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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.

How Travel Inspired Me To Change My Life

Nicola Barnard | Posted 06.17.2016 | Travel
Nicola Barnard

I trained to be a teacher back in 2012, but I am not a teacher -- instead the power of travel pulled me away from the only job I thought I would ever ...

'Love Is Something If You Give It Away"

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Twenty feet from me, four-year-old children are giggling, sitting in a circle in a small room, waiting to find out what happens next in this new place...

5 Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Greater Good Science Center

Parents are understandably worried about their teens. Last year's spate of teen suicides in Palo Alto, coupled with high rates of teen depression, make parents wonder what they could be doing to better help their kids navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters of their adolescent years.

Who wants to be a special education teacher?

Dr. Mindy McNeal | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Dr. Mindy McNeal

Not me! Or so I thought in 1973 after visiting a special education classroom as part of a senior high school college visit. My best friend and I had d...

This Is Not the Way to Prepare and Support Teachers

Alan Singer | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In my previous Huffington Post blog I wrote very critically about Teach for America. New York City has its own alternative certification Teach for Ame...

5 Reasons to take an Impact Cruise

Liz Cleland | Posted 06.08.2016 | Travel
Liz Cleland

When I first started hearing about an Impact Cruise I was very interested to learn more. Combining the humanitarianism and giving back spirit with a v...

A Child's Understanding of What Transgender Means

Allison Hope | Posted 06.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

Like that, an eight-year-old child understood and accepted what being transgender meant and respected the gender identity of my co-worker. Why adults are unable to make the same, rational connection in their heads is beyond me.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 4: How Greek Ethics Conquered the Western World

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

One of the purposes of a humanities course is to stimulate critical thinking. It need not always be a free-fire zone of narrowly focused rat-a-tat questions, but can be a leisurely ramble through a laid-back moodscape that poses a question in search of an answer.

Teach For America: Is The Next Generation Still Relevant?

Dan Butin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Dan Butin

So, yes, for better or worse, TFA will still be relevant for many years to come. We live in an imperfect world, and while TFA may not be a perfect solution, neither are the conditions for recruiting and retaining teachers in urban and rural schools.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford - Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank | Posted 06.03.2016 | Business
Steve Blank

We just held our tenth and final week of the Hacking for Defense class. Today the eight teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations. We're a ...

From Professional to Professor

Karl Gude | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Karl Gude

Ten years ago I felt a powerful pull from the halls of academia to give back to my profession, to share my years of knowledge and experience with youn...

In Defense of Angelina Jolie and Public Intellectuals

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Patricia Leavy, PhD

When it was recently announced that Angelina Jolie is slated to each a Masters course at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the fall of 2016, the...

Developing Emotional Resiliency for Educators

Rumeet Billan | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Rumeet Billan

The most influential relationship an educator has is with their students. Educators shape a student's experience through the day-to-day exchange in a...