When my guidance counselor tried to prevent me from applying to the colleges of my dreams, Dr. Ferrer was the first person to walk with me down to her office. He demanded that I apply to whatever college I wanted, he said, because I was just as capable as my peers.
Instead of so-called reforms that would decimate teachers' retirement savings, we should be looking for ways to keep good teachers in the classroom. Retirement security is a critical part of making teaching a more rewarding career.
States and districts should do all they can to prepare students for the new standards ahead of time, and to continue supporting students throughout the school year. There are several strategies that schools and communities can take to smooth this transition.
The toxic combination of high student debt with low-paying work could explain why so many people choose professions outside of teaching. But there's more to it than that.
Physical fights are one thing I've always had a hard time understanding. I come from a non-violent music family. The few fist fights I witnessed gro...
Starting preschool is an adjustment for any child (and every parent). There are many small and simple things that you as a parent can do at home to help smooth the transition and assist in preparing your child for preschool.
In the response from our global teacher bloggers to our September question, "What was your most challenging classroom and how did you turn it around?", a common theme ran through all anecdotes -- an openness to student experience that allows for a more understanding, empathetic response to student's problems.
We're keeping Teachers at the top of our global radar in a week of intense media focus on the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This month we posed this question to our Top 12 global team: What was your most challenging classroom and how did you turn it around?
As a nation, it behooves us to consider how we prioritize various learning experiences. As millions of high school students leap through the hoops and hurdles of the next 9 months of the school year, we must look beyond short-term gains in specific skills and knowledge toward their longer term needs and desires.
Greatness may not be able to be taught, but it can be shown. While you've been reading about back to school sales and traffic reports, let's all work together to ensure that this back to school season helps our children and our country reach greatness.
Parenting is hard. But there is no right or wrong. As early childhood educators, we can see that you are doing your best and only have your child's interests at heart.
It's no big secret that parents, educators and esteemed academics agree that a first-rate education needs to be a priority for everyone today. It can't be reserved just for the chosen ones; those who live in a better zip code or who are born into the "right" ethnic group.
24 debaters from 11 countries will explore answers to the question in the Education Fast Forward live global debate on September 24. EFF Trustee and Education World Forum Director, Gavin Dykes, will chair the debate.
To this day, I don't even remember what it was about. I didn't have a knife, but that didn't seem to matter. I was stabbed just the same. Twice. Once through my shoulder and once in the abdomen. I lay down in the street until my sister was able to help me home.
So the Common Core process doesn't make a lot of sense to us parents. We can't see the connection between the tests and how they make anything better in our kids' schools. So what? Schools have our kids for about thirteen years. We have them for a lifetime!
Study after study shows that experience counts in teaching. While recruitment may be an immediate need, retaining a workforce of outstanding, experienced educators is the ultimate goal.