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The Solution to Teacher Equity? Empower Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

Despite the clear need for change, the obvious question remains: How do we get highly effective teachers into high-need schools? The answer, my own experience tells me, is simple: Empower teachers as leaders so that the difference they are making can be that much greater.

Think Promise Neighborhoods Before Promise Neighborhoods Were Cool

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The school's ambition is an integral part of an even bigger one -- to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty that has been endemic to its section of Atlanta.

How to Introduce Your Kids to Internet Ethics

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

It is easy to teach a child that stealing other people's pencils, crayons -- "stuff" -- is unacceptable and, more importantly punishable. But in the online world, the idea of stealing becomes murky.

Leading Coherence

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Over the past 10 years, I have visited dozens of schools with significant populations of students of color and students living in poverty that demonst...

In Room 201, It Takes Two to Tango

Teach Plus | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

"What's your job?" I ask my third grade students. "To learn!" they exclaim enthusiastically. "And what's my job?" I follow up. "To teach us!" they reply, matter-of-factly.

Our Students Can't Wait; The Time To Revise Teacher Prep is Now

Teach Plus | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Claire Steinbeck When I completed pre-service training to become a teacher through the DC Teaching Fellows program, I performed well on rubrics ...

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

Education Is a Becoming Process

Isa Adney | Posted 11.13.2014 | Education
Isa Adney

How do you measure who someone has become after an education, a class, a teacher, a degree? How do you measure hope, trust, citizenship, critical thinking, art, respect, self-esteem, or a desire for growth and contribution?

Women in STEM: Progress, Asymptote, and Equality

Marvi Matos | Posted 11.13.2014 | Science
Marvi Matos

Today, in United States we face very limited progress towards the inclusion of women in fields such as Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering.

The Education Paradox Requires New Ways to Think About Schools

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is physically impossible for every teacher to know everything necessary to teach every student. Is it possible to solve this paradox? Yes. But it requires doing things a little bit differently.

Where the Data Speak of Capacity

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Brimley is a school that helps dispel the myth that there is little schools can do to help students overcome poverty, isolation, and discrimination. But such schools can't be reduced to just a couple of practices. They do a lot of things right, not just a few.

States Should Spend Less on Prisons, More on Schools

Michael Mitchell | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

The savings from criminal justice reforms wouldn't fully finance the increased education investments needed, partly because states will likely spend much of the savings elsewhere. But reordering state priorities away from maintaining large prison populations and toward investing in human capital will pay off over the long term.

Big School, Small School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A new study of the small high schools that New York City opened in the last decade seems to have re-ignited a debate about whether small high schools are better for kids than large schools and whether it's possible to really measure which is better.

The Virtualization of Childhood

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Internet, the global system of interconnected computer networks that was created to defend geographic boundaries, has now morphed into a system that transcends the very same boundaries

"Every Number Represents a Kiddo's Face"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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 Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

A Global Model for STEM Education

Vince Bertram | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Scie...

Los Angeles Unified Must Refocus: 5 Ways Bad Ed Tech Deals in LAUSD Hurt Kids Right Now

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Recently released investigative reports by a Southern California radio station has increased public scrutiny of Superintendent John Deasy's cozy relationships with Apple and Pearson executives before both corporations won the bid to supply LAUSD with iPads.

The Common Core: A Good Journey

Teach Plus | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

I am a teacher, and I support the Common Core State Standards. These days it feels like I need to keep this to myself. The Common Core seems like everyone's favorite initiative to hate, but exactly who are the critics? Politicians running in mid-term elections? Celebrities like Louis C.K.?

Expecting Excellence

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

To ensure that all their students learn what they need to learn requires that the school be organized to a fare-thee-well and that everyone pull her weight.

Why Didn't LAUSD Perform a Tech Review Before iPad/MiSiS Purchase?

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Bad ed tech deals continue to plague LAUSD -- currently in its second month of meltdown, the MiSiS student tracking and class scheduling software mandated by a court-ordered consent decree is a ticking time bomb.

California, the Arts and the Creative Economy

John M. Eger | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

For the state that is home to Silicon Valley and high tech invention, to Hollywood and the single largest export in the world: theatrical films, it has always been a mystery why so few dollars were spent on the arts.

Can We Call 70 Percent of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents a Consensus?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.22.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Why Not? It May Be as Close as We Get It sometimes feels as if our country is so polarized these days that a poll broken out by Democrats, Republican...

Learning Multiple Strategies to Teach Math

Teach Plus | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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...

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

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.09.2014 | 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...