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Making the Safest Ride to School Even Safer

Kate Carr | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Kate Carr

What's the safest way for kids to get to school? I'll give you one guess: it's big, bright yellow, structurally sound, has eight lights and a STOP arm...

Full-Service Community Schools: A Bipartisan Victory to Help America's Students Succeed

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

I was proud to be on hand today as President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, which includes a provision I authored to encourage the wider adoption of the full-service community schools model.

Democracy Schools as 'Making Democracy'

Harry Boyte | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Citizen politics grows from the sense that we have to "live together afterwards," for all the differences and conflict. Politics in this elemental sense is the alternative to war and violence.

Let's Join Forces to Give Teachers the Preparation They Deserve

Chris Minnich | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Chris Minnich

I get the opportunity to visit schools across the country, and without fail, one of the things that teachers share is how unprepared they felt on their first day in the classroom.

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 12.06.2015 | Green
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability Inc., we dream of a waste free world. In this world, all food scraps are transformed into nutrient rich compost yielding healthy crops, all aluminum cans are converted into new cans, building facades or bicycles, all plastic bottles are transformed into furniture, clothing, or home décor.

A Tale of Two Girls: The Molly and Suzannah Story

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 12.01.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

I ponder who these two girls will become. Their futures are very different in some ways, with one existing in a world of ever increasing technology and the other rooted firmly in a culture that sees little appeal in technology. In their own ways, they will both succeed; of that, I am certain.

Take Homework Offline

Carl Marziali | Posted 12.01.2015 | Education
Carl Marziali

Schools are sending kids to the most distracting medium ever invented. Parents have no way to know if their children are working or playing in one of a dozen windows. An assignment that should take one hour may stretch to two or three.

Unsound, Unjust and Unwise -- Banning Pregnant Girls From School in Sierra Leone

Chernor Bah | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Chernor Bah

It's now widely known that the government of Sierra Leone has instituted a ban on pregnant girls from taking exams and attending regular schools.

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 working t...

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.

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 capitalist, i...

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.