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What Does a Common Core/Danielson Lesson Plan Look Like?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Is Common Core required? Are teachers being evaluated based on Common Core? What does a Common Core/Danielson lesson plan look like? The answers to these questions are both simple and complicated.

The Beautiful and the Brave: Cameron Russell's Astonishing TED Talk

Ira Israel | Posted 10.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Ira Israel

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post. Kudos to the extraordinarily brave Cameron Russell whose TEDTalk ...

Is Billionaire Philanthropy Fueling Inequality? | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact

Peter Buffett, the second son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, worries that the state of philanthropy in America “just keeps the existing str...

Learning Revolution Comes to the Workplace

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Julian L. Alssid

I think it's pretty obvious by now that Washington lawmakers are not going to lead us to robust economic recovery and employment any time soon. The evidence just keeps mounting.

Remediation Nation: A Blueprint for Collaboration Between Gates, Lumina & National Association for Developmental Education

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Shedding the label of "remediation nation" will take creativity, commitment, collaboration, and a larger vision for the success of the whole person--not just the academic student, the dropout, the fast food worker, the graduate, or the successful and contributing member of society.

KITE: Making Humans Invisible to Mosquitos

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Perhaps the best part about KITE, from a consumer perspective, is that it's super easy to use. You simply place a colorful sticker on your clothes, and the device blinds mosquitos to your very existence for the next 48 hours.

7 Things Educators Want To Tell Bill Gates

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

Just five years after leaving the day-to-day operations of Microsoft, Bill Gates has become a major player in education policy -- and some teachers ar...

An Ocean Irony

Peter Neill | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Would I enjoy an overnight stay in one of those underwater rooms? Yes, I confess I would. But would I invest in those hotels versus in Mr. Rezwan's floating schools? No, I confess I would not.

Are Schools of Education Why Children Don't Learn? Reclaiming the Conversation on Education

Alan Singer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Alan Singer

I will not defend every school of education and every professor that works there, but I know we are not "the problem" with education in the United States.

Buffett Donates Big To Gates Foundation

AP | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact

OMAHA, Neb. -- Billionaire Warren Buffett is giving five charities more than $2.6 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock as part of his overal...

Celebrating Extraordinary Men This Father's Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

As Father's Day approaches, I want to pay tribute to all the fathers who share the hopes and dreams of their wives and daughters and, in so doing, help drive development.

Ten Urgent Reasons Why We Must Do More For Women and Girls

Impatient Optimists | Posted 08.03.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

There are way more than ten reasons, honestly, that we need to do more to empower women and girls, around the world. But the ten tweets below are an e...

The Toughest Places to Be a Mother

Mary Beth Powers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mary Beth Powers

Imagine giving birth in one of the bottom-ranked countries. Your family's income may be less than $200 a person for the whole year. There's a good chance you were married as a child. If this is your first pregnancy, you may still be under 18.

Empowered Women Make Nations Strong

Melinda Gates | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

If women everywhere had the power to determine their futures, the world would be forever transformed.

Bringing Quality to Competency

John D. Haeger | Posted 07.28.2013 | College
John D. Haeger

What are the most effective ways to measure and assure student learning? How do we increase retention and graduation rates? What responses can we offer to rising student costs and falling state support?

Location Matters: A Small Tweak Brings Clean Water Innovations to 5 Million People

Maura O'Neill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

From the hills of western Kenya to the coastlines of Haiti, blue bins are popping up unexpectedly across local landscapes.

Common Core: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Common Core standard needs to be separated from the push by publishers to sell for material, the high-stakes testing of children, and from the evaluation of teachers.

It's Time to Go Beyond the Credit Hour

Impatient Optimists | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Impatient Optimists

At a time when students and families are seeking value in higher education, programs cost too much and too often fail to deliver on their promise of a...

To Empower Women, Don't Forget the Men

Impatient Optimists | Posted 07.21.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

It's a sweltering afternoon at the village school in Binkolo, in northern Sierra Leone. The "students"--a group of 50 men, ranging in age from their e...

The Time Steve Jobs Stiffed Bill Gates For Dinner

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.14.2013 | Technology

While CBS's Charlie Rose spent the majority of his talk with Bill Gates discussing his charitable work curing diseases and making toilets, the "60 Min...

From School Reform to Reform School

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.07.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Allocating one day out of 180 days of teaching to celebrate teachers when they are put down the rest of the year is just patronizing. If we really want to honor and celebrate teachers, let's show them some respect, support and encouragement.

On Molly Melching and However Long the Night

Melinda Gates | Posted 07.03.2013 | Books
Melinda Gates

Empowered, mobilized communities don't just address one single issue, such as female genital cutting; they work steadily to recognize and then meet all their needs.

Rural Women in India are "Leaning In"

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.29.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

By now, you have probably read about or even finished Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. In it, she talks about the barriers that women face in the workp...

It's Time to Go Beyond the Credit Hour

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

At a time when students and families are seeking value in higher education, programs cost too much and too often fail to deliver on their promise of a...

Why We Need (And Want) Mothers to Speak Up On Behalf of Newborn Health

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Newborn health was the topic of a global conversation last week, as you no doubt know if you’ve been following along on Impatient Optimists. In ...