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Learning Multiple Strategies to Teach Math

Teach Plus | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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...

There Is an App for That? Tips From an Elementary Math Teacher

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Schools are embracing digital technologies like never before. However, many parents have a mistaken notion that the tablet or laptop replaces previously-used physical mediums, like the textbook or notebook.

Understand and Protect Your Kids' Privacy at School

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

If the whole issue of privacy is new and the phrase "personally identifiable information" doesn't mean anything to you, it is time to get started and educate yourself!

New (School) Year Resolutions Part 4

Teach Plus | Posted 08.29.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspir...

New (School) Year Resolutions Part 3

Teach Plus | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspir...

Hopeful Teaching and Learning: The One Who Makes a Difference

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

May teachers seeking to rekindle their passion for the job regain the spark that ignites a transformed learning environment -- one where educators, parents and students collectively work to improve opportunities for all young people.

A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...

Back to School and Winning the Future

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Gov. Martin O'Malley

It's back-to-school season, and here in Maryland our schools have already begun welcoming students back for the new academic year. Initial estimates show there's a good chance we'll reach a new record enrollment this year with more than 860,000 students filling our classrooms -- and we're ready for them.

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...

Tips And Tricks To Get Ready For 'Back to School'

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Most K-12 schools are back in session (in the U.S.) over the next few weeks. It is time to prepare to get back into the routine and get things in orde...

$1 Million Thank You for One Outstanding Teacher

Vikas Pota | Posted 08.21.2014 | 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.

I'm Going to Say Half-full This Time

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some teachers in states that have adopted the Common Core are expressing apprehension about their readiness to teach to the new standards, dismay at t...

Recruiting Late-Career Professionals to Teaching

Teach Plus | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Daniel DeShon Over the hill. Past his prime. As someone who came to the teaching profession in my fifties, I have heard all of these comments an...

New Report by AbilityPath Helps Families With Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Special Needs

Alexis Wineman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Alexis Wineman

While I am thankful my family and I were able to successfully navigate the transition into adulthood after high school graduation, it wasn't without its challenges.

Up the Down Staircase

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The recent news that Bel Kaufman died at the age of 103 prompted me to reread her classic tale of a young teacher, fresh from her master's in English ...

Mobile Learning and the Long Tail of Education

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.08.2014 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The challenge is for teachers to identify or learn the effective use of mobile learning to implement any combination of the automatic differentiation strategies.

Fresh Eyes on an Old Problem

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.31.2014 | 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...

Licensure System Should Promote Student Achievement

Teach Plus | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Talmadge Nardi The "License to Transform" policy brief just released by Massachusetts Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows recommends significant...

The Importance of Teaching Content

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Quite some years ago I visited a school in Baltimore City that had raised its third-grade reading scores dramatically. I wanted to see what they were doing to be so successful -- and I was curious about why its fifth-grade scores had not improved even as its third-grade ones had.

Study Supports Getting Onboard With Financial Literacy Education

Mary Johnson | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

Recent news that Florida is the first state in the nation to adopt the Council for Economic Education's National Standards for Financial Literacy is an encouraging development -- and hopefully other states will similarly follow suit.

Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tried out.

Teachers are Working Longer -- They Need Help to Work Smarter Instead

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It appears that American teachers -- well, middle school teachers, anyway -- work longer hours than their counterparts in other countries. And yet our students still don't perform all that well in comparison to those other countries. What's going on?

Michigan Charter Schools Is Why Local Control Matters

Paul Ruth | Posted 09.06.2014 | Detroit
Paul Ruth

Democracy can be a tool to recognize the shortcomings of a nation, but it takes effort to turn it into a vehicle for equality.

When Your HS Graduates Choose Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

It scares me how much the negative stereotypes of community colleges have crept into the national psyche. Because they creep into community college students' psyches as well and make them feel unworthy of success before they've even begun.