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"Every Number Represents a Kiddo's Face"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Last week I quoted a principal who said about the student achievement data in her school, "They are just numbers, but the teachers here know that every number represents a kiddo's face."

The Global Search for Education: Do You Have Global Skills?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.06.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"90% of Canadians polled in a national opinion survey supported study abroad and nearly as many believed that financial support should be available."...

The Teacher Remembered After 50 Years

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

While she taught art, she really taught lessons about life and the dispositions that allowed her students to be successful personally and professionally. While we might think educating is about content, it is also about imparting life skills to young people so that they can not only learn, but thrive in their adult lives.

Which Educator Inspired You the Most?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

While educators spend their days doing the important work of finding our songs, their jobs have intensified and resources decreased.

A Good Start for Schools and Students

Harriet Sanford | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

It's no surprise that too many students start each school year without the supplies they need, or walk into classrooms that don't have the resources required for a productive year.

What Your Middle School Teacher Wants You to Know

Mary E. Graham | Posted 09.04.2014 | Education
Mary E. Graham

If you're not one of the select few who choose to spend their days around prepubescent twelve and thirteen year old kids, here are some things us middle school teachers would love for you to know as you're dealing with your middle schooler or your middle school teacher...

Preparing Future Educators: The Right Training as Foundation

Teach Plus | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Marisol Castillo During my first year as a teacher, when every day left me feeling spent, a veteran educator described overcoming challenges in t...

$1 Million Thank You for One Outstanding Teacher

Vikas Pota | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Vikas Pota

The low status of teachers means that we are missing out on thousands of the most talented graduates who won't join a profession that does not command respect.

Fresh Eyes on an Old Problem

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not too long ago, I spoke before a group of school leaders in a district where the new superintendent had asked me to talk about the practices of high...

Teachers Matter (Now More Than Ever)

Angela Maiers | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
Angela Maiers

Your students need you more than ever. There is nothing that you will allow to get in the way of your changing the lives of your students -- for good.

Teachers Owning Their Learning

Chris Crouch | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

Currently, the vast majority of teachers get very little time, if any, to work at and on their craft. Managing classrooms and planning instruction consume much of the time teachers have in their limited resources.

What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

A day doesn't go by that my students don't enlighten me with their genuine innocence or entertain me with their youthful ignorance.

The Power of Personalized Learning

Drew Noble Alexander | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Drew Noble Alexander

If we, as educators, place upon our students an expectation to better change the world in which we live, we must start with more thoughtful, engaging, and personalized instruction.

A Letter to My Second Graders

Becca Wertheim | Posted 04.15.2014 | Good News
Becca Wertheim

I have some very important things to tell you. I mean, super important. You ready? Turn on your best listening ears. Open up those learning eyes nice and wide. Get that brain warmed up. Because what I'm about to tell you is something that I hope you'll always remember.

Can White Educators Successfully Teach Black Boys?

Rae Pica | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Rae Pica

The skin color or gender of a teacher doesn't really matter to the kids. All they want to know is that the teacher cares about them.

5 Habits of Innovative Educators

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

Habits are unconscious patterns of behavior that are acquired with frequent repetition. This post will look at what habits exist among innovative educators. Whether you are looking to join them, better understand them, or you are one of them, this post is for you.

Been There, Did That, Doing It Again: Ageless Among the #Hashtags

Marty Keltz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Fifty
Marty Keltz

Here among the #hashtags, as I was in Second Life, I am ageless. I can be in the digital moment as effortlessly as any other typist. No one sees my age or knows whether I am a person of color, in a wheelchair, blind or deaf for that matter.

Functional Literacy for All

Walter Dean Myers | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Walter Dean Myers

Let's teach caretakers and young parents how to read and interact linguistically with babies and toddlers. Let's carefully explain to grandmothers and uncles that they have a gift to give to their children -- the gift of functional literacy!

Nelson Mandela: Teaching a New World

Mary Ellen Jukoski | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Mary Ellen Jukoski

While the passing of Nelson Mandela was not unexpected, his life and his example still hold the power to inspire in surprising ways. As I have read th...

Unlocking Teacher Expertise

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Kindergarten teachers don't become kindergarten teachers because they want to pour over data. So when I give a talk to educators, I usually include what I call my "scariest slide ever," which is a picture of kindergarten teachers studying a spread sheet.

Why We Can't Stop Bullying

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Kristen Houghton

Anyone who is truthful about their childhood remembers instances of bullying in one of two ways. They were either the victims of violence themselves or they had been unwilling witnesses to a bullying incident. The fact is, bullying has been an unfortunate fact of life for too many generations of children.

Community-Centered Schools: A Challenge and Opportunity for Teach For America

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

This is a guest post from my colleague Mary Kingston, Public Policy Manager of the Coalition for Community Schools and TFA Alumnae. There are few thi...

Learn to See, Accept Your Perfectly Imperfect Child

Nicole Dash | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Nicole Dash

As parents, it is so easy to overlook the flaws because our hearts are so abundant with love. I think this is like putting on an amazing pair of "beer goggles" that can last for years.

Are Our Education Leaders Wasting Our Most Vital Resources?

Liz Wiseman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Liz Wiseman

Our schools must now solve problems for which they were not built. But instead of looking to our nation's capital for leadership, we should be asking if we have the right leadership in each of our schools.

Lower Graduation Requirements Won't Harm Texas Students? Prove It!

Linda Rosen | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Linda Rosen

Texas has made a momentous decision to turn back on reforms that seemed to be yielding positive results. It's not enough to assert that all will go well. At the very least, the state should commit to reporting on the consequences, good or bad, of its big reversal.