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Back to School and Back on the Lookout for Children in Distress

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

School is starting again and that means so many things. Some children are excited about moving up a grade while some may not be so excited about sch...

When You Do It For the Kids

Abby Norman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Education
Abby Norman

You know, at eight or ten or even two years into this you already know, if they tell you to do it for the kids, it is something you really don't want to do. It is hard, it is complicated, you think it might be unnecessary, in the worst of scenarios you think it will hurt.

Wings and Cottage Cheese

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

Below is an excerpt of an e-mail I received from my friend Vicki who works as a massage therapist in the St. Louis area. She received her guide dog Watson from Guiding Eyes for the Blind too, almost a year ago.

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

Parents, Please Pay Your Kids (Week 2 of Senior Year)

Lillian Sims | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I doubt any took that message home, so parents, I'm asking you: please, will you pay your children to learn? I need your help to convince your children that education is not all punishment. You don't have to pay them in physical money. You can pay them in high-fives, in big smiles and in ice cream trips.

Listen To the Teachers Who Stay

Jim S. Furman | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Jim S. Furman

The fact remains, millions of students are returning to public schools this month and need great teachers. If we continue to celebrate those who leave, do we encourage other teachers to do the same?

Tips On Changing Middle School Behaviors, Einstein-Style

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Jennifer Wolfe

Sometimes students are stuck through no real fault of their own - family situations or access to education may have caused them to slip behind. However, it's just good old-fashioned stubbornness, with a dash of insecurity, that results in underachievement. That's where Einstein comes in.

For the Mother Teachers

Kara Lawler | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Kara Lawler

They teach, wipe tears, and give hugs. They might not be perfect every day, but they apologize and try harder, and this is a wonderful lesson for your little ones who look at them with intent.

7 Things I Want My Son to Know About Leadership

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Standing in a crowded gym I watched as my teenage son and several of his friends took to the basketball court. He's been playing sports since he was f...

Autism Without Fear: How 'Best Practices' Are Vastly Overrated in Today's Educational Environment

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Michael John Carley

As an autism consultant employed by schools, the over-reliance I see on best practices -- even without the term's vagaries -- is vast, counter-productive given the current climate, and might be causing us to miss greater gaps in educating students on the autism spectrum, if not beyond.

Student Motivation Matters: 25 Tips and Strategies

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

A new report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching reviews what we know about student motivation.

'Only When There is Calm Will Things Settle'

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

Every task we undertake as humans -- social beings, after all -- threatens to do violence, or at the very least ring hollow, when the well-being and happiness of ourselves and those around us are ignored.

What it's Like to Teach GenDIY Students at Career Path High

GenDIY | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education

Jessika Chandler When I graduated college and began looking for my first teaching job, I was drawn to Career Path High's blended learn...

How School Made Me a Bad Teacher

Amber Kane | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

As a big-picture thinker, I have an obsession with asking why -- one of the worst questions that you can ask within the school system, because no one actually knows the answer.

When Kids Lie: 3 Steps to Strengthening Family

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

All kids dabble in stretching the truth or outright lying, and of course it's to their benefit to learn that lies have consequences. To be clear, all kids lie at one point or another. I know you may be thinking yours has never lied to you, but if so you're in La-la-land. Once you've come to grips with this truth keep reading.

Jeff Montgomery: The Long Way Home

A Teacher Like You | Posted 08.13.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

Society as a whole doesn't expect much out of students. I want to tell them, you can start doing big things today. If you're going to make a change in your life, do it now.

'Oh Captain! My Captain!' Remembering Robin Williams, One Year Later

Adina Ciment | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Adina Ciment

I was in high school at the time and my experience with education had been less than stellar. I had teachers that destroyed subjects for me. Teachers that didn't care. And then there was Dead Poets Society.

Why I Can No Longer Teach In Public Education

Stephanie Keiles | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Stephanie Keiles

I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life: I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. A job I didn't want to leave -- but I had to. I will always be there to fight for public education. But I just can't teach in it.

When Back-to-School Means Back to Being Scared for Kids With Disabilities

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Going back to school is always going to be a little nerve wracking. Kids will always worry about classes, friendships, and keeping up with the latest fads. But they should never have to worry for their safety.

Love Before Curriculum

Shanna Peeples | Posted 08.09.2015 | Education
Shanna Peeples

We are teachers. It's easy to forget the most simple thing about teaching and that's to remember to connect to our students. When you remember who you are and why you do this work, you can resist anything or anyone that threatens to derail you from your purpose and your role.

A Manifesto for New Teachers

Dan Butin | Posted 08.06.2015 | Education
Dan Butin

This is a call to action, and a call for help, for new teachers. More than two hundred thousand brand-new teachers will walk into their very own classrooms in just a few short weeks.

14 Reasons Why People Cannot or Will Not Delegate Responsibilities

Matthew Dicks | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Matthew Dicks

I am a delegation junkie. Whenever possible, I assign tasks and responsibilities originally assigned to me onto others. In no place does this happen more than my classroom. If you ask my former students, they will tell you that as a teacher, my goal is to do nothing.

One Teacher's Back-to-School Catharsis

Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan

We must ensure that every single student that we are lucky enough to help learn and grow knows that they have value. They must know that they are worthy of praise. They must know that they deserve to be celebrated and not simply tolerated.

Amy Winehouse, Allen Iverson, and the Importance of Seeing Our Students

Gregory Michie | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

Two documentaries I saw recently got me thinking a lot about teaching, even though neither focuses on education: "Amy," about acclaimed British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, and "Iverson," about 11-time NBA all-star and 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson.