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When Animals Teach, It's Special

Carl Safina | Posted 08.18.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

Like toolmaking, teaching was once thought to be an exclusive capacity of the human mind. It's not, but teaching is rare, and teachers are an elite group.

Why Are All The Teachers White?

Christina Berchini | Posted 08.24.2016 | Education
Christina Berchini

I am a white teacher. Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s in Brooklyn, N.Y., I do not remember having a single teacher who did not look like me. Eve...

'The Path Through Science to Bach's Emotions'

New England Conservatory | Posted 08.16.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Twice in my life I had devoted time to performing and recording these works; I felt the itch to do it one more time. This, I knew, might be the last time, and I wanted it to be special. I also thought it might be an opportunity to write about this music. In order to do it well, I wanted to do some research.

Inspiring Math Learning Through Coding

Kara Mulder | Posted 08.15.2016 | Education
Kara Mulder

Coding gives definition to abstract concepts, passing onto a learner the ability to create huge (in a literal sense) learning situations that are too impossible or improbable to use in real life.

A Teacher Will Save The World

Dan Butin | Posted 08.16.2016 | Education
Dan Butin

I am preparing to give the keynote talk at the University of West Indies in Trinidad at the end of September. The theme is “Student/Teacher Partners...

There's An Obama In My Classroom -- And Yours, Too

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 08.05.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

Teachers are much like wedding photographers -- although our snapshots last a year rather than a day. Amid the sea of hundreds, even thousands, of young people we have taught, there are most assuredly little Michelles and little Baracks who are destined for greatness, and they need every second of the now we have to offer.

The Future Of Education: We Live In A Social World

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Sir Ken Robinson

Education is a dynamic system, not a static one. It's not an impersonal, inert engineering system; it's constantly in flux. It exists in the actions and activities of people every day and is subject to all kinds of conflicting forces and fluctuations.

Early Childhood Educators: The Many Hats We Wear

Carrie Lowrance | Posted 08.08.2016 | Education
Carrie Lowrance

What do you see when you drop your child off at day care with their teacher? Do you see a competent professional or is he/she just a glorified babysit...

Hacking for Diplomacy - Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank | Posted 08.04.2016 | Technology
Steve Blank

Hacking for Diplomacy is a new course from the Management Science and Engineering department in Stanford's Engineering school and Stanford's Internati...

Inspiration in all Sizes

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Who inspires you? Your mom or dad? Your husband, wife or partner? Maybe a mentor or role model who changed things because they were hopeful enough to...

Sputnik, The Ugly American, and the Push to Improve FSI Language Training

ADST | Posted 08.03.2016 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

The Moral Bucket List And How To Land One: Basketball As Guide To A Life Well Lived

Kimberly Connor | Posted 08.02.2016 | Education
Kimberly Connor

In reflecting on life in a recent essay, New York Times columnist David Brooks observed that we characterize ourselves by two types of virtues, resume...

Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy - Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank | Posted 08.01.2016 | Technology
Steve Blank

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come Victor Hugo On September 7th - 9th we are holding our first Hacking for Defense & Dip...

The Gap Year Experience

Erica Pence | Posted 07.19.2016 | Education
Erica Pence

The " gap year" has been a notable topic of discussion for several years. Should it be mandatory? Should it be a requirement for American citizens to ...

My Mom Was A Unionized Public School Teacher. That's Why I'm A Reformer

Dmitri Mehlhorn | Posted 07.18.2016 | Education
Dmitri Mehlhorn

I remember sitting on a makeshift wooden platform between the front seats of my mom’s old Volkswagen van. As the red VW grumbled through the streets...

Dallas Police Shooting Is Not Start Of Civil War

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Saying Black lives matter does not demean other lives; it is not intended to belittle or even "wage war" on the police. It is rather a cry for help from the people who are living in that reality and those who care about them.

3 Reasons Kids Struggle With Math And How to Help

Victoria Yore | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Victoria Yore

Algorithms, decimals, division, fractions, sums-these seem like harmless math terms. But, to many children, they bring out fear and even anxiety when ...

What Happens When The Light Goes Out?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.12.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

It is my mother's story and reflections about that keep my doubts away. I try my best to use her rich and blessed life to encourage others to balance their lot in life against their blessings, however many obstacles they face.

How Robots Could Help Children Pick Up New Languages

Adi Gaskell | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Adi Gaskell

Whilst caring for children seems a very human endeavor, there have nonetheless been a number of projects recently that have seen robots built for just...

Stop Teaching, So Students Can Start Learning

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

I have an issue with the use of the word 'teaching.' We often use 'teaching' and 'learning' synonymously. In reality, learning is distinctly different from teaching: teaching is about teachers, and learning is about students.

In Free State of Jones, Another White Hollywood Super-Hero Movie

Alan Singer | Posted 07.07.2016 | Entertainment
Alan Singer

The latest entry in the category "Movies You Should Not Show in History Classes" is Free State of Jones.

Critical Thinking In Environmental Education: A Quick Lesson In Application

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 07.05.2016 | Education
Nichlas Emmons

Many educators agree that teaching critical thinking skills is necessary because it better prepares students to be more productive members of society....

Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 06.29.2016 | Parents
Greater Good Science Center

Shuka Kalantari In the fall of 1978, Yalda Modabber had just moved to Massachusetts from Iran. Her timing was bad: The next year, a group of armed Ir...

The Method Behind The Magic Of A Beloved Preschool Teacher

Melissa Sher | Posted 06.20.2016 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Adrianne -- to borrow a line from "As Good As It Gets" -- makes my son want to be a better man. At least, she makes him want to be a better kid. My son is 5 years old, and Adrianne is his preschool teacher.

Ideas from Down Under: At Auburn West Public School, Data Done Right

Peter Cipparone | Posted 06.17.2016 | Education
Peter Cipparone

If there's a way to use data well, I thought as I left school for the day, Auburn West Public School might very well be doing it.