education Isn't Actually Sex Education

David Pakman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

California Judge Donald Black recently ruled that Clovis Unified School District's curriculum, which was abstinence-only-focused, was not really sex education, not meeting the state's own guidelines. Further, he found that it was providing medically inaccurate information. Unsurprisingly, the curriculum was also touting anti-gay "traditional family" propaganda.

Food Revolution: Think Outside the (Lunch) Box

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

If we can have nut-free schools, we can have junk-free schools. Our nation's schools should be places committed to nurturing bodies and minds, and not teaching lessons destructive to building strong and healthy children.

Obsession With Confined Space

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marwa Azab

Why are we so fascinated with walls? Tall, thick and soundproof? For the longest time, isolation has been a method of shunning a person who has tran...

A Novel Solution to America's 'History Deficit'

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

But when you go beyond such video anecdotes and learn how much or how little Americans generally know about our own past, you'll probably stop laughing.

Chicago Public Schools Fast Facts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.12.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Using the latest available data from CPS, Illinois Report Card and the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, check out these fast facts about CPS.

Cheap, Distance Learning Alternatives to an MFA in Creative Writing

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
Michael Ernest Sweet

I've known for the past year of so that I would have a special opportunity coming up in my life. Namely, time away from work to do something for mys...

Make Like A Sponge!

Lillian Sims | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I always had the feeling that she might have easily been a great writer or leader in any field, but somehow decided to stay in the same classroom for as many years as I have known her, patiently prying young brains with a methodical, calm, questioning style.

A Unique School Struggles to Preserve an Ancient Culture

Hilary Cadigan | Posted 04.30.2015 | Impact
Hilary Cadigan

This year, Mor Wah Kee saw its first two alumni graduate from college, and two more enter to begin their secondary degrees. When I asked a classroom full of sixth graders who else wanted to go to college someday, nearly all the hands shot up.

10 of the Most Challenging High Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A new report was released ranking the nation's most challenging high schools, and 72 schools in Illinois made the cut.

The Little Yellow School Bus, or the Lessons We Take

Timothy Braun | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Timothy Braun

Recently a friend's 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. To help with the transition I asked if I could write the young lady a let...

Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.26.2015 | Education
Vicki Abeles

For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.

Five of the Top Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.24.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

SchoolDigger has ranked the top schools of every grade category in Illinois--elementary, middle and high school. The rankings are based on each school's average standard test score.

Obesity Swept the Nation and Now Healthy Schools are Taking it Back... With Your Help

Rob Bisceglie | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Rob Bisceglie

There are many incredible and life-changing improvements around health taking place in schools across the country right now, led by everyday heroes who deserve and need our support.

Doing Better: How School Leadership is Making Student Health and Well-Being a Priority

Sharon Adams-Taylor | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Sharon Adams-Taylor

Superintendents cannot singlehandedly improve the health of every student, but they are the first step in changing the trajectory of health for all students in their districts.

Educators Need to Rethink Punishment

Sheri Bauman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Sheri Bauman

The excluded child loses the opportunity for positive socialization. One cannot learn from positive role models if there are none present, and children cannot learn how to manage their behavior in school if they are not there.

School Spring Break in London with Kids

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

Spring break in America is one week but here in my kids' school in Scotland, they're off for 18 whole days. In the middle of the school year! After getting over the initial culture shock, I realized the only way to survive the long interruption in the school year is to figure out an escape.

The Importance of Volunteering

Suzie Skougard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

My 8 year old son has been out sick the last two days. Today, he seemed fine. I told him that he'd be going back to school tomorrow, and instantly his symptoms reappeared. "I'm hot. My forehead is warm. My hands are cold," and then the fake cough started up.

5 Women Inspiring Us To Reinvent

Posted 04.23.2015 | Women

Evolution. It’s as pivotal to a woman’s life as it has been to the development of our species. Moving from the role of singleton to life partner, ...

Give Volunteers the Credit They Deserve

Michael Lombardo | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Lombardo

As we wrap up National Volunteer Week, it's compelling to consider why it is that the word "just" is so often attached to the word "volunteers."