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5 Women Inspiring Us To Reinvent

Posted 04.21.2015 | 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."

13 Ways to Create Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBATQQI People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout the world, on university and grade school campuses, in communities and homes, and in the media, issues of sexual identity and gender identity and expression are increasingly "coming out of the closet."

I Don't Know How to Talk to My Kindergartener About Race

Karen Cordano | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Does it help to talk about it? Do I dare talk about it as a white woman who is incredibly privileged? Can I do something to help? Is trying to do something to help an example of privilege trying to solve problems it doesn't understand?

Choosing the Poetry of Life

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.17.2015 | Books
Mitch Ditkoff

There is a moment in everyone's life when all the cards are on the table, all the chips, too -- the moment of truth when the entire universe, it seems, is conspiring to call one's attention to the choice we have every single day to let go of the past and move towards what is truly calling us.

A New Generation Will Educate the World

Anita Casalina | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Welcome back, spring! Watching last year's old and tired become this year's new and fresh is always invigorating for me. It's encouraging to see new flowers push up through the dirt, determined to succeed and grow.

How Breakfast Can Impact Our Future

Mark Hertling | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Mark Hertling

Most people don’t start a long road trip without putting gas in the car. Yet, millions of parents send their children off every morning without ensu...

Louis C.K.'s Master Plan For Making Sure His Kids Don't Grow Up 'Weird Or Spoiled'

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents

Worried about raising your kids right? Louis C.K. has been there. In the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, the 47-year-old comedia...

3 Things a Bullying Survivor Needs

Heather Piedmont | Posted 04.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Heather Piedmont

Despite my dual masters and my White House internship, I am at the core a bullying survivor. No matter how many years pass, I still on occasion cringe...

Green Cleaning at School -- Tips From One Parent

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Claire L. Barnett

Think about how cleaning a school building -- maybe 100 times larger than the average house -- might take more time, more effort and even different kinds of products -- products specifically designed for use in large-scale commercial and institutional buildings.

15 Illinois School Districts With the Top-Paid Administrators and Teachers

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Education in Illinois comes under much scrutiny. But in order to propose effective ideas to make the system better, Illinoisans should know what the current system looks like.

A Gift to Us

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News
Catherine Nagle

She woke up early in the morning before the dawn of light and started cooking a large pot of oatmeal. As she cooked, she put a fresh stick of butter on the table to soften for spreading on our toast. In between warming a bottle of milk for the baby, she managed to put on a pot of coffee.

Can Online Fundraisers Save Struggling Schools?

Emily Richmond | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Emily Richmond

A couple of recent stories highlight schools turning to online fundraising to provide students with everything from basic classroom supplies to long-distance field trips.

Can Hope Be Taught? New Curriculum Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

With the rise of bullying over the past several years, young people are having to grow up in an increasingly difficult world -- one full of discouragement and pain.

Why 'Your Child Is Not As Gifted As You Think' Is the Worst Thing a Teacher Can Say

Matthew Dicks | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

This is not to say that I haven't heard this sentiment expressed many times in my 17 years as a teacher. But whenever I hear a teacher express this idea, I push back immediately, and I push back hard, for three reasons.

15 of Illinois' School Districts in the Worst Financial Shape

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.27.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, Illinois school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more as state and federal funding dries up, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Who's To Blame For Pennsylvania's School Closings?

Peter Greene | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

It is some sort of amazing Jedi mind trick -- citizens and taxpayers are looking right past the causes of schools' financial problems and deciding to blame it all on local school boards.

12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents

Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college....

How To Talk To Your Kids About Math (And Why You Need To)

Oscar Fernandez | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Oscar Fernandez

There's a way that we parents can dispel the myth that only smart people do math. And there's also a way that we parents can combat math phobia. The approach requires work on the part of the parent, but hey, what part of parenting doesn't? Here's what I have in mind.

Stay Angry

Larry Strauss | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
Larry Strauss

We are angry. A lot of people are angry. But the anger is a symptom. A symptom of something larger. A symptom of an education system for which no one feels accountable, a symptom of a society that is mostly indifferent to the children we serve.

Bullying -- What's the Problem?

Eva Papp | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Eva Papp

Our schools can foster a culture of bullying, or a culture of respect. Fostering a culture of respect doesn't happen accidentally; it takes determined and consistent effort.

Congressional Education Reauthorization: Urgent Need for School Leadership Academy Program

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

If America is serious about effectively educating the millions of disadvantaged children in its lowest-achieving schools, it must transform these schools so that they engage their students' interests and effectively teach them a challenging curriculum.

The Award-Winning Program That's Kept 1,000 Kids Off Houston Streets

NationSwell | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Workshop Houston, which has been running for more than a decade, has helped approximately 1,000 students in a neighborhood where extracurricular activities are sparse and one in four families live below the poverty line.

An Apology To My Daughter's Teacher

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 03.12.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

She may not hit, but she hits with words. In a sea of happy face stickers and bright blue stars, my daughter did not earn a reward from you today.

When Combating the Bully, Our Hands Aren't Tied

Lain Hensley | Posted 03.12.2015 | Education
Lain Hensley

The ugly truth is that bullying has gone too far and we all need to step up and do our part to make a difference. But the good news is, with a little effort, we can all look around and do something to help.