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Education Should be Like the Obama Campaign

Glen Lineberry | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Glen Lineberry

The discrepancy between Narwhal and Orca, between the Obama and Romney campaigns' approach to technology and digital media, parallels my school district's wrestling with technology in the classroom.

An Organization Spurs 400 Students to Help the Community

Agustin Duran | Posted 02.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Agustin Duran

This club is one of the oldest organizations operating in Downey helping youth, but never before has the children, teenagers and young adults been more involved with the organization's principles than today.

The Surprising Truth About Voluntourism

Rudayna Bahubeshi | Posted 04.21.2013 | Travel
Rudayna Bahubeshi

We all know people who have participated in these programs, skipping off to a village for a few weeks and returning home with a dozen pictures of themselves hugging foreign children.

At Long Last, We Are Treating Doctors Like We Treat Teachers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

So much of this discussion on performance pay for physicians is similar and different than the one for educators. It looks like, according to the proposal, public hospitals specifically and their physicians are in greater trouble.

Boston's LearnLaunch Hosts Distinguished Ed Tech Meet Up

Tanyella Evans | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Tanyella Evans

Even though the conference is over, LearnLaunch continues to be basecamp for the ed tech community in Boston. If you want to join in the buzz, check out the regularly updated discussions on their LinkedIn group.

Let's Make 2013 a 'Build Something' Year

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

What better way to inspire our students to become problem solvers and develop critical thinking skills than to see their teachers demonstrating these very skills everyday?

'But I didn't mean to...' Responding to Students Exhibiting Sexualized Behavior

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Nancy Rappaport

Students with sexualized behavior are one of teachers' biggest concerns. While sexual behavior is relatively unusual, it can be understandably upsetting and confusing for educators, who often are not sure how best to respond.

Stranger Than Nonfiction--A Look at the Online Homework Racket

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.07.2013 | Books
Andrew Lam

SAN FRANCISCO--"Dear Mr. Lam. I loved your essay, 'The Palmist,' but I can't figure out what the main theme is. Is it dying and being all alone? My te...

Highlight this Blog Post at Your Own Risk

Sam Sommers | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Sam Sommers

Where do your study strategies come from? Maybe a teacher gave you specific instruction on how best to learn material? Simple trial-and-error? All reasonable possibilities. However, here's some food for thought: it's also worth considering what psychological science has to say on the matter.

How Educators Can Empower Students and Themselves Through Technology

Jure Klepic | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Jure Klepic

Over the next decade the workplace will change entirely from what it is today. Many jobs will be created that don't even exist now and workers will be required to possess higher levels of IT skills than ever before.

Mentoring for the 21st Century

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Perhaps no other field of human endeavor serves as directly and forcefully as a "flight school" for the human spirit as teaching and learning.

Bringing Education to Life

Perea Blackmon | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Perea Blackmon

When a student can see something rather than just read a textbook, they are much more likely to understand it and remember it. For instance, if I was to tell you a T-Rex has big teeth, would you fully understand and be able to put that into perspective?

Do We Value Student Compliance or Student Empowerment?

Catherine Gobron | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Catherine Gobron

As the program director, I felt beholden to his parents. I had said that he would be having math tutoring. I worried that it would reflect poorly on the program if the math wasn't happening. I was faced with a choice. Should I bribe, cajole, or threaten him into doing his math? Or not?

In Digital Age, Social Media Impacts College Journalism

Jordan Friedman | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Jordan Friedman

As journalism programs at colleges begin emphasizing the online and broadcast elements of news, they're also incorporating social media into their curricula and encouraging students to maintain an online presence.

Here's The Drill: Inside A School Lockdown

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.27.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: BRETT MYERS/Youth Radio Twenty-one first graders pile into a bathroom during a lockdown drill. By: Robyn Gee As recently as a year ag...

This Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King From Harlem Students Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes

Deborah Kenny | Posted 03.22.2013 | New York
Deborah Kenny

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance, and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." As we come together as a community to honor Dr. King, let us take a moment to recommit to his inspiring vision.

A Lesson in Kindness

Eliza Byard | Posted 03.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliza Byard

When addressing school climate issues in education reform, it is far too easy to focus exclusively on the negative, the bias, the bullying, the violence we all agree must end.

Gen Y College Students Need to Prepare Financially for Careers

Jodi Okun | Posted 03.18.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

Potential employers may use this information to assess the candidate's level of debt in relation to the anticipated salary offer. If the potential employee has a high debt-to-income ratio, that may raise a caution flag about their financial stability.

Bridging the New Digital Divide

Lori Day | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Lori Day

Now that most schools have basic hardware and connectivity, there is a socioeconomic division between those that have the high-speed connections that can support WiFi-dependent tablets or laptops, and those that lack these basic internal support structures for individual student devices.

Climate Protests Erupt Across the Nation -- Expect More

Adam Greenberg | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Adam Greenberg

Over the past months, the youth climate movement and its allies have been raising the stakes. In its first month alone, the fossil fuel divestment movement reached 192 campuses, and even spread to the city of Seattle. But we're not going to stop there.

Without Teachers, the Classroom Is Just a Room

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Melinda Gates

The focus of our education strategy in recent years has centered on helping teachers do their best work. We're working on this challenge from many angles and with many partners, including teachers themselves. We started with the most basic question: What does great teaching look like?

MSA National: For 50 Years, 'Students' Has Been Its Middle Name

Altaf Husain | Posted 03.04.2013 | College
Altaf Husain

On January 1, 2013, MSA National celebrated 50 years since its founding. This is a historic milestone for many reasons.

Educators Testing Their Courage After Newtown

Shaun Johnson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Shaun Johnson

A mild kerfuffle erupted in the last couple of weeks over who in the education community could claim ownership of some of the selfless heroism displayed by Sandy Hook staff. Notable reform opponent Diane Ravitch happened to mention that they belonged to their professional union.

After Newtown: Taking Time to Connect

Vicki Abeles | Posted 02.25.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

This holiday season, we can all take the personal and immediate action of truly connecting with our children and other loved ones this season and in the new year.

Reconsidering The Hostel

Kay Rodriguez | Posted 02.23.2013 | Travel
Kay Rodriguez

In my experience, hostels are generally clean, inviting, hospitable and full of friendly staff members and guests. After staying in a handful of hostels, I actually find that I prefer them to hotels because they are safe and comfortable places to stay without a hefty price tag.