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When We Hand Down the Magic, Children and Teachers Succeed

Eric Cooper | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Teachers and mentors can have a magical impact on learning, but being a student can be just as exquisite. The roles of teacher and student are not as distinct as portrayed. Teaching and learning go both ways.

A Mile Wide and a Mile Deep

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 02.24.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

The tension between breadth and depth is one that will never go away, so long as there are strong curricular demands that we must adhere to. Using these techniques can help teachers better manage this conundrum in a manner that gives students the most rewarding learning experience possible.

Celebrating the Bank Street Book Store

Monica Edinger | Posted 02.23.2015 | Books
Monica Edinger

There are two major independent children's bookstores in New York City's borough of Manhattan, the downtown Books of Wonder and the uptown Bank Str...

Teachable Moments

Emily K. Genser | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Emily K. Genser

Today, I was out of patience. All day, while teaching, my mind was on my son. I did that horrible thing that we sometimes have to do, and sent him to daycare even though he should have been home sick.

Pennies for Heaven

Liza Long | Posted 02.19.2015 | Women
Liza Long

Two months later, I celebrated my fortieth birthday in a way I never could have imagined. After years of hard work, sacrifice and a level of organizational commitment that in retrospect was possibly unwarranted, I was an out-of-work single mother of four children.

Nobody Cancelled

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The joy our volunteers know awaits them is motivation to keep their promise to be here. Despite the meteorologist's urging, "Severe weather warning, stay home if you can," they know that once they sit on the floor to read with the children, there's no memory of the arctic cold.

Life Science Startups Rising in the UK

Steve Blank | Posted 02.19.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Stephen Chambers spent 22 years in some of the most innovative companies in life science as the director of gene expression and then as a co-founder o...

Cartoons Terrorize Parisian Family: Teaching Colonialism

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

We'd begin with contemporary Paris, the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and bloodshed. We'd then quickly turn to Caché. If I were teaching again, this is how I'd start my literature and film class about colonialism.

Students Should Collaborate in the Classroom, Not Compete

THINK Global School | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
THINK Global School

As the first term of our 2014-15 school year recently wound to a close in New Zealand, I looked through the student survey responses for my course and remembered one of my opening statements to the ninth and tenth grade students.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Is Teach for America Beginning to Lose Its Luster?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 02.15.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

A recent article notes that the TFA program is "suddenly having recruitment problems." The article reveals that applications are down 10 percent, yet the demand for recruits from the program "is extremely high," according to the co-chief executive of Teach for America.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 02.12.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education.

An Educator Samples the PARCC

Peter Greene | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Today, I'm trying something new. I've gotten myself onto the PARCC sample item site and am going to look at the ELA sample items for high school. There appear to be 23 sample pages, and I have two hours to do this, so this could take a while. You've been warned.

Common Core Testing Teaches Tots to Type

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Common Core is a Trojan horse full of unintended consequences. While the efforts are noble, and the intent is good, the current program is neither fair nor practical.

Ballet Dads

Richard Greenberg | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

It doesn't matter if you're the dad or the mom, on a dance floor or on a ballfield, the things children need to be taught are all the same: kindness, respect, generosity and fair play.

What Do Finland and Teach for America Have in Common?

Teach Plus | Posted 02.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Education schools in the U.S. should adopt a similar methodology for selecting teacher candidates as Finland and Teach for America. When two such distinct programs demonstrate above-average results, we should take notice. Revamping the way we select our teachers can play a big role in ensuring that we are placing a high-quality educator in front of every student in America.

How Many Moms Does It Take To Draw a Heart?

Ashley Allen | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Ashley Allen

This week, one of my 5-year-old twin boys and I sat down to do arts and crafts. (He actually mispronounces this activity as "arts and craps," and I'm perfectly OK with this pronunciation, as it pretty much conveys how I feel about it).

Mexican Immigrant Goes From The Hood To Harvard And Beyond

HooplaHa | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

In this week's Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment we bring you Cesar Cruz, a man who never gives up. Cesar is the first Mexican immigrant male to attend Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in the Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership.

The One List I Found Myself Unable to Make

Beth Whitley | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Five weeks after Hannah's diagnosis (five years ago today, hence the reflective post), I had six weeks off work, less because of the emotional trauma we'd been through and more because of the magnitude of the lists that needed to be dealt with.

Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: What Will it Cost in the Long Haul?

Diane Levin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Diane Levin

It is urgent that we begin to ask what the school "reform" mandates will do in the long haul to our children, our schools, or families and beyond. Who has any sense of the longitudinal effects of the current model in 10 or 20 years?

Stupidity and Value-Added Models

Gregory Michie | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

There's no convincing research to show that value-added models have done anything to help teachers improve or kids learn, and growing evidence shows them to be wildly inaccurate and erratic.

To Learn or to Educate?

Meral Barlas | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Meral Barlas

To be honest, at times it seems like one company is ruling my life. No, not some designer brand or worldwide corporation, but the College Board -- from AP classes to administering the SAT, it pretty much monopolizes my life.

What Is a Public School System, Really?

Peter Greene | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

One of the repeated tricks and techniques of reformsterism is to propose policies or procedures as beneficial for public education when in fact, intentionally or not, they are far more likely to damage public education.

A Reading Buddy

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When you are a child, reading alone can be lonely. If you don't know the meaning of a word, there's no one to ask, and if you stumble on a pronunciation, no one will help you smooth it out. So we decided to design a pilot program called "Pajama Program Reading Buddy Plus.

Fund Your New Life Overseas Teaching English In Southeast Asia

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 01.28.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

If you like the idea of living or retiring in a new country but lack the funds to support yourself in the adventure, consider Southeast Asia. Teaching English is probably the most common way to earn a living wage throughout this region, and the demand for English teachers is high.