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Tackling the Engagement Gap

Sean Slade | Posted 08.29.2016 | Education
Sean Slade

What would happen if we focused on the process of learning rather than just the metric to judge it by? Would it change that much? Probably.

What Do We Mean by a Quality Education?

Sean Slade | Posted 02.22.2017 | Impact
Sean Slade

Goal 4 of the SDGs was a unique goal focused purely on education. This is the first time such a standalone education goal has been set and ratified.

New Rochelle, NY Students Pursue Extraordinary Opportunities in the Arts

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 12.23.2016 | Arts
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

Even with continual threats to maintaining funding for arts education, New Rochelle schools continue to deliver these kinds of enriching experiences, a demonstration of our unflagging commitment to educating the whole child through art, dance, music and theatre.

Poverty Affects Education--And Our Systems Perpetuate It

Sean Slade | Posted 07.24.2016 | Education
Sean Slade

Poverty affects our education, our economy, and our future. It is becoming the norm, and we appear reluctant to address it. We have the steps in place to change it--and we've had these steps for over half a century. What has been waning is our will to act and our determination to succeed.

Let's Make 2015 the Year of the Whole Child

Becky Pringle | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Becky Pringle

We need to provide paths for educators to become leaders outside their classrooms in order to make sure schools and communities are meeting the needs of the whole child.

What Is a Teacher Leader? What Should It Be?

Sean Slade | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Sean Slade

Teachers have long wanted a say in how schools operate, but the system as a whole hasn't been prepared to accommodate their voices. But more often than not, these teacher leader roles have developed by osmosis rather than intent or planning.

Raising a Risk Taker

Sean Slade | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Sean Slade

When we hear the phrase "risk taking," we often think of harm or danger. However, the act of growing, developing, and discovering yourself necessarily involves risk.

Specialist Teachers in Elementary Classrooms?

Nancy Pine | Posted 09.12.2012 | Education
Nancy Pine

Although it's tempting to push for more specialization for individual teachers, there is something to be said for knowing the whole person in the elementary school setting.

In Support of the Whole Child

Sean Slade | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

A holistic approach brings together elements that support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged, seeking to ensure all that is required for successful life and preparation for society.

Educating the Whole Child

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Somehow, the belief that better physical, emotional, and spiritual health generates happier, more productive citizens is quickly becoming accepted as a fact in our culture, yet education has largely been moving in the opposite direction.

Live Wholeheartedly This Valentine's Day

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

Whole-hearted living is where we allow ourselves to taste the whole broad spectrum of emotions -- living life. When we live life fully we open up to the capacity for real joy because we live in uncertainty and vulnerability.

A Whole Child Petition

Sean Slade | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

What is a whole child approach to education? It is an education that enhances learning by addressing each student's social, emotional, physical, and a...

Relationships Matter

Sean Slade | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

Whether it be inside the classroom, outside the school, between peers, teachers or families, relationships are key to student success and growth.

Why Education?

Sean Slade | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Why do we have education? What is the rationale behind schooling? Is it just to transfer content knowledge or is that just a part of a larger picture?

School Reform by Making a Headline or by Reading the Book?

Sean Slade | Posted 08.09.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

School reform has been the flavor of the month for quite a few months now. However, what we have seen has not been discussion or debate about what constitutes sound reform, but rather debate by headline.

The Child Walking Through Schoolhouse Doors Enters a World

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

The current conversation may be linked to the issue of bullying; however, we should not assume that a positive school climate affects only a defined behavior or set of skills.

Moving Forward or Chasing Our Own Tail?

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Shouldn't we be more geared toward discovering what we want our education system to do in the broadest sense than myopically focused on where we rank?

Respecting Education

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Respect. That was a key word in the President's State of the Union speech last month. It's something we haven't been doing too much of lately.

Empowerment, Respect and Health

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Manzanita SEED, a small, Spanish-English immersion elementary school in Oakland, was one of two schools in California to win the 2010 National Title I Distinguished School Award for raising test scores.

A Response to 'Cash for Grades'

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

The bottom line unfortunately is that cash rewards generally don't work and, if they do, they only work for the short term rather than inspiring kids to learn for the long haul.