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Taking the AmeriCorps Pledge to Grow It

Michael Brown | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Michael Brown

AmeriCorps, the nation's domestic national service program, celebrates its 20th anniversary. At a White House ceremony, and events nationwide -- new recruits will raise their right hand and take the AmeriCorps pledge "to get things done for America."

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.

Great Grandpa's Brain Versus Back-to-School Night

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 09.11.2014 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

GG's Brain: Why did I let them talk me into this? I wanted to watch my Lawrence Welk videos tonight! Are we even in the right place? Why do they h...

Learning Multiple Strategies to Teach Math

Teach Plus | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Audrey Jackson We've all heard this from someone we know: "I'm so bad at math, I just don't get it." We sympathize or agree, despite the fact th...

Education Reform: Adding Insult to Injury

Peter Greene | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.

Why Nature Needs Cities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

There is simply no way we can protect and maintain a beautiful, thriving, natural and rural landscape outside of cities if we continue to spread highways and suburban sprawl across the countryside. Healthy, robust, beautiful cities where people want to live are critical to the protection of nature.

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

Why does urban biodiversity matter at all? Because according to the UN, for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities than rural areas. The planet is urban. When people experience nature, that nature will be urban too.

School's Back in Session - May the Deep Learning Continue

Ben Klasky | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
Ben Klasky

As Labor Day approached a couple weeks ago, I took my two boys fishing. There was no blackboard or chalk at the lake; no textbooks or worksheets. And although we weren't in a formal classroom, nature turned out to be a pretty powerful teacher.

What Would You Change at the University?

Robert Shireman | Posted 09.10.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

Governor Jerry Brown wants California's colleges and universities to do a better job getting students to graduation, and he wants it done without spending more.

Finding the Strength to Start: How to Find the Courage You Need

Anthony Humpage | Posted 09.10.2014 | Small Business
Anthony Humpage

Over 10 years ago, I was heavily into distance running. From half marathons and marathons to ultra-marathons of up to 100 miles or more; I took it all on. At the time, the marathon was still the king of the distance events.

Dear High School Teachers: Sorry for Being a Sh*t

Clint Edwards | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Clint Edwards

I'm grateful that you cut me slack and stuck with me, that you took the time to chat with me after class about my family, that you encouraged me to keep trying, and, most importantly, that you, time and time again, talked me out of leaving school.

The Kids Will Be Alright: 'Beating' Autism

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

If "hope" was a drug, the worst addicts would be parents. Proof came in a recent New York Times Magazine cover story, "The Kids Who Beat Autism," wh...

My Last First Day Of High School

Kaitlyn Kaminski | Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen
Kaitlyn Kaminski

It seems like just yesterday when I was going to kindergarten with my twin, Kayleigh, and one of my best friends to this day, Joey. I remember vaguely learning how to write my name and learning about shapes. Where did the time go?

Our Kids in MA Are Alright, But We Can Do Better

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

While we may hold the top spot in the country for child well-being, it's clearly not good enough. Our kids may be doing better than most, but we want them to be excellent.

Kids Are In School for About 15,000 Hours - Does How They Spend That Time Make a Difference?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The question of whether schools affect student achievement has been debated ever since the publication of James C. Coleman's landmark 1966 study, "Equ...

Majority-Minority Classrooms: Why Should We Care?

Cesar M. Melgoza | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Cesar M. Melgoza

Does an increasing mix of ethnicities in schools mean an increase in our nation's diversity in universities and high-paying jobs? Not really.

Everything You Need To Know About Teens and Sports

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

High school has started for teens all over the country, and parents and teens are grappling with all sorts of issues around playing team sports.

A Little Girl, 10 Years Later

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Time flies. Yes, we hear that everyday don't we? And on some days we see it too. Time flies. Can you see a difference you've made in someone's life...

The NFL's Problem Is Larger Than Ray Rice. And It's Larger Than the NFL.

Paul Kendrick | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Paul Kendrick

t is not acceptable that we have to be shown something that we knew occurred in order to be moved. We can never protect each other if this is the (most times impossible) standard for action.

Do Brain Sex Differences Explain Gendered Job Preferences?

Lise Eliot | Posted 09.09.2014 | Science
Lise Eliot

There are problems with the "hardwired" view, and especially with the two lines of research its adherents rely on to stake their claim of fixed, innate gender differences.

Inequality for All: The Republican Goal

Gerry Myers | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

By continuing to cater to the rich who don't want to impose reasonable regulations on Wall Street, Republicans continue to propel the injustices of the past. The corruption and the fraud that made the rich richer and collapsed our economy continues to be unrestrained.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

There Is an App for That? Tips From an Elementary Math Teacher

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Schools are embracing digital technologies like never before. However, many parents have a mistaken notion that the tablet or laptop replaces previously-used physical mediums, like the textbook or notebook.

The Global Search for Education: Learn by Action

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"No matter the platform, people will always need to know how to understand, analyze and reflect upon larger contexts and systems. That pro-active cre...

The 5 Things I Wish My Kid's School Had

Kim Simon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Think how much nicer we'd be in the drop-off line if we had a warm PSL waiting for us while we kissed our little learners goodbye. If you give a mama a muffin... well, you know how the story goes.