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Technology in Schools: How to Hire the Best People

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

The technical jobs in schools are now more strategic and service oriented. Cloud computing, SaaS, mobile devices, and Google Apps for Education have changed the game by offering free or inexpensive solutions to replace the traditional server/client configuration.

Juneau, Alaska, Schools Cut 4 Controversial Native History Books From Curriculum

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Alaska Dispatch News

The Juneau School District superintendent on Thursday said he will remove four books from the fourth-grade curriculum that members of the public called into question this year, saying the controversial material distorted Native American history.

Illinois Education Funding Needs a Change -- Is SB 16 the Way to Do It?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In theory, state funding is supposed to be the great equalizer, ensuring that students have the same resources regardless of where they live. In practice, it hasn't worked that way.

Be a Joy Maker

Daniel Horgan | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Daniel Horgan

Despite the traditional bustle we find ourselves in during the holiday season, let's pause for a moment and reflect on the last time someone shared joy with us. Whether someone shared a kind smile, held a door or offered a helping hand, it sure does feel good to recognize all of the joy.

Married to Your School?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

One of the greatest challenges facing families today regarding school choice is when they realize that their school is not the right fit for their child, especially if they have been there many years!

School Funding and Educational Technology: Less Is More

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Teachers and students don't want to use slow, outdated, archaic equipment. For technology to be routinely and seamlessly integrated in the learning process, it needs to be on par with the technology used in our homes.

Chronic Absenteeism, Poverty and How Community Schools Can Help

Martin J. Blank | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Guest blog by Nicole Mader, Education Policy Analyst at the Center for NYC Affairs at the New School. All school leaders know that children have to ...

Climate Change This Week: the Pepsi Hijack, Cooling Mirrors, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. An Inspiring Conversation on Addressing Climate Change National Scientific Adviso...

Why Kids Feel Like They Are Starring in 'The Hunger Games'

Tanith Carey | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Tanith Carey

We are creating a generation of kids who are folding under the pressure. After all, by definition, most people who take part in competitions lose. As the testing starts earlier, this also makes for divided classrooms. Children who don't do well right away tend to write themselves off early on.

Illinois Must Use the Lessons of Ferguson to Build a Better State

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in September, Peter Creticos of the Institute for Work and the Economy wrote a thoughtful and provocative piece in the aftermath of the first spate of rioting in Ferguson, Mo.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

There Can Be No Successful All-Charter School System

Peter Greene | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

The bottom line is that New Jersey charters do not serve the same population as the districts that house them. Specifically, they serve a smaller percentage of poor students and students with extra learning challenges.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

This 17-Year-Old Has Given 45 African Girls An Education By Selling Headbands

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact

About five years ago, Mary Grace Henry of Harrison, New York, asked for a sewing machine for her birthday. She wanted to design and sell headbands to ...

Fact: There Is Much to Learn About Illinois Charter Schools

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.18.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Despite the 148 charter schools in Illinois, many residents of the state don't fully understand what they stand for or what they do. There are more charter schools in Chicago and Rockford than the rest of the state, but many rules govern charter schools throughout the state.

Bullying Prevention: The Power of Empathy

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Richard Weissbourd

We can't just focus on turning kids from bystanders to "upstanders" whenever bullying occurs: We also need to focus on changing social norms and school climate so that bullying doesn't occur. Rather than simply asking children to go against the tide, we need to change the tide itself.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

The Secret To Actually Making School More Enjoyable

Avi Sholkoff | Posted 01.17.2015 | Teen
Avi Sholkoff

If you are going to be sitting in different rooms for nine months, why not make these months hilarious and memorable?

By Trying to Reduce Class Sizes, We're Solving the Wrong Problem

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Are smaller class sizes the key to breathing new life into today's public schools, or a misguided effort to solve the problems of a dying era? I am surprised to say I have come to believe it's the latter.

Investigate Time Warner and Comcast's "Social Contract" on America

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Besides the fact that you can never, ever get the advertised price, or that the bill now includes a collection of made up fees and pass-through taxes, there are also a host of related issues that surround the sale and promotion of these services.

Tips for Flu Season: Clean Up Your School and Tell Congress to Support EPA's Voluntary Schools Programs (and Wash Your Hands)

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Claire L. Barnett

Everyone has heard how to prevent colds and the flu: Wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes! But here's another tip that's not heard often: Clean up your school. You might reduce the flu by 87 percent or asthma by 39 percent. Here's why and what you can do.

Top Schools in Illinois Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.10.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois' 2014 statewide races are over, but now it's time to get to work on making the state better, which starts with a better education system for Illinois' students. But first we have to reflect on where we are now before we can move forward.

For Black Students the School to Prison Pipeline Is in Higher Gear Than Ever

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

School officials defend their quick resort to call in the school or city police with the claim that black students do commit more serious offenses than other students. There's nothing to support this.

How to Get Your News From Poems

Josh Stearns | Posted 12.24.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems," wrote American poet William Carlos Williams, "yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there." And yet, we are seeing more and more efforts to combine poetry and reporting.

How Do Anti-Bullying Laws Translate to School Policies?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

For the last year and a half, I have worked closely with the DC Office of Human Rights to conduct an audit of school bullying prevention policies following the passage of Washington DC's Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 (YBPA).