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Gap Years: Are They Effective for Students?

Shayla R. Price | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
Shayla R. Price

In Europe, it's been a longstanding tradition for high school students to embark on a "gap year" of traveling and volunteering before entering their...

The Impact and Lasting Legacy of Ferguson, Missouri and Michael Brown

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

The world of short blogs and 140 characters is symbolic of the all too prevalent overly simplified analyses, and sensational headlines that might generation "likes" and "retweets," but do not bring us to a better understanding of people, communities or our history.

There Can Be No Successful All-Charter School System

Peter Greene | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The bottom line is that New Jersey charters do not serve the same population as the districts that house them. Specifically, they serve a smaller percentage of poor students and students with extra learning challenges.

Is Your Head of HR Thinking About Supply Chain Management?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

Amidst what seems like 1,000 panel discussions in 1,000 Washington, DC conference rooms every month, a truly revolutionary idea for unlocking business growth emerged from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just before Thanksgiving.

Teachers Receive Failing Grade on Social Media

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Educators who use social media should take the following steps to protect their online reputations and keep from making the kinds of mistakes that could end their teaching careers.

Floating School Proves That Even Natural Disasters Shouldn't Deprive Kids Of Education

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact

Across the globe, 57 million children are deprived of education for a host of unrelenting reasons. But a school that floats on water has proven that i...

Love Yourself Like Willow and Jaden Love Willow and Jaden

Chara Campanella | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Chara Campanella

You know what kids? Love yourselves like Willow and Jaden love Willow and Jaden. You deserve it. You deserve all the insanity and enthusiasm and inspiration of youth. Life will get complicated and soon enough you'll have to pay for your own car insurance.

If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed.

Afterthoughts

Ginny Gilder | Posted 11.21.2014 | College
Ginny Gilder

Although I don't feel any less unhappy over the fake classes, manipulated transcripts, and unfair advantage taken of both student athletes and competitors, I am reminded to tread a bit more lightly in my condemnation of the folks who forgot their better selves in going for big wins.

Shouldn't Educators Be The Ones Discussing Education On Cable News?

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters, ...

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

What He Doesn't Know

Debra Pickett | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

My boy was as amazing as I'd ever dared dream him to be. His "school self" was what I aspire to be on my best days. It was a joy to watch. I could have stayed forever in that moment.

The Greatest Power and Privilege of All

Isa Adney | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
Isa Adney

Love may not raise test scores. But I think it creates the kind of safety net that helps people develop the kind of resilience and skills and motivation they need to fight through whatever lack of privilege they may have been born into.

The Alchemy of Purpose

Greg Woodburn | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

It seems to me that the Social Innovator's Dilemma is how we balance the patience required for building enduring impact with the urgency that compels us to impassioned action.

National Service and My Brother's Keeper

The Corps Network | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
The Corps Network

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network This post was originally published on The Corps Network's website. Recently released repo...

It's Not Too Late to Add Real Estate to a Retirement Plan

Dean Graziosi | Posted 11.20.2014 | Money
Dean Graziosi

Single family homes are still a great asset, but getting creative can provide alternatives that involve less competition and at far higher yields than other investment types.

Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were.

The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager

Michael Mulligan | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
Michael Mulligan

he millennials are accomplishing great things. But too many of them look inside only to peer into a void that we, at least in part, have helped to create. In our efforts to push our kids ahead, we have forgotten to ask why pushing ahead is important in the first place.

How Universal Access to Technology Could Advance Evidence-Based Reform. Or Not.

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Even as technology's past should make us wary of unsupported claims and premature enthusiasm, the future can be different. In all areas of technology other than education, a time of tinkering yields to a time of solid accomplishment. This can happen in education, too.

It Is Time for an International Children's Court

Gordon Brown | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

While no human rights treaty is more widely ratified than the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and while governments are required to report on their compliance on children's rights once every five years, little is done in practice to end the violation of children's rights. It is time for an International Children's Court.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

Breaking a Silence -- Colleges and the Changing World of Work

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

Wages have been stagnate for years. As Steven Baker put it in the New York Times, the recession, "devastating for working people everywhere in America," followed decades of largely flat wages.

'The Smartest Kids in the World'

John M. Eger | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
John M. Eger

There is no either/or, no STEAM versus STEM.

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

Laura Wellington | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Laura Wellington

To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society.

Judge Hearing Lawsuit Over Pledge Of Allegiance's 'Under God'

AP | DAVID PORTER | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys offered contrasting interpretations of the Pledge of Allegiance during oral arguments Wednesday in a New Jersey fami...