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Top 20 Colleges In Illinois, As Ranked By The Economist

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.25.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Economist has picked out its top colleges in the country for the first time ever- and the list of the best Illinois colleges may surprise you.

A Year-Round Gratitude Practice Through Mindfulness

Stephanie Cordel | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Cordel

During this holiday season don't limit your recognition of the positive things in your life to just this time of the year. Remember that any moment of any day throughout the year provides an opportunity to practice gratitude, which can benefit you all 365 days.

A Community Unites to Keep Beloved Actors Conservatory Theatre

Plumfund | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact

Ava has performed in several musical roles in which she shines as the blossoming actress she is. While the theater is being renovated to be a safe, thriving space, other children with disabilities like Ava lose a big outlet for creativity and community support of the arts.

What a Greater Good School Looks Like

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Seth M. R. Jaipuria School in Lucknow is helping to counter the impact of these challenges by encouraging students to tap into their own and others' humanity through the practices of gratitude, self-compassion, mindfulness and more -- all of which are transforming the school.

Those Teachable Moments in a Standardized World

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Jacob Stewart

They say there's no such thing as a stupid question. 'They' have clearly never been a middle school teacher.

Ecopolis Iowa City: Interview with Kamyar Enshayan, Beyond Pesticides: Community Models That Work

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Pesticide use is widespread, and driven by current monoculture cropping systems. Rural Iowans are at highest risk of pesticide exposure; more protective public health policies are urgently needed, and Ecological alternatives to pesticides are practical, effective and can be less costly.

Homework Is Out, Grades are Up

NationSwell | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact

Flipping a classroom essentially turns the typical school day on its head. Students receive video lessons online at home and do their homework during class, freeing up time so they can receive more one-on-one help from their teacher.

7 Time Management Techniques for Teens

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Todd VanDuzer

Some weeks, it seems like we have no time. Your high schooler may feel the same way. And when they're stressed about upcoming tests and losing track of assignments, their grades can suffer.

Teens Should Not Be Legally Punished for Consensual Sexting

Marsha Levick | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Marsha Levick

Imposing lifelong consequences for teen behavior is contrary to adolescent development research, which confirms what parents already know-teenagers are impulsive and often make bad decisions, but they are also malleable and capable of change. The mistakes they make as teenagers are not predictive of who they will be as adults.

Highway Safety Chief Calls For Seat Belts In Every School Bus

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents

Seat belts have proven to reduce injury from car accidents, but currently, they're not required in all school buses. A new recommendation is...

Educational Change, Cultural Organizing and Citizen Politics

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Harry Boyte

Deborah Meier, a great democracy educator and a mentor of mine, and I have been discussing the meaning of "citizen politics" in our Bridging Differences blog conversation at Education Week.

The People United

David Morris | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Even mighty New York City, with over 8 million people, must go hat in hand to Albany to request permission to reduce city speed limits, install red light cameras, open their courts at night, or raise taxes other than those imposed on property.

Los Angeles Teachers: Fewer Suspensions Mean More Unruly Students

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Teachers in the nation's second largest school district say a new policy aimed at reducing suspensions is also having another eff...

L.A.'s Challenge to all Large U.S. Metropolitan Cities: Support Veterans' and Service Members' Children in Civilian Public Schools

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 11.06.2015 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

Nationwide, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) estimates that there are four million children whose parents have served our country since 9/11. The vast majority of children in veteran and military families are being educated in civilian public schools.

Can a Lie Reveal Truth? Or What is Art?

Suna Senman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Arts
Suna Senman

Art is all around us and as significant to comprehend as the mechanics of structure. Each building, road or functional tool has elements of aesthetic design to some degree or another.

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.

This Former Venture Capitalist Is Trying To Change Education One Community At A Time

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Ted Dintersmith is on a whirlwind tour of trying to change education in America, one community at a time.  Dintersmith, a former venture capitali...

Schools Must Call the Parents First

Tina Karkera | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Tina Karkera

It's a rare occasion when I get a call from my daughter's school. But when that phone number pops up on my cell phone, I predictably take a deep breath before I answer it. Maybe it's just me, but I'm the parent who wants to know.

What You Should Know About the New Illinois Public Schools Data

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Another round of new public school data has been released as part of the annual Illinois Report Card, including student and teacher demographics, ACT ...

Tutoring Program Fosters Love of Learning in Its Students and a Love of Service in Its Volunteers

Zachary Azrael | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Zachary Azrael

Throughout its existence, Baltimore has been a city divided by race. As a major port city, Baltimore once was a major center for slave trade. After slavery ended, Baltimore, like many cities south of the Mason-Dixon line, segregated itself. And today, despite decades of effort from civil rights activists, Baltimore remains a city divided.

Rethinking Restraints -- They're Not Just for Special Needs Children Like Mine

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Bonnie Zampino

I know I should have been shocked by the video of the student being thrown to the floor in a classroom in South Carolina. But I wasn't. As the mother of a child with autism, I know all about the use of restraints and seclusion.

Young & Entrepreneurial: The 25-Year-Old Venture Capitalist Empowering Student Entrepreneurs in Boston

David Ongchoco | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

This article is part of the Young & Entrepreneurial series that features young startup founders and entrepreneurs. You can see past features here. S...

Education Is Missing Something

Krzysztof Piekarski | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Krzysztof Piekarski

The dominant high school and college systems are missing something. A lot of things, actually. But let's start with this one: religion. Hear me out, though.

Who's To Blame When a Student Fails a Test?

Serena Piper | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
Serena Piper

I teach at a preschool and I find every way I can to work with my kids to make sure they take something away from each activity. Why should college be any different?

You May Get a Better ROI Ditching the Ivy Leagues for Public Universities

Monica Leftwich | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Monica Leftwich

It's no secret the cost of education has imploded to rates that leave some people completely turned off to the idea of higher education.