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Long Overdue: A New Discourse on School Reform

William Slotnik | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
William Slotnik

Forging ahead requires persistence and will. It also takes collaborative leadership that moves beyond the divisive influences of ideology, money and power to focus on the needs of students and educators.

Paving the Path to Our Children's Future

Brittany Packnett | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices
Brittany Packnett

It will take all of us -- every system of government, allies from every background, families in every community -- to step up and bring about the day when all children are treated with revolutionary love within and outside of the classroom and prepared to lead us forward.

Should Student Success Include Happiness?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Student success today is defined by getting a job. The Common Core State Standards aim to make students career-ready -- and the U.S. Department of Education's mission is to prepare students for global competitiveness.

Too Common a Story -- The Homework Gap

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Jose Antonio Tijerino

"Hey, that's my story!" my mentee Adan Gonzalez blurted out as I read him some of the preliminary findings from a study the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, myCollegeOptions and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conducted called Taking the Pulse of the High School Student in America.

When Kids Walk Out of School, Who's Listening?

Junius Williams | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Junius Williams

The state of New Jersey is in charge and the ball is in Governor Christie's court, to act on student demands that Cami Anderson be replaced; and that school district disruption cease.

Teachers: Stop Complimenting Your Students

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

As an elementary school teacher, I have made it my policy for more than a decade to avoid commenting on a student's physical appearance. These comments, even when positive, can be damaging and hurtful to kids.

"World of 7 Billion" Videos Find Planet-Saving Solutions

John Seager | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
John Seager

As a father of three former teenagers, I know that high school students probably don't seem like the best people to ask for ways to save the planet. They are sarcastic, hormonal, and iPhone-obsessed.

6 Pieces of Advice We Give, But Never Take

Uloop | Posted 05.20.2015 | College
Uloop

You might be the type of person who is great at giving advice, or you might be the type of person who is usually the one asking or taking advice from others, whether they're your close friends, acquaintances, or family members.

Graduates, Are You Ready to Be Educated in Credit?

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 05.20.2015 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

With graduation season upon us, it seems that just about everywhere I look, I'm reading articles, blog posts, and social media posts about how we are doing a poor job of teaching our graduates, whether they're graduating from high school or college, about day-to-day finances, including credit and budgeting. So here are a few of my credit tips.

Winning One for the Future in Mississippi

Burns Strider | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Burns Strider

Initiative 42 matters to a group of dedicated and hard working Mississippians who have raised more than $2 million and organized as 42 for Better Schools to pass this important initiative.

Healing a Child's Broken Heart

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's always very challenging for a parent when their child has a serious health condition. It's even more challenging when their child has a serious condition but has no health insurance to cover the needed care and emergencies.

Unleashing the Fierce Power of Your Belief

Harriet Sanford | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

This month, the new class of teachers who will enter the education workforce in America's schools will graduate from colleges and universities across the nation. As more teachers retire, our workforce is skewing younger.

High School Seniors Who Enlist Get Higher Education of a Different Sort

Lynda Bekore | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Lynda Bekore

While most of their classmates will be celebrating the end of high school, the beginning of college, and perhaps be a little nervous at living away from home, these one-percenters will be experiencing excitement and some nervousness of an entirely different sort.

Youth Empowerment Matters

Alexis Glick | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Alexis Glick

We know that empowering youth can be as simple as listening to them. And when youth are actively engaged in a problem that concerns them, outcomes are better.

Student Loses Hope After Too Much Testing (VIDEO)

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Jenifer Fox

Young people almost always know what is going on in the adult world. So, if you want to know what is working in the classroom or in a school, just ask the students.

An Open Letter to the Class of 2015

Opal Vadhan | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Opal Vadhan

We are the generation that everyone is looking at, we are the ones the nation is waiting to follow. It is up to us to continue to break barriers, to make a difference, to leave long lasting impressions and lastly to inspire others to do the same.

The Pressures of PAFA's '114th Annual Student Exhibition'

ZP Heller | Posted 05.11.2015 | Arts
ZP Heller

The 114th Annual Student Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) kicks off Friday night. For weeks, 85 graduate and undergraduate students have been feverishly finishing and framing nearly 1,000 artworks in their studios.

In LA, Communities in Need Get Their 15 Minutes of Fame

Mackenzie Long | Posted 05.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Mackenzie Long

Musicians from East Los Angeles have a long tradition of using their talents to draw attention to complex social and political issues.

An Open Letter to America's Class of 2015

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Robert E. Johnson

While Commencement is a time of celebration and achievement, it is also a time when we can impart a final nugget of wisdom to all of our graduates. Here is what I would like to tell them.

Essential Advice About Paying Back Your Student Loans - Part II

Beth Kobliner | Posted 05.15.2015 | Money
Beth Kobliner

The total nationwide student debt currently hits $1.2 trillion (yes, that's trillion). 70% of students are graduating with loans, and the average amount owed by each grad is $30,000. That first-job-out-of-school salary may not cut it.

The Dynamics of Listening

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Catherine Gobron

My suggestions are most easily applied in settings where both teachers and students have considerable autonomy, but I hope these ideas may be useful to teachers even in traditional settings.

15 Things I Learned About Life From Teaching Swim Lessons

Betsy Hnath | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

If you can't float on your tummy, try learning on your back. A different view can be all it takes to help pick up a new skill.

#TakeTheHighRoad When It Comes to Anti-Gay Days

Sue Kerr | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

How can we support the LGBTQA youth at McGuffey High School and through Washington County and other rural Pennsylvania towns? Here's what we came up with on the ground in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We invite you to join us.

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.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...