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10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

UC's Student Workers Union Fumbles Anti-Israel Initiative

Stuart W. Davidson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Stuart W. Davidson

As an American, a Jew and a proud trade unionist, the actions of a small minority in Local 2865 are very disheartening. In the course of the last ten years, I have participated in numerous labor delegations to Israel hosted by the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center.

The Future of the American Dream

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 12.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

If November's election teaches us anything, it is that while this is a setback for the many who hoped to bring change, it is not the end of the American Dream.

The Maker Movement and the Humanities: Giving Students A Larger Toolbox

Christine Henseler | Posted 12.18.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

The empowering rise of the do-it-yourself Maker Movement has found fertile ground in higher education, cultivating a vibrant community who believe in the effectiveness of learning through doing, sharing and mentoring, playing, exploring, and risk-taking.

The Value Of Community For Children In Poverty

Jessica Peace-Urgelles | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Jessica Peace-Urgelles

Ask a person about Appalachia, and their answer will likely amaze you. Outsiders may grimace, telling you about poverty and economic depression, an unhealthy affinity for coal, lack of education, and so on. Insiders, though, might tell you about the close-knit community, respect for the land, rich cultural heritage, and a passion for the place and its people.

Gainful Employment and Higher Ed Funding: Investing in Programs That Work

Gail Mellow | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Gail Mellow

It's time we look to them as the most obvious source of funding to support our public colleges and start investing our money into a system that we know works.

Reflecting on the Loss of Life in Pakistan

Frank Fredericks | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

While we can't grasp the motivations of all these murderous mad men, we can deduce from their actions. These heinous criminals fear the pen more than the sword. Education, from basic literacy to professional training, gives young people a real chance to live a better life than their parents.

Teachers as Professionals in Evidence-Based Reform

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.18.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Teachers need not be researchers to contribute to their profession. By participating in networks of like-minded educators -- implementing, continuously improving and communicating about practical approaches intended to improve outcomes of proven approaches -- they play an essential role in the improvement of their profession.

Changing Lives, One Networking Course at a Time

Harbrinder Kang | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Harbrinder Kang

Every day, I have the opportunity to see how technology is changing the way we live. But it's the people behind this technology that truly amaze me.

Raising a Generation of Dead-Eyed Dot-Fillers

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Education
Robin Hoffman

Her dark eyes would squint from behind her large plastic rimmed glasses, her chin would jut out defiantly, one side of her mouth would turn up ever so slightly, and she'd simply carry on with what she wanted us to learn, to discover.

Pearson and the Assessment Problem

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.18.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Pearson's solution to the problems with assessment is NOT less assessment but MORE assessment that is pervasive during the school day as teachers use technology to record in real time the feedback they give students and student progress minute by minute!

America's Oldest Black College Could Face Financial Collapse

Reuters | David DeKok | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices

HARRISBURG, Penn., Dec 17 (Reuters) - The nation's oldest black college, Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania's 14 state-run universities, is on th...

Three Wise Men (And Women)

Grace Li | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Grace Li

I think teachers are the best parts of society, and I know that I wouldn't be here without them. Because we hear a lot about the failures of the American education system and the flaws, but a system is made of people and let me tell you, there are some pretty amazing people out there.

Oldies but Goodies in the Fix & Flip Market

Dean Graziosi | Posted 12.18.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dean Graziosi

With resale prices rising and rehab costs holding pretty steady, there is a lot of opportunity in locating older homes in neighborhoods where buyers and renters want to live.

A Warm Welcome In Mumbai

Lisa Johnson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Lisa Johnson

It was 100 degrees outside when we pulled up in front a school in Mumbai last month. We were greeted by the sounds of booming drums, singing voices, a...

Dreaming of the Ivy League? Hint: Ditch the Volunteerism

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 12.18.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Dankoski

Almost all of the juniors and seniors who come to me with high hopes of getting into an elite university are involved in too many activities.

The Future of the Democratic Party

Gov. Jack Markell | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Gov. Jack Markell

We need to prepare our people and our businesses to prosper in a world where businesses have more choices than ever before about where to hire and where computers are increasingly doing the work of laborers.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Sally Swanson

The white Christmas I'm thinking about this season has nothing to do with snow. Rather, it's all about a site specific art installation that occurred this October.

Blind Spots and Boiling Points: Our Shortcomings As Parents And People

Stuart Dow | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Stuart Dow

Presumably, my child-centered myopia can be understood and forgiven in this context. But what are, and should be, the bounds of this sort of blindness -- especially when it manifests in other settings?

An American Mother's Response to the Tragedy in Pakistan

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

Today, millions of children in Pakistan and around the world will return to their schools and will continue this fight. I know that I will have a very specific message for my own child as she grows... that no one belief system is higher or more worthy than another.

Students and the Right to Cheat

Tim Elmore | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

There is a new and robust sense of entitlement among the emerging generation globally. Several college students from around the world are protesting those who accuse them of wrongdoing when they cheat -- explaining that it is their human right.

Neuroscience of Christmas Overwhelm!

Amy Brann | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Amy Brann

Not a blog post title I've ever read before...although the reality will likely be familiar to many. As I sit now overlooking the beautiful Clee Hill countryside my internal environment is slowly simmering down to match the tranquillity of my external environment.

The Solution to Teacher Equity? Empower Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

Despite the clear need for change, the obvious question remains: How do we get highly effective teachers into high-need schools? The answer, my own experience tells me, is simple: Empower teachers as leaders so that the difference they are making can be that much greater.

Rodrigo's Story: Helping Immigrant Children Succeed in School

Karla del Rosal | Posted 12.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Karla del Rosal

When our family immigrated to the United States, we believed our son Rodrigo would have greater opportunities for prosperity and success. However, we underestimated the social, emotional, and academic hurdles we would face.

Are You Fearless Enough to Be an Elder?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

Margaret Mead would have been enthused about last week's White House convening on investing in early childhood. She would have also been perplexed. Why did the organizers ignore the famous anthropologist's clarion call?