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On Teacher Evaluation

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In concept, evaluating teachers makes perfect sense. In what private company are employees not evaluated and held accountable for their contribution to their company's bottom line? In practice, evaluating teachers is not so easy.

College Board President: 'We Are Building an Iron Wall of Inequality'

Keosha Varela | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Keosha Varela

He discussed testing students as a measure of college preparedness, the issues of inequality and discrimination in the classroom, and the state of the US public education system.

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Students abroad who engage in these experiences are learning to become scientists, researchers, and innovators. U.S. students will fall behind if they continue to spend their time perfecting the art of choosing one answer out of five -- a skill they will never use in the real world -- rather than engaging in more useful work.

Okay, You've Graduated from Homeschooling. What's Next?

Blake Boles | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Blake Boles

For those of you taking a path that doesn't include college right now, if you're not sure what to do with your life, choose the path that will make the best story later. You must continue to be an interest-driven, self-directed learner.

How Professors Help Community College Students Transfer

Isa Adney | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Around 75 percent of community college students who enroll in a community college report that their primary goal is to transfer and ultimately earn a bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, according to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement fewer than half of those students currently reach that goal.

A Story About the Importance of Educating Afghan Girls in Afghanistan and... New York?

The Advice Project | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
The Advice Project

Women for Afghan Women is fighting an uphill battle. Last year, violence against Afghan women increased 28%. But WAW's work is critical, and betters not only the safety and health of women in both the States and Afghanistan, but assists them - one at a time - often in seemingly small but very important ways.

Funding Disparity Highlights Inequality Between District, Charter Students

Mashea Ashton | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Mashea Ashton

Equity should mean real equality for everyone. Most of all, education reform should be aimed at creating an education system that serves all students, and gives everyone a quality education that prepares them for college and a rewarding career.

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.

Education Reform Is Dumb

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

You would be hard-pressed to find data that show less money in education leads to better results, but you can easily find people who complain that we spend too much on education.

Women in Business Q&A: Allison Kent-Smith, Founder and Managing Partner, smith & beta

Laura Dunn | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Allison founded smith & beta in 2012 after recognizing the critical need to educate the advertising and marketing industry on employee education. Alli...

Doing Academic Time

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

For those on the track leading to the awarding (or denial) of tenure, academic time plays a cruel joke: It can seem like a lifetime while simultaneously seeming like there are not enough days to complete all the projects you had hoped to.

Fighting for Full Access to Education for Girls and Women

Michael Roth | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Providing a safe place for girls and women to pursue their education is the best vehicle we know for combating poverty, disease and economic injustice. The demand that girls and women have a right to a full and equal education is not a parochial Western value -- it is a fundamental human right.

What Is It Like to Be a United States Presidential Scholar?

Quora | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora: What is it like to be a United States Presidential Scholar? Answer by Robert Chen, College Sophomore, Ma...

Cities 3.0: How Cities Are Driving The Revitalization Of Our Nation

Kevin Johnson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Kevin Johnson

Cities 3.0 mayors are not sitting on our hands, waiting for the feds or someone else to solve our problems. We're embracing good ideas no matter where they come from, innovating to provide better services and building strong economies for the global marketplace.

Importing "Techies" Is NOT an Immigration or Education Policy

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The Adelson-Buffett-Gates immigration proposal is neither an immigration policy nor an education policy. In fact it is an anti-education policy that also fails to take into account the underlying cause of the current flood of undocumented immigrants.

Bridging the Gap Between Testing and College and Career Readiness

Teach Plus | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

A multiple-choice test only asks students to find the right answer; college asks students to defend the best answer; and a career asks professionals to synthesize best solutions.

Informal Learning Is Taking Over (Infographic)

David Blake | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
David Blake

In today's information age, an individual's ability to learn is more critical than ever. Education is becoming a lifelong pursuit and is following the trend of general media consumption.

The Power to Create Initiative, Join the Party!

Thierry Dufay | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Thierry Dufay

We have the potential to do so much better and even create enjoyable lives for everybody. This is a believe I share with many others. But, we should not be blind to things that are happening around us, which at times can be discouraging.

Determination Defined: The Carmen Rodriguez Story

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The lesson to learn from the "Carmen Rodriguez Story" is that through hard work and dedication you can achieve your personal goals. Though life may hand you obstacles, you can turn them into opportunities.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Michele Jolin

For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success.

Excitement, Innovation: What I Learned, Experienced And Saw During A Recent Trip to One Of Israel's Top Universities

Kira Makagon | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Kira Makagon

My trip to Ben Gurion University was an awesome reminder that we all carry this spark of curiosity in ourselves that is reflected in our work no matter what stage of our career we are in or what part of the world we're innovating in.

What I Learned From a Year of Software Engineering

Jasmine Tsai | Posted 07.11.2014 | Technology
Jasmine Tsai

In an industry awed and driven by cerebral achievements, there exist the noisy games of some trying to assert intellectual prowess through various loud points of view. For personalities like mine that care a lot about "the best way to do something", it can be an intimidating and confusing

Singing in the Snow: Storms Produce Strength

Write for the Future | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Margarita Ren Titanium poles and I stand on a deserted Manhattan street corner. My parents, neighbors, even taxi-drivers, are inside, freezing de...

Play for Children: Form and Freedom

Megan Rosker | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Megan Rosker

We need to strive for a more balanced parenting approach in which kids are receiving several hours of free play, devoid of screen time, and also receiving a lot of form and structure in their day that will help them to plan their next great invention and feel confident that they can create a great life for themselves.

What Will '12 Years A Slave' Teach the U.S.?

Sheril Antonio | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Sheril Antonio

I read in Variety that 12 Years a Slave will now be taught in U.S. high schools. What an achievement. I learned a great deal from the film and am thrilled others will have the opportunity to engage in both the written form as well as the cinematic portrayal of Solomon Northup's story.