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Joy Resmovits

Is The Obama Administration Backing Away From Standardized Testing? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educ...

Pondering the Future of Learning

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Marcus T. Wright

The biggest question on my mind -- and I'm sure on the mind of many others -- is simply, what is the future of learning? Not necessarily education. While I think that the conversation on education has been interesting and very necessary, my focus lies on the concept of learning itself.

Teaching Mindfulness to Teenagers: 5 Ways to Get Started

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

If we want students to take mindfulness seriously, they need to see it in action. They need to see us paying attention and handling challenges skillfully. Those millennial Holden Caulfields can spot a phony a mile away.

How Campbell Brown's Education Reform Group Will Anger Republicans

John A. Tures | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

While pro-Republican partisans seem to be exiting the fight, former members of the media, and key Democratic strategists connecting to Clinton and Obama, are leading the fight.

Daily Meditation: Champions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

18 Tips for New Teachers

Greg Schwanbeck | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Greg Schwanbeck

While trying to catch my last wave or last fish of the summer, I begin a mental routine that energizes me and prepares me for the next ten months of teaching and learning. Part of this routine involves a series of affirmations I use to update and re-familiarize myself with my teaching philosophies and techniques.

Racism: Who Is Guilty? Who Is Not Guilty?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Malcolm Boyd

The point is that black American life and white American life stay rigidly separated at absolutely key moments of human communication. Do some people feel they are "better" than some other people? Or maybe it's not that at all. Does it, in fact, cut far deeper?

The Promise -- and Challenges -- Of Universal Pre-K

Tom Allon | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Tom Allon

The mere existence of universal pre-k in New York is a giant step in the right direction. Amidst the hue and cry over dismal state test scores for third and eighth graders, we now have a new grade being established which can only be positive. But along with great opportunity comes great responsibility.

An Interview With Dr. Yohuru Williams on Corporate Education Reform: 'We Aren't Buying It."

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

As millions of teachers and students head back to school in the upcoming weeks, Dr. Williams wanted to inspire public educators, despite the many hardships they face, to find a way to become more involved, on the activist front, in this war on public education.

The Solution to the Problem of Unequal Schooling: Standards

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Dr. Gail Gross

As education is funded by real estate taxes, there will always be savage inequalities in schools across America. Lower real estate taxes, from impoverished neighborhoods, guarantee that students will have poorer buildings, less equipment, fewer microscopes, books and supplies.

How One Man Helps Others Suffering From Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living

One man's struggles with bipolar disorder inspired him to help others suffering from mental illness -- by finding a way to connect with them directly....

Education, Education, Education and the Role We Play in Its Unfolding

David Scott Clegg | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

I am an educator. This is true. Education has been where my passion has met with purpose for nearly a quarter century. I am an educator. And so are you.

Let's Stop Whistling Dixie: Missouri's Toxic Political Culture Must Change

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It's time for Missouri's right-wingers to leave the nineteenth century behind. It is time for all Missourians -- indeed, time for all Americans -- to start building a more just and equitable world, one free of institutional racism and yawning racial disparities.

Obama: Ferguson Highlights Need For More Black Youth Mentorship. Here's Who Is Stepping Up

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact

President Obama delivered remarks addressing the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday, using the volatile situation to discuss initiatives aiming ...

5 Ways to Teach About Michael Brown and Ferguson in the New School Year

Christopher Emdin | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Over the last few weeks students have been inundated with news on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. These updates are shaping the ways that youth make sense of media, the police, their lives, and their future. For this reason it is imperative that teachers find a way to bring this issue into the classroom.

Joy Resmovits

Fewer Than Half Of American Students Are Ready For College | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

As American students return to classes in a public education system projected to be majority minority for the first time this fall, new test scores pr...

Let's Change the Tenor of the Education Debate and #JustHaveCoffee

Becca Bracy Knight | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Becca Bracy Knight

We have a tremendous amount of work to do to ensure that all children in America have the excellent education they need and deserve. But personal attacks and inflaming the conversation to create superheroes and super-villains is underproductive and overindulgent.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was a Freshman

Charles Howard | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Charles Howard

I wish I had known then that a lot of us, in fact nearly every freshman, feels that insecurity in some way or another -- wondering whether they will succeed, whether people will like them, whether they can do the work.

Where 'Back-to-School' Means Private School

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Jed Kolko

One way or another, good schools cost money. Private school tuition can easily exceed monthly housing costs, but home prices in top-rated public school districts are 32% above the local average.

The Profound Impact of a Teacher

Michael Geheren | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Michael Geheren

While it is a simple gesture, I encourage you to thank a former teacher. Send a quick email or better yet a handwritten note. Tell them where you are and how they shaped your life. I think that simple message can go a long way.

Toward Our Shared Humanity

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Some predominantly white school districts in greater St. Louis area are voluntarily cutting tuition for transfer students to ease racial segregation. More districts need to take the initiative to integrate schools, and the state.

Getting the Message Across

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Great teachers communicate their passion for their students as human beings and show them how to connect to the great thinking and caring of other people thus opening the world and a world of possibilities to them.

How to Solve the Teaching Crisis (Or at Least How to Start)

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

If you do not feel safe as a teacher -- not just physical safety, as that's a whole different blog entry -- in terms of having an administration who believes in your strengths and abilities and is willing to invest in you, then your job is a lot harder and less effective.

Franz Schurmann: A Curious, Restless American Soul

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Andrew Lam

So intense was he and so close was his scrutiny that his nose nearly touched the surface. He might have been there, or he probably wanted to go there. Certainly, he was always curious about the place.

The 3 C's of Media Use

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

Online homework assignments can offer engagement and instruction for students without the need for parental assistance.