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Every Kid In NYC Deserves A Chance

Elissa Stein | Posted 10.11.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

Applying to high school shouldn't have to be the complicated, frustrating drama it too often is today. NYC families deserve better.

Dumbing it Down in NYC

Elissa Stein | Posted 09.26.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

NYC's Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted to approve a format change in the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), which is the sole method of admission to Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, and the other five specialized high schools.

Common Pitfalls and Considerations When Evaluating Experiences

Sarah Deane | Posted 07.21.2016 | Business
Sarah Deane

With the ever-increasing popularity of focus on the Customer Experience, we are seeing a rise in the number of companies who are incorporating some form of experience evaluation for their concepts and prototypes during their creative process, in an effort to rapidly iterate and support better decision-making.

Why The Opt Out Movement Is Crucial For The Future Of Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Diane Ravitch

In the past 14 years, parents have seen the destruction of neighborhood schools, based on their test scores. They have seen beloved teachers fired unjustly, because of their students' test scores. They have seen the loss of time for the arts, physical education, and anything else that is not tested.

Business Leaders Need Not Apply

William E. White | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
William E. White

The broad realization that business leaders do not hold all the answers had better come soon, because reliance on business leaders in government and public institutions is not arresting the alarming deterioration of our public infrastructure and institutions.

Low Thyroid? Low Function. Hypothyroidism and Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

In diagnosing thyroid conditions, the reference range is the determining factor that delineates a healthy person from one requiring intervention and medication. Sadly, there are flaws with this system that often lead to people being missed and bypassed for needed treatment.

Enhancing Student Academic Progress Through Interdisciplinary Environmental Education

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 05.11.2016 | Education
Nichlas Emmons

Making the environment part of our education system will be no simple task, but it is very important. We need to create a more informed American population about real environmental problems.

My Kid's School Eliminated Recess And I'm Worried

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

My child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, I am beginning to wonder if what's wrong is not with my child, but the way they do schooling. I have homeschooled before and am seriously wondering if this should be an option again.

A Field Guide to Standardized Test Advocates

Peter Greene | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Peter Greene

Now that we have entered testing season, it's time to track the annual explosion of testing advocates as they spread far and wide in their attempt to stem the opt out tide and support the test manufacturing industry.

Be Mentally Aware

Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." - William James Is anyone else climbing into this boat and dr...

Don't Count the Numbers

Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd

I was so angry. How could anyone just give up on a child because of a number! Let me back up. Way back to this past summer. Bear with me. I tutor du...

Is Prepping for the SAT Putting Your Children's Personal Information in the Wrong Hands?

Rob Sawicki | Posted 03.23.2016 | Technology
Rob Sawicki

How problematic is it that a service collects personal information from high school-aged students preparing for the SAT's is also owned by the company that uses personal information for dating sites? As a parent, I find the answer to this question quite troubling.

Giving Kids Choices

Elissa Stein | Posted 03.02.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

As the parent of two kids at a specialized high school and PTA co-president at Brooklyn Tech, plus someone who's helped dozens of families navigate the high school process over the past couple of years, I have some advice for the DOE that could make a constructive difference going forward.

Usability Testing CEO is on Mission to Kill Wild HiPPOs

Eric 'E-Rock' Christopher | Posted 03.01.2016 | Business
Eric 'E-Rock' Christopher

Did you know one of the most dangerous animals on the planet is the hippo? Yes! Statistically, hippos actually kill anywhere from 500 to 3,000 peopl...

Opting Out Is the Wrong Choice for Our Kids

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 02.22.2016 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

White parents from well-funded and highly performing areas are participating in petulant, poorly conceived protests that are ultimately affecting inner-city blacks at schools that need the funding and measures of accountability to ensure any hope of progress in performance.

Testing Testing Testing the Line Breaks

James Kim | Posted 02.08.2016 | Training

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The Beauty of 'Difference'

Beth Whitley | Posted 01.25.2017 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Having been catapulted into the world of special needs almost exactly 6 years ago, I have several close friends who have children with DS, and many of them have taken an active and passionate stance against some media's one-sided portrayal of this new test as an unequivocally "good thing."

How Is Student Testing Related to the Asian Tiger Mosquito

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 11.09.2016 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

If you are administration, make sure teachers know they are more than their test scores. If you are a parent, support schools as they experiment with different strategies of implementation as we seek a more rational place with testing.

The People United

David Morris | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Even mighty New York City, with over 8 million people, must go hat in hand to Albany to request permission to reduce city speed limits, install red light cameras, open their courts at night, or raise taxes other than those imposed on property.

Sarah Rich: Finding the Right Pieces

A Teacher Like You | Posted 10.27.2016 | Education
A Teacher Like You

Having such a small amount of confidence and not having teachers who truly, genuinely believe in you can really interfere with your education. Students have to have life lessons to help them survive in the world.

Arne Duncan on Education -- and Injustice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.28.2016 | Education
Fran Moreland Johns

At a recent Commonwealth Club of California program moderated by EdSource editor-at-large John Fensterwald, Duncan spoke briefly about educational gains made during his seven-year term as U.S. Secretary of Education.

I Expect the Highest Scores

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 10.27.2016 | Education
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

A multiple choice test doesn't speak to overall emotional intelligence, or how conscientious he is as a student. It won't measure motivation or empathy for others, nor will it tell you if a student is typically open to new ideas or one who bounces back quickly from disappointment.

"Is My Child Gifted?" Sending Up a Flare from Lake Wobegon

Lori Day | Posted 10.06.2016 | Parents
Lori Day

I just tire of parents who ramble on about presumed or actual giftedness for the purpose of deflecting attention away from other reasons their child is going off the rails in school.

It's Not Just Carmakers Who Cheat

Joel Dreyfuss | Posted 09.26.2016 | Business
Joel Dreyfuss

The news that Volkswagen "cheated" on emissions tests by using software was not a surprise to me. In my day, cheaters were in the minority, but they were a reminders that technologically-driven companies are not necessarily superior in morality, much as they like to proclaim.

Make it Stop

Dean Shareski | Posted 09.15.2016 | Education
Dean Shareski

There are two things that have to happen in order for us to stop repeating the mistakes of LAUSD. First, we have to understand that technology changes the way we learn.