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Corralling Support for a Common Core

John M. Eger | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
John M. Eger

If the naysayers don't kill the movement first, the effort to mold a new curriculum for the states offers tremendous opportunities to transform education.

Ed Today: Iowa Education Reform Plan, Texas Budget Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Ed Reform Coming To Iowa? Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad is planning a big, $187 million push on education this year, reports KCRG. "We have many good schools with committed educators, but they are stuck in a system designed for the 20th century, not the 21st century. I am ready to invest significant resources into these educational reforms, which truly have the power to dramatically raise achievement," Branstad said. "I do not believe we should spend even one minute discussing additional resources to prop up our current educational structure until we have first agreed on the reforms our children need."

The Importance of Connections in the Classroom

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 01.11.2013 | Education
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

The most important job we teachers have is giving our students a loving, safe place to connect with each other, with teachers, and with the curriculum.

Ed Today: Education Rankings, Anti-Common Core Alliance

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Who Is The Biggest (Educational) Loser? As we reported yesterday, Education Week released its Quality Counts report, one of the most comprehensive education rankings in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, Maryland came out on top. Who can in last? South Dakota. Things like rankings can be a bit trickier than they appear -- for example, some of the differences between states might not be statistically significant. But they are incredibly useful, at least politically.

A Broader Bolder Approach to the Common Core Engages the Whole Child and All Children

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.10.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

As more states move to implement the Common Core State Standards, we should applaud the movement's potential benefits, but also recognize its limitations.

Common Core Standards for Parents Part 2

Rob Furman | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Rob Furman

The need for parents to once again accept accountability for their own children is paramount. The following is Part 2 of the Common Core Standards for Parents. Again, please feel free to add your own standards below in the comments section.

Common Core: The Death of Literature? Hardly

Stephen Chiger | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Stephen Chiger

Literature is irreplaceable; it enables teachers to develop skills that other types of writing don't. And since it's on the hot seat, it's time those of us who love teaching literature got clearer about exactly why we do.

States Nervous About New Common Core School Standards

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

The Role of Fiction in the High School English Language Arts Classroom

Susan Pimentel | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Susan Pimentel

Said plainly, stories, drama, poetry, and other literature account for the majority of reading that students will do in the high school ELA classroom.

Common Core Standards for Parents

Rob Furman | Posted 02.09.2013 | Education
Rob Furman

In an age where the word "accountability" is swung around like a baseball bat at Fenway Park, it is interesting to note which groups of people are actually struck with the word and which are not. You hear about teacher accountability all the time, but what about parent accountability?

No More 'Catcher In The Rye'

Posted 12.14.2012 | Education

Concern is growing among teachers and parents that literary classics will go the way of the dinosaurs under a set of new national curricular standards...

The Common Core Must Include Computer Science

Maggie Johnson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Technology
Maggie Johnson

We need computer science in K-12 curriculum, both as standalone courses and integrated into math and science.

How to Save Common Core

John Thompson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education
John Thompson

"Reformers" must choose between their value-added models and top down micromanaging of "innovations" and their desire to teach for college and career readiness.

Joy Resmovits

National Vocabulary Test Sheds Light On Reading 'Crisis', Experts Say | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

If you can identify the meaning of the word "prospered" within a passage, chances are you know more vocabulary than most American high school seniors....

So Just What Are the Common Core Standards?

Rae Ann Knopf | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
Rae Ann Knopf

It's difficult to establish a common set of high expectations for public education across the states -- unless, that is, we first establish a common and consistent understanding from school to school and state to state about what a high-quality education should look like.

Chicago Schools Start To See Fruits Of New Common Core

Posted 12.04.2012 | Education

As a guinea pig in a nationwide experiment, Chicago's Philip D. Armour Elementary School is seeing drastic improvements in student performance. Eve...

Joy Resmovits

Are We Spending Too Little On Standardized Tests? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

Matt Chingos has an idea that will likely roil the scores of parents and teachers who think the U.S. tests its students too much: we might actually sp...

Financial, Educational Insolvency Looms For New York Schools

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

More than half of New York's superintendents say they won't be able to keep up with student instruction mandates, and 41 percent say it'll only be two...

2nd Term Education Agenda Driven By Uncertainty, Things That Can't Wait

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's education agenda for next four years may look less like real reform and more like tying up loose ends, exp...

Education 'Insiders' Extremely Skeptical Of Positive Education Reform Post-Election

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

Education consulting group Whiteboard Advisors recently conducted surveys of 50-75 anonymous political and policy “insiders” prior to and in the a...

Hamlet and our Problems: Reimagining and Recharging Teachers in the Era of Common Core

Stephen Chiger | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
Stephen Chiger

If learning is so great, after all, shouldn't our students see us doing it all the time? Shouldn't we be encouraged to be hungry for new ideas the way we tell our children to be?

Kansas Board Of Education To Discuss Future Of Cursive Writing In Curriculums

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

The Kansas State Board of Education will discuss the role of cursive handwriting in school curriculums during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Wich...

Joy Resmovits

Glenda Ritz Defeats Republican Schools Chief In Indiana Upset | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- When Indiana won the "Education Reform Idol" competition organized by the right-wing think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute, it was policy...

North Carolina District Will No Longer Require Cursive

Posted 11.06.2012 | Education

Joining school systems in Hawaii, Indiana and elsewhere across the country, Pitt County Schools in North Carolina will no longer require its students ...

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

William H. Schmidt | Posted 01.05.2013 | Education
William H. Schmidt

The good news is that teachers and parents are open to the idea of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The bad news is that parents and teachers don't have a lot of information about what the Common Core really is