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The Global Search for Education: Racing to the Top at Four

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.01.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We believe that tutoring at such a young age should be done by the parents, not with a hired tutor." -- Michael McCurdy Put down your teddy bear!...

The State Tests Are Over (Should It Be for Good?)

Cory Zacker | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Cory Zacker

Yes, there has to be accountability, but at what cost? Students are spending valuable classroom time doing test prep for months. It's time for this to change and everyone knows it.

National Volunteer Week Challenge: Submit Photos From All 50 States!

Posted 04.23.2012 | Impact

National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, isn't just about random acts of kindness. The movement urges you to make giving back part of your life. Volun...

The 1 Place We Should All Be Volunteering

Michael Lombardo | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Michael Lombardo

At an age when they should be reading to learn, most economically-disadvantaged fourth graders are still learning to read.

Why Johnny Can't Read: Redux

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.13.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

When it comes to school, especially reading, we have designed an entire educational system around the unsupportable and harmful assumption that all children will read at the same time.

Afterschool Program Helps Students Climb to New Heights

Peak Johnson | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
Peak Johnson

Tree House Books, a nonprofit organization in North Philadelphia, works to "grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers" through afterschool and enrichment programs.

Beyond Damage Control: Equipping Parents With Real Tools to Support Their Children in Mexico

Sara Vogel | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Sara Vogel

Parents who at one moment didn't even want to set foot in the school to watch their children give oral presentations now do what they can to support the school: They paint the building, sweep the floors, and cook for students and visitors.

How to Help Our Immigrant Students? Observe How Mexico Is Educating Its Returners

Sara Vogel | Posted 02.15.2012 | Education
Sara Vogel

Educators on both sides of the border must better coordinate efforts to share the joys and problem-solve the challenges that come with educating immigrant students.

New York Non-Profit Attracts Post50 Volunteers

Posted 11.25.2011 | Fifty

Many Post50s are following the path of reinvention, taking up encore careers, starting second acts and receiving standing ovations for seeking new ful...

Where Do Independent Learners Come From? In Mexico, Teachers Experience Them to Foster Them

Sara Vogel | Posted 01.01.2012 | Education
Sara Vogel

By the time I realized I was fostering dependency in my own classroom, it was already too late to turn the ship around. I was left with a burning question: How do we develop independent learners?

What It's Like To Raise A Slacker.. And A Perfectionist

Miriam Novogrodsky | Posted 01.01.2012 | Parents
Miriam Novogrodsky

I have a soft spot for slackers, they are individualists. But as a mother, I'm stumped. I have one slacker and one perfectionist. My slacker was born ...

Atlanta Trying To Raise $600,000 To Tutor Students Affected By Cheating Scandal

The Associated Press | Dorie Turner | Posted 12.26.2011 | Education

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis is trying to raise $600,000 to help tutor students affected by the district's wide...

LISTEN: The Tutoring Boom's 'Tutoring Industrial Complex'

Posted 12.18.2011 | Education

As students settle in to the new school year and as mid-semester grades start trickling in, students who are looking for another boost in their academ...

Tutoring Firm Sabotages Independent High School

Alex Mallory | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
Alex Mallory

On September 28, 2011, the New York Times broke an unprecedented story about the private school world. The tutoring firm, Brattle Street Coaching, ha...

Schools Should Not Be Islands: Building Bridges in Mexico Through Academic Encounters

Sara Vogel | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education
Sara Vogel

This is not just a story of the resiliency of children and adults in distressed communities. It is a moment that demonstrates how important it is for educators -- and students and families -- to communicate and collaborate with each other to promote learning.

How to Fix a Failing School? In Mexico, Work at an Ant's Pace for Big Change

Sara Vogel | Posted 11.14.2011 | Education
Sara Vogel

Students were ready to take on the challenge, not just to teach their classmates how to find the perimeter of a given shape, but to make their school a better place to learn -- a strategy that is rarely employed in failing schools in the U.S.

Replacing Chalk-and-Talk with One-on-One for Better Results in Mexico

Sara Vogel | Posted 10.19.2011 | Education
Sara Vogel

In the U.S., tutoring is synonymous with supplementing what a child learns in the classroom with sessions outside of school. But here in Mexico, Convivencia Educativa imagines one-on-one tutoring as the primary way to educate students.

The Right Time To Hire A Tutor

Posted 10.02.2011 | Parents

Back to school season is right around the corner, and, as parents are busy buying supplies and helping their kids register for classes, many are also ...

The Privatization of Cuban Education

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.24.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Attending private classes compensates for the incredibly low level of secondary and high school educators. Demand is so high that in these last weeks of classes the houses of freelance professors are packed.

"Giving a Year to Change the World, One Student at a Time"

Hahn Chang | Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Hahn Chang

City Year is not about a magic potion to cure all of our students' problems in a night. Instead it is about showing up everyday to the schools, believing in our students and working tirelessly to help them succeed.

Cracking Under Preschool Pressure

Samantha Kurtzman-Counter | Posted 08.02.2011 | Los Angeles
Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

Abundant studies show that social and emotional skills are the most important barometer for kindergarten readiness. So why do parents feel driven to push their kids into academic learning so early?

I got an 'A' and I Didn't Even Study

Alex Mallory | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
Alex Mallory

For most students, the image to cultivate is that of someone who doesn't care, who leaves everything to the last minute, and who miraculously pulls off "A" papers and top test scores.

Isn't Tutoring Just a Crutch?

Alex Mallory | Posted 07.11.2011 | Education
Alex Mallory

I receive phone calls from parents who have been wrestling with the consequences of private tutoring. Their concern is that tutoring is, at best, a band-aid and, at worst, a crutch.

Volumes Of Success: Chicago Bookstore Tutors Thousands Of Kids

Posted 06.19.2011 | Education

Open Books -- known as "the most beautiful bookstore in Chicago" -- houses more than 50,000 books and countless stories of student achievement. Stack...

SHSAT Is the Golden Ticket

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.13.2011 | College
Alex Mallory

For many students in New York City, the less well-known high school exam, the SHSAT, may be the most important standardized test of their academic careers.