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Rising #UpForSchool

Sarah Brown | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Sarah Brown

Despite promises made by world leaders, progress on education has stalled, financial aid to basic education is being reduced and both schools and school children are under attack. And now young people see an attack on one student as an attack on them all.

The True Story of Public Education in America

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Instead of starving our schools of critical funding and pushing market-based, test-driven policies that ultimately fail our kids, we should be relying on evidence and input from those closest to the classroom to find solutions that work.

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!

When Many Speak as One, Anything Can Change

Melanie Lundquist | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Melanie Lundquist

There is a critical election in California that offers reformers across the country a historic chance to speak with a cohesive voice and to make a decisive shift in the paradigm that shapes the debate over the course of public education in the U.S.

The Indigenous Language Challenge

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Colleen M Fitzgerald

People are posting videos where they take on dramatic challenges and tag others to join in. It's an energetic effort to raise awareness ... to use Native American languages.

Options to Reduce Higher Education Textbook Costs

S. L. Young | Posted 09.19.2014 | College
S. L. Young

Paying for higher education is a major life expense and investment; however, the unknown costs to pay for textbooks can be overwhelming.

How to Get Educated for Free

Steve Caldwell | Posted 09.19.2014 | Business
Steve Caldwell

What could you do with the time you currently have that is 'dead' time? You know, the time waiting in lines, driving the car, getting ready in the morning, the few minutes in bed before you go to sleep.

3 Data Protection Questions to Ask at Your Child's Back to School Night

Jim Steyer | Posted 09.19.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

By raising some of these important questions about data privacy, you will let them know that it's an issue that is a priority for you and should be for school administrators and teachers as well.

Illinois Has 21 of the Best High-Poverty High Schools in the Country

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.19.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois had 16 schools in Newsweek's new rankings of the top 500 high schools in the country. But in a different list that focused on low-income stu...

It's Time to Reimagine School Information

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

By John Bailey and Tom Vander Ark "Let me Google that." "Google" has become a universal term for finding information online, and was officially reco...

It's Time to Rethink Native Mascots

Matt Kramer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Education
Matt Kramer

When we use imagery that makes an entire community feel excluded and diminished, exactly what tradition are we celebrating?

Balancing Efficiency and Quality in Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

To some, making education more efficient is simply a matter of better budget management and improved allocation of resources. But to many others, speaking in these terms at all when talking about a child's right to learn seems inappropriate.

Playful Banter or Bullying -- Whose Perception Matters?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

We need to stop arguing over the definition of bullying and trying to objectively indentify it. Instead, we need to listen when youth say they've been bullied.

Superintendent Leadership: Does It Really Matter?

Becca Bracy Knight | Posted 09.18.2014 | Education
Becca Bracy Knight

Our observations of urban system leadership over the past dozen years suggest several opportunities for improving the impact of school district leaders:

The Problem With Sweeping Reform

Elissa Stein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

No, the current test is not perfect but, because of its right/wrong structure results are unbiased and objective. There's no room for personal interpretation, favoritism, or different standards for different cultural groups. The mayor wants to change this. But he's on shaky ground.

Internship Practices That Can Help You Succeed in College and Beyond

Chuck Cohn | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

During your internship, you will learn not just the skills, but also the practices necessary to succeed in college and in your chosen occupation. Here are four valuable lessons you will learn.

#AfterFerguson: Faith-based Organizing's Approach

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Ana Garcia-Ashley

While what we at Gamaliel fight on are depressing issues, right now, at least, I'm kind of giddy. It's not often that a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist basically endorses everything we are doing.

Watch These Adults Fail At 5th-Grade Math, Feel Better About Your Own Struggles

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents

For those of you who feel like you're not exactly Einsteins when it comes to helping your kids with their math homework, you're not alone. In the a...

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

On Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Poverty isn't like polio, which can be cured in one treatment. The factors that lead to a child being in a disadvantaged family at preschool are likely to persist afterwards, and top-quality education is needed at every age to help children overcome effects of poverty.

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

Keeping Up With Tech-Savvy Kids

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The younger generation has always been a step ahead in adapting to new technologies and platforms. Modern smartphones and tablets have allowed them to evolve into true "digital natives" as opposed to their parents' generation of "digital immigrants."

What Prison Taught Me About Mindfulness

Frank Niles, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Niles, Ph.D.

They aren't the uni-dimensional individuals their online mug shots might suggest, but rather living, breathing, thinking and feeling human beings with aspirations, abilities and of course, regrets. It was a powerful reminder that we need not be defined by our circumstances.