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Dear 9th Graders: College Applications Can Wait. Following These 5 Tips Can't

Scott Anderson | Posted 10.21.2014 | College
Scott Anderson

None of the tips listed here are explicitly designed to make you a better college applicant when you get to that point, but that's exactly what they'll do if you follow them. And by "better," I don't mean competitively packaged. I mean authentic.

Nowhere Safe: A Must-See Anti-Bullying Film by Paul Parkinson

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Kristen Houghton

Anyone who is truthful about their childhood remembers that 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.

Stop the Cheating: An Open Letter to the College Board and ACT

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

Honest kids suffer in so many ways because of unregulated test sites. They work so hard, and then other kids cheat, reducing the impact of their scores, statistically and psychologically. When agencies hold back scores, these honest kids get punished a second time.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

News For High Schools: Digital Media Plus Teaching Equals Support For Freedom

Eric Newton | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Eric Newton

This year, for the first time, American high school students show a greater overall appreciation for the First Amendment than do adults.

3 Things High School Students Should Know About College

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.25.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As the stakes rise regarding the necessity of a high school diploma for lifelong success, so do the standards to earn one. High school graduates today must know more than the generations that came before them.

Creating a Pipeline for Talented Youth to the Technology Sector

Adam Rabinowitz | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Adam Rabinowitz

The sound of sirens, hammers and car horns disrupts Raul del-Llano's concentration. He lounges back in his swivel chair and shifts his gaze to the panorama of Times Square that lies beyond his office window.

Sophomore Year: Time to Begin Thinking About College

Stephen Secora | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Stephen Secora

Usually this time of year, we speak mostly to rising high school upperclassmen -- juniors and seniors -- who have college on their minds and are closest to the application process. Increasingly, however, we host families with students who are just entering their sophomore year.

Everything You Should Know About Applying to and Becoming an Engineering Major

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Engineering is the last thing you should think about if you are looking for a "party-school major." Starting freshman year, engineering students usually take 18 units of hard science every quarter/semester of their undergraduate career.

So You Want to Be an Engineer? How to Tell if This Is (or Is Not) a Good Idea

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

As a result, more and more students are declaring, "I want to be an engineer!" When I hear those words, I usually say something like, "That's great! Why do you think you want to do that?"

To Maximize Admissions Yield, Engage Students

Stephen Secora | Posted 08.05.2014 | College
Stephen Secora

Most college-bound high school students are foregoing a lengthy discussion with the college counseling office and heading directly online to research their opportunities for higher education.

College Essay Writing Over The Summer: An Exceptional Choice

Jeannie Borin | Posted 08.04.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Summer should be a time of freedom where students can find the space and quiet to just write. This is not an assignment nor will it be graded. The idea is to get comfortable writing in the first person. This is not an easy thing to do and summertime is the best because there are few distractions and generally, is a more relaxed period of time.

So You Want to Go to Medical School? 5 Think-Ahead Tips for High Schoolers

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Given that I encourage students to approach college admissions and career choices based on a good fit model, to me the more important question is, "What can you do to find out if medicine is the right career for you?"

9-Year-Old Girl Gets 3-D Printed Prosthetic Fingers Thanks To Innovative High Schoolers

The Huffington Post | Nicole Edine | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact

If ever there was an argument made for getting more 3-D printers into schools, this might be it. MyFoxPhilly recently did a report on 9-year-old Ky...

The Disenfranchised Changemakers

Zak Malamed | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Zak Malamed

The most disrespectful thing you can say to young people is, "you are the leaders of tomorrow." This creates a self-fulfilling prophecy where young people are stigmatized to believe that there is a minimum age for being capable of changing the world.

This Teen Is The Person You Wish You Were In High School

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 may not be a neighborhood known for its affluence. But five of America’s most prestigious universities are fighting for o...

What My Students Worry About the Most

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my nine years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine.

Hey Guys! Let's Go to a (College) Fair!

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

College fairs are unique opportunities for you to meet college admissions people face to face and begin the process of showing colleges your "demonstrated interest."

Students and Parents: Holiday Texting Contest!

David Kanegis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
David Kanegis

Parents vs. Students: Fun and Good Food! Who Will Be The Grand Prize Winner? Hold this contest any time of the year, but the holidays always m...

Stop Trying To Make Me A 'Cookie Cutter' Student

Jane Han | Posted 02.26.2014 | Teen
Jane Han

The school system itself, which often tends to turn every individual into a cookie cutter shape, may be the reason why not all students are actively engaged in the learning process. So what should schools do?

The Big Decision I Don't Want To Be Pressured Into Making

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.18.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

Young students shouldn't be rushed into making a decision about their education without really knowing what that decision means.

Parents and Teachers Declare War on Common Core

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Anne Hendershott

Those promoting the Common Core standards maintain that local districts can still design their own curriculum to meet these federal standards. But parents and teachers know that standards drive the curriculum.

Bored-o-Ed: An Educator's Plan for Making the NYC Public Schools Work

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.23.2013 | New York
Michele Somerville

If I could change one thing alone, I would change this: Currently New York City Public School students have physical education twice a week.

Are You Helping Your Child Succeed in School?

Elizabeth Romero | Posted 08.25.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth Romero

Research has confirmed that parent involvement positively correlates with academic success, regardless of parents' level of education or income. That's good news, but how do you know if you are doing this part of your parenting job correctly?

Silence My Voice, Not My Religion

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Stephanie R. Caudle

While this story is powerful and especially resonates with me because of my roots in the school, this act of standing for your religion is a trend sweeping the nation.