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Academic Achievement

Return on Performance in Higher Education

Joseph Urgo | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Joseph Urgo

Return on Performance: let's be honest with students and their families when they are choosing a college. Tuition does not purchase a degree. Tuition purchases the opportunity to learn how to succeed.

The Overachiever's Guide to Senior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 10.19.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

For nearly two decades, I've been committed to preparing the most inspiring and motivated college students for graduate/professional school and lifelong achievement. I have learned that my very best students were focused, driven, and disciplined enough to follow these key steps-to-success during their senior year.

Teacher Collaboration for the Sake of Academic Development in PreK-6 English Language Learners

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Education
Dorit Sasson

Research shows that the most common problems English language learners is that of understanding meaning of academic texts. Teachers need to ensure they are also helping their students making important literary and deeper comprehension connections.

Using Research to Ensure an Education Program Actually Works

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

In the early 1990's I was hired as the principal of a school that was slated for closure in one year, and so my job was to prepare the students to ...

Why Don't Kids Trust Us?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Our society is more fractured than we may realize. The 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual survey, found only 18 percent of Americans expected bu...

Measuring the Impact of Scientific Articles

A. Townsend Peterson | Posted 07.19.2014 | Science
A. Townsend Peterson

Not all papers published in a particular journal, whatever its impact factor may be, will have the same impact: Good papers can come from trivial journals, and good journals can publish inconsequential papers. So how should academic production be evaluated as regards its importance and real "impact" on science?

Coaching Contracts: Should Athletics Trump Academics?

Dr. Matt Wilson | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Dr. Matt Wilson

What if a coach's potential athletic incentives were tied to the team's APR or graduation rate benchmarks?

What Parents Can Do to Ensure All Kids Succeed

Alexis Glick | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Alexis Glick

The science is now beyond doubt: better nourished, physically active kids learn more and perform better at test time and beyond

Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note-taking

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.30.2014 | College
Wray Herbert

Two Princeton University psychological scientists wondered if laptops, despite their plusses, might lead to a shallower kind of cognitive processing, and to lower quality learning. They decided to test the old and the new in a head-to-head contest.

The Most Focused Kids in the World?

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.09.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Author Amanda Ripley makes a convincing case for institutional change, especially for revamping teacher training in a way that validates the hard work of teaching kids. But how do such institutional differences actually play out in the Finnish classrooms?

3 Simple Solutions to Help Reduce Childhood Stress and Boost Your Child's Academic Potential

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

I'm going to share some quick and easy examples of ways that you can help lower your child's stress levels and boost your child's academic potential.

Academe's Adversarial Culture

Gary A. Olson | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Gary A. Olson

Far from a grand us-versus-them conspiracy, the scenario you will find without fail in every institution will be the same: Each administrator arguing vociferously and tenaciously for his or her faculty, staff, and programs.

I'm With Stupid: Urine -- It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.02.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Obviously, the idea of urine powering a cellphone is inherently funny because I would have no idea where to pee in my phone, unless there's an app for that. I'd also have a hard time doing it, for philosophical and physical reasons.

It Just Takes Everything We're Not Doing Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We know how to make a positive difference in the lives of so many poor Black males. But we have to close the gap between what we know and what we do. We don't have to keep doing the things we're getting wrong.

Are You Helping Your Child Succeed in School?

Elizabeth Romero | Posted 08.25.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth Romero

Research has confirmed that parent involvement positively correlates with academic success, regardless of parents' level of education or income. That's good news, but how do you know if you are doing this part of your parenting job correctly?

From the 'K'radle of Kindergarten to the Glory of Graduation

Kelly Trotter King | Posted 08.10.2013 | Parents
Kelly Trotter King

We all know that it takes a village nowadays to raise our children and carry them from Kindergarten to graduation, so consider today the day you just added me to your personal village.

The Milestones American Parents Should Prioritize

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Every society values its own skill sets for its own reasons. The problem in America is that, while we excel at raising spectacularly verbal kids, we have lost sight of other values that we need to foster in our children.

New Research Shows Positive Interventions Help Latino Students Confront the 'Stereotype Threat'

Michaela Pommells | Posted 05.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Although multicultural education has sometimes proven to be an effective means of supporting the school experiences of students of color, this study shows that psychological intervention has a positive impact on the academic achievement of Latino students.

For Every Mile of Road, There are Two Miles of Ditches

Chris Maples | Posted 04.09.2013 | Technology
Chris Maples

These are historic times, when type of degree and field of study are critical for moving the country and economy ahead. By really looking down the road, whether on a bike or at a university, we will be better prepared for what lies ahead.

In Fixing Schools, Bay Area City Looks To Harlem Model

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.12.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: JENNY BOLARIO/Youth Radio A mural on the wall of Harder Elementary School in the Hayward Promise Neighborhood. Youth Radio/New America...

The Other Side of the School Equation

Paula White | Posted 02.15.2013 | Education
Paula White

Unlike many in my field, I happen to believe that test scores really do matter. However, after more than a decade as an educator and more than two decades as a parent, I understand clearly that other things matter too.

It's Time to Put Youth Sports Back in the Game

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 02.05.2013 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

Last month's election was monumental for young people in California. Voters approved the first statewide tax increase since 2004, dodging $6 billion in cuts that would have crippled our public schools and universities.

Youth Sports and Academic Achievement

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education
Anita L. DeFrantz

We also need to know the extent to which the positive outcomes associated with high school sports extend to middle and elementary school sports participants. In a nation suffering from an epidemic of school dropouts, these are important questions.

A Safe Place to Be Smart: The Bronx High School of Science

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.22.2012 | New York
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Whoever goes to Bronx Science today, or tomorrow, will discover that it is safe to be smart. They will see that learning, mastering knowledge and valuing thinking are gifts that keep on giving.

The Faulty Conclusion of Education Reform

Tony Zini | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Tony Zini

The reason for blaming teachers comes from the premise "the teacher has the biggest impact on student achievement" but as Richard Rothstein at the Economic Policy Institute points out the rub is that the research refers to in-school influence.