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Test-Based Accountability, Inspectors, and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Recently, Marc Tucker of the National Center for Education and the Economy wrote a thoughtful critique of education policy in the U.S., questioning...

"I am a Lion"

XPRIZE | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
XPRIZE

We were there to test our theory that children -- even those living in non-literate communities -- could teach themselves how to read and write using only tablet computers. Sound like a crazy idea? Maybe.

From the Classroom to Kabul: Why Education Matters

Wes Moore | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Wes Moore

We can put our students on the trajectory to do great things. Become a mentor. Reach out to one of our American Graduate Day partners. Invest in our country's future by helping these kids.

Sam Levine

'It's Not Worth It To Become A Teacher At This Point,' Veteran Educator Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

When single mom Callie Hammond wants to buy something for her daughters, she says she has to choose between spending money on them or on the high scho...

Putting the Emphasis Where It Belongs

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

A leader's primary role is to advance her team and to engage their collective talents towards the goals that they have set. How she performs individually is of little consequence if the process falls behind schedule or comes in over budget. When the team wins she wins.

The Best Advice for Students Attending Their First Year of College

Quora | Posted 09.30.2014 | College
Quora

For the first four weeks, put lots of effort into your social life. Never eat alone. Knock on doors and chat with people. Figure out interesting things to do in the area, then invite people there on weekends.

My 'Aha' Education Moment

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.30.2014 | Latino Voices
Marco Cáceres

I was told by the legislative director that I had one day to write the memo and provide a recommendation on how the senator should vote and why. In other words, I had to become an expert on the subject in one day.

Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When children and adults are deprived of the basics to sustain life, their health suffers, which greatly impacts their educational and overall life opportunities. On issues of poverty and for the sake of humanity, we all must work on the same side.

You're Young, You're Black, And You've Got No Future

Harriet McDonald | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

You're young, you're black, and you've got no future. Why? Because you were arrested on drug charges. You've been arrested before, just like more than half of the other young black men in your neighborhood. But this time, you'll receive a mandatory 'war on drugs' sentence.

When It Comes to Homeless Students, Should the Sky Be the Limit?

Ralph da Costa Nunez | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez

The recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education on the increase in the number of homeless students in the United States is sad, but not surprising.

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.

Too Many Students Rely on Social Promotion

Franchesca Warren | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Despite my efforts in making sure that students were updated about their grades, many times they really didn't see a connection in their mastery of the work and their final grades. Eventually after reviewing all of the student records and in all of that data (attendance, test scores, etc.) I realized the real issue. Most of my students were in high school due to social promotion.

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.