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Why Teachers Weren't Invited to the Table

Peter Greene | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This month has been declared New Conversation Month by reformsters. Teachers are being offered (in vaguely non-specific ways) some sort of seats at various tables. Unfortunately, this largesse underlines just how much teachers have not been included in conversations about public education.

Harnessing the Power of Curiosity

David Blake | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
David Blake

Something any good teacher knows: It is not enough to simply make information available. Most of us need to be motivated to learn. We need to be curious.

The Games Charter Schools Play

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Welcome to the World of Charter Chutzpah! Charters as business windfall, with kids coming in a distant second, except as stage extras when charters march for even more money.

California's Early Learning Momentum Goes on

Deborah Kong | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

We must continue to raise quality in order to provide children with the kind of early experiences that are proven to boost high school graduation, increase college enrollment and completion, reduce crime and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century.

The 4 Questions Parents Should Ask Before Helping a Child

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

As the school year progresses, many parents want to know how they can help their child learn. We asked teachers and educators, "What are the two traits parents should focus on to assist children this school year?"

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Research clearly demonstrates that integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom is good for both students and the adults who work with them. But there's a story that the research hasn't captured -- the one of powerful transformation.

Students of Jefferson County Colorado Give the Nation a History Lesson

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Right-wing critics adhere to a rigid ideological script that has no room for student protest. Yet, along with the students, there are parents, teachers, and even the educators in charge of the AP curriculum who are saying history should never be sanitized.

Harvard, Schmarvard; Why Getting Your Kids Into College Should Be the Least of Your Concerns

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

For some parents, college acceptance approaches the culmination of every single parenting choice ever made. It can seem the ultimate goal, the ROI of parenthood, the final gold award and the epitome of a parenting job well done.

Building the University of the Future

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.28.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

With the underlying forces of mobile, social, cloud and the rising costs of higher education coming to a head, Georgetown University appointed the former CIO for the US Marshals to lead IT and business transformation across the 225 year-old institution.

Underserved Kids Learn A Year's Worth Of Math In 6 Weeks, Thanks To New App

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact

In a developing country where nearly half the population is under 14 years old, one-on-one teaching can be near impossible -- a 90-student classroom i...

Continental-Wide Financing Needed to Strengthen African Universities, Ivorian President Says at AAI Awards Gala

Amini Kajunju | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

In accepting the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award from AAI, H.E. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, called on AAI to launch a continental-wide effort encouraging African countries to pool together their resources and establish a fund to support the organization's work.

Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.26.2014 | World
Zoltan Istvan

Earlier this year, the first mind-to-mind communication took place. Hooked up to brain wave headsets, a researcher in India projected a thought to a colleague in France, and they understood each other. Telepathy went from the pages of science fiction to reality.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24/7 Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 09.26.2014 | Education
Sally Swanson

What happens when a group of accessibility specialists get together? Well, even if you never wondered, let me tell you about a conference I attended recently with a group of like-minded professionals.

Using Failure As an Opportunity to Reflect Instead of Feeling Defeated: Let's Strive to "Fail Better"

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

Failure shouldn't have to make us feel horrible. Instead, let's re-frame how we think about failures in terms of success when we communicate, manage, and educate.

Does Speed Reading Really Work, and If So, How Do You Do It?

Quora | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books

Most people read word by word, and often say the words to themselves using the voices in their heads. Why do we do this? I fully blame kindergarten reading programs, which force children to read out loud both in class and at home.

Or Else

Peter Greene | Posted 09.26.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Or Else is a terrible way to raise children. Having expectations that are so rigid that you have already mapped out the child's life before you meet the child -- that's no way to parent, and it's certainly no way to run a school system.

Cuomo's School Report Card: Far "Below Standard" in the Education of Minority Students

Alan Singer | Posted 09.26.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

Andrew Cuomo is busy seeking reelection and hoping to establish himself as a viable presidential candidate either for 2016 or 2020. In the meantime, he has been abdicating responsibility to ensure a quality education for all students, but especially for minority students.

Colorado Students Are Right: Your History Is Un-American

Jason Endacott | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

I've been paying close attention to the events in Colorado in which students and faculty members of Jefferson County high schools have been protesting the formation of a curriculum review committee that would require students to learn a sanitized version of history that encourages blind patriotism and discourages any sort of protest.

Why Education Is My Ticket to Travel

Katy Miller | Posted 09.25.2014 | Travel
Katy Miller

My first opportunity to visit Europe came during my junior year at university. I'd always wanted to study abroad, but my full-tuition scholarship didn't contribute much toward such far-flung adventures.

Hey! I Am Knocking on Your Door

Bill Couzens | Posted 09.25.2014 | Green
Bill Couzens

While historically it has been difficult to regulate these harmful chemicals today we can create best practices to work towards preventing this from ever happening again in any school.

U.S. Education and the S.A.T. vs. Liberty and Equality

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 09.25.2014 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Since education equals opportunity, our educational system plays a strong role in this tremendous wealth imbalance -- despite efforts to the contrary -- because it unfortunately favors wealth.

Why We Should Care About Boys and Young Men of Color

Tyrone C. Howard | Posted 09.25.2014 | Education
Tyrone C. Howard

My Brother's Keeper is not simply an effort to improve the condition for racial and ethnic minority communities, it is an endeavor of considerable national consequence with a capacity to improve all communities, for all of us.

Educating the Whole Child

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

Our children will not always remember their standardized test scores -- but they will remember those moments when they were challenged, and struggled, and learned, and grew. Success can be defined not by the grade given but by the lessons learned. We must create a system that values those achievements.

What Tony Hsieh, Pro Athletes, the Founder of UGGs and Others Taught Me About Success (Part Three)

Jared Kleinert | Posted 09.25.2014 | Teen
Jared Kleinert

"What I would tell my younger self is that everything always works out. No matter what decision you make, everything always works out. No matter what direction you take, everything always works out."

What Tony Hsieh, Pro Athletes, the Founder of UGGs and Others Taught Me About Success (Part Two)

Jared Kleinert | Posted 09.29.2014 | Teen
Jared Kleinert

Knowing what you do now, if you could have taught yourself and/or done one thing at 18 years old to create a better foundation for your future success, what would it have been and why?