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Disadvantaged Youth Most Affected By Loss of Summer Reading: Recommended Reading List

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Poor children are most vulnerable to decline in reading skills during the summer. Ninety percent of reading achievement loss for disadvantaged youth takes place during the scorching summer months.

Another One-Off Job Skill Program That Won't Work

Peter Weddle | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Peter Weddle

Like all of its predecessor academic responses to our skills deficit challenge, the collaboration sets people up for career success and then cuts their legs out from under them by providing no way to achieve it.

Schools for Sustainability Witnesses Water Purification at the Omega Center

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Close your eyes and imagine a place where harmful chemicals, pollution and toxins are nonexistent. In this haven, drinking water is completely pure, and fresh local food is prepared on the scene.

Cloud Schools: An Educational Revolution

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Ricardo B. Salinas

Today in Mexico, politicians are paying more attention to education. It would be worthwhile to consider new experiences that go beyond cosmetic changes and to visualize the future of an education guided by the natural curiosity of children.

Programming: A Mark of Inequality?

Thai-Huy Nguyen | Posted 06.27.2014 | Education
Thai-Huy Nguyen

For less advantageous students, exposure to basic programming early on in their education can matter a great deal more for them and their families' future.

Single-Sex Institutions in a Multi-Gender World: What's a Girl (To Do)?

Julie Mencher | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Mencher

It's time for girls' and women's institutions to move from reactivity to well-considered policy. Fundamentally, women's colleges were founded on the premise that women could, and should, think.

Want Better Schools? Hire Better Principals

Emily Richmond | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

We are in an era of unprecedented school reform efforts, with states and districts revamping and revising campus instructional programs and policies on a routine basis. It's up to the principal to help teachers and students navigate unfamiliar waters.

Breaking Bad in Bavaria

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Laura Skandera Trombley

The best preparation I ever had for becoming a college president wasn't the Harvard IEM seminar or the administrative program at Cornell. It was breaking my ankle in Bavaria.

Bring Back Our Girls and Fund Education Now

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

At this pace, we'll definitely fall well short of the commitment made in 2000 by world leaders to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

5 Ways To Cultivate Fearless Summer Readers

Pam Allyn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Pam Allyn

We can stock our children's lives with stories and in this way, help them achieve academically and also inspire them deeply. Summer can be a transformational season for your child as a reader. Here are five ways to make sure this real-time magic happens.

Reading Maimonides in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

Reading Maimonides in Beirut reminded me that beyond right and wrong, reason and faith, belief and unbelief, we are perhaps most alive and wise when we strive to become conscious of the "self."

6 Reasons Why We Must Stop Blaming Teachers for Our Failing Education System

Michael Price | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Michael Price

America's education system hasn't completely failed, but it is failing. We're on a race to the bottom, which is unacceptable for a nation that believes itself to be a world leader.

Note to Texas and Other States: Countries on the Make Are Dead Serious About Testing

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
The George W. Bush Institute

Rebellion against standardized exams is underway in states like Oklahoma, Indiana and Tennessee. The revolt there is partly stoked by the national Common Core standards, which include testing. It also is being sparked by teacher evaluations that include data from various test scores.

Looking Forward, Giving Back: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Michelle Obama and the Flip Side of Brown v. Board

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

Although the landmark decision achieved integrated student bodies in some schools, like Topeka's, it resulted in a huge loss -- the alarming forced displacement of black teachers. The consequences of that loss have lasted, and the current national picture is bleak.

I'm a Scientist With Learning Disabilities and That's Okay!

Collin Diedrich | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Collin Diedrich

Intelligence, like pretty much everything else subjective, is on a spectrum. And just because you may be lower than average in one or every single area, doesn't have anything to do with how good you will be at your job whether that's a scientist, clinician or business woman.

Computing a Cure for HIV: 9 Ways Supercomputers Help Scientists Understand and Treat the Virus

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 06.23.2014 | Science
Aaron Dubrow

Scientists harness the power of thousands of computer processors simultaneously to better understand how the HIV virus interacts with the cells it infects, to discover or design new drugs that can attack the virus at its weak spots and even to use genetic information about the exact variants of the virus to develop patient-specific treatments.

Stars Join Government's $231 Million Girls' Education Plan In Wake Of Nigerian Kidnapping

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of actors and athletes are joining a U.S. government effort to support girls' education worldwide. Jennifer Garner, Sus...

How Four Cities in the Global South are Fighting Youth Unemployment

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

According to the International Labour Organization, over 70 million 15-24 year olds worldwide are unemployed. This issue is particularly prevalent in ...

The Privilege of Empowering Women of Influence

Susan C. Scrimshaw | Posted 06.20.2014 | College
Susan C. Scrimshaw

Women's colleges have a treasured responsibility to empower and inspire young women to be confident, articulate and success-oriented. Such institutions offer a unique experience where women can learn and grow together.

What Is a Girl Worth?

Tedi Ware | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Tedi Ware

Many parents and community leaders cling fiercely to the traditional belief that it's a waste of money to pay school fees for a daughter since her destiny is to marry, bear multiple children, and manage the home.

Life Coaching Is Not Weird

Michael Feeley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Feeley

Coaching is an active, invigorating process assisting you to reach your potential, challenging and supporting you, seeing what is working well for you and promoting that success so you can achieve miraculous and logical results.

The Common Core: Disabling Compassion

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 06.20.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

What would James Baldwin, one of America's greatest non-fiction writers, have to say about the Common Core expectation that a high school senior's reading diet be 70 percent non-fiction text?

Improving Conditions -- Unless You're Black

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

In this piece, the author of the heralded Schott Foundation's report on African-American male achievement, weighs in on recent statistics and fuels t...

The Knowledge Is the Reward

Stuart Gunter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Education
Stuart Gunter

Why do we try to learn anything? What is the point of reading and going to labs and conducting experiments and acting in plays? Why do teachers give students books? The knowledge is the reward.