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Joy Resmovits

These Students Were Falling Through The Cracks When It Came To Bullying

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

When a 10-year-old student with ADHD and a speech disability talks in a high-pitched voice, gym class can become a nightmare. Other students call him ...

What Exactly Is the 'Real World'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real maturity is when one comes full circle, realizing that imagination, romance and ideals are the "real world." The other stuff is only a tedious interlude to endure until you regain your perspective.

7 Bogus Assumptions of Education Reform

Peter Greene | Posted 10.08.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Some of the classic Not-Entirely-Truisms of the Reformster Movement have been quietly retired. For instance, one rarely hears the claim that teachers had major input in creating the Common Core anymore because there's hardly a soul left who can say it with a straight face.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

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.

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!

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.

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.

The Great School Reform Runaround

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.

Why Education Policies Are Destroying Education in Under 2 Minutes (VIDEO)

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

I did my best to sum up how education policies are destroying education and, more importantly, harmful to students, on a recent HuffPost Live segment.

A Back-to-School Supply List for Administrators and Policymakers

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Some of the supplies listed are for students, some are for teachers, and some are for you, so that you can better understand what teachers need and do. We'll start with the "easy" supplies first -- the literal ones.

Joy Resmovits

Is This The Secret To Improving America's Schools?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

As the debate rages about the best way to fix America's public schools -- from heated rhetoric on the role of standardized testing to wonkier discussi...

The Myth of the Rational Health Care Consumer

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In a rational model of health care, the consumer must have the ability to distinguish bad products from good, and must have enough information and emotional distance to make purely rational choices about their or their loved ones' health care. There are a number of reasons this simply is not the case.

Reading by Third Grade - Or Else

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Given the well-founded concern about third grade reading, you'd imagine that policymakers would be rushing to implement proven approaches. But the reality is otherwise.

My Teacher Family Urges "Yes" on Pending California EpiPen Bill

Megan Pincus Kajitani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Megan Pincus Kajitani

Our toddler daughter stopped breathing in our arms after eating a bite of food to which she was severely allergic. The EpiPen injection we quickly gave her likely saved her life.

Education Data Use Has Come a Long Way and Needs to Go Further

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Education data are in the spotlight like never before. More people than ever are talking about data's power to transform systems and help students ach...

Myth of the Month: Anything Would Be Better Than Common Core

Linda Rosen | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

If you're not worried by the direction of recent political opposition to the Common Core State Standards, you should be.

Teachers Occupy the US Department of Education in Washington, DC

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teaching is an issue near and dear to my heart. It was my dream when I was younger -- I would line-up my stuffed animals, and my little sister, and teach to them for hours. Even at the age of seven, I understood what it meant to engage my students.

An Open Letter To My Son's Kindergarten Teacher

Philip Kovacs | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Philip Kovacs

It concerns me a bit that you are going to require him to "With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers." Did you know there are countries that don't teach reading and writing until kids are 7? Seven years old!

South Africa's Missing Genius Children

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Vashthi Nepaul

Today I want to talk about 'a good education,' one of the priority areas for the United Nations My World Global Survey. But there is a specific segment of education which I believe is being overlooked to our detriment.

5 Ways Teacher-Powered Schools Are Transforming American Public Education

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 09.22.2014 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

Teacher-powered schools are not a panacea for America's education problems. Yet the growing interest in these schools -- and the solutions and alternatives they provide -- shows we need to seriously explore how teacher-powered schools can be a part of our strategy to find solutions.

On Teacher Evaluation

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In concept, evaluating teachers makes perfect sense. In what private company are employees not evaluated and held accountable for their contribution to their company's bottom line? In practice, evaluating teachers is not so easy.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Plans To Tackle Major Education Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students o...

Navigating the Culture of Schools and Communities

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Brooke Troutman, a Northwestern University intern with the Coalition for Community Schools, at the Institute for Educational Leadership, contributed t...

Deserving of Celebration: Public Education Done Right

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Student poverty needn't be an "intractable" issue that we can't address, or that we must set aside while we "fix" public schools. Rather, our schools are microcosms of our increasingly diverse, but also increasingly unequal, country.