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Don't Quote Duncan: Public Schools and the State of the Union

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

American teachers, students and parents don't need any more condescending invocations of nationalist fear, or juvenile appeals to competitiveness for grades. Teaching and learning are not about competition. They're about child-rearing.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

Deconstructing Critical 21st Century Skills at 35,000 Feet

Paula Golden | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Paula Golden

What was the key to his extraordinary success at such a young age, I asked? Somewhere over Nebraska, we agreed that it was "project-based learning."

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

Getting More Girls Into STEM Careers: Lessons From a Principal

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.24.2014 | Technology
Lydia Dobyns

Currently about 25 percent of the workforce in life sciences and 15 percent of the workforce in engineering/computer science is female. "That is better than what it has been, but not where it should and can be," said Mansoureh.

Don't Give Up on MOOCs

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Sebastian Thrun's mid-course correction of Udacity, as chronicled at length in last week's Fast Company profile by Max Chafkin, has stirred consternat...

Lessons From a Student Pursuing a STEM Career

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

Encouraging young women to join the ever-growing community of women who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) requires positive role models, and an educational system that provides unbiased opportunity for all.

College and Career Readiness -- Part Two

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

True college and career readiness requires that we create knowledge and solutions that do not presently exist. Schools need to become places capable of generating knowledge -- not merely disseminating it.

Paying It Forward: Teachers Model a Passion for Learning

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

Dave was a disengaged 14-year-old. Everything about his world suggested he would fail. He came to class, eyes glazed over, seeing little relevance in school. He was lost. That is, until a teacher found ways to reach him.

A Marketplace for Stronger Connections Between Neurons

John Pavley | Posted 10.04.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

NextLesson is a web app where teachers and parents can get access to pre-designed lesson plans or create their own. It wasn't created by a 20-year-old to jump on the next big trend. It was created by a couple of dads using the ideas and techniques of high tech to solve a real problem in education.

'Agency' -- A Noun That Translates Into Success

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

When we think of the skills students need to be successful in school and in life, the word "agency" doesn't usually pop into mind. But maybe it's time...

Soft Skills Are 'Hard As a Rock'

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Lydia Dobyns

I must admit I'm perplexed about the controversy over whether so-called "soft skills" such as work ethic, collaboration and critical thinking should be taught in school. This debate should be a non-starter. What's so soft about skills valued by Fortune 500 companies?

The Having of Wonderful Ideas

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.31.2013 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

EL schools focus on learning targets and use a mastery-based grading system with 1-4 scoring. They use checkpoints along the way to scaffold students to mastery.

Learning How to Learn

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

Deciding to make fundamental changes to the way students learn, and, therefore, the way teachers teach, has huge implications for a district. Teachers and administrators often spend significant time researching effective strategies before adopting local innovation plans.

Reading Skills: A Key to Short- and Long-Term Career Success

Carol J. Carter | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Many new college grads may be surprised when they enter their first interview with degree in-hand, only to be told another applicant landed the job, not because of the name of the school on their degree, but because they could communicate effectively, generate ideas, and demonstrate their skill in the field.

Developing an Appetite for Risk

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Christine Nasserghodsi

Schools around the globe are beginning to look critically at the role of entrepreneurship in their curriculum. Along the way, students are exposed to the notion that risk-taking is good.

Can President Obama's Visit to New Tech School Pave the Way for Education Innovation?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Lydia Dobyns

Before the president spent 45 minutes with students showing off Project Based Learning, I got to engage in a conversation with him about the kind of innovation taking place in 100+ public school districts across New Tech Network.

Making the Grade After Graduation

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Lydia Dobyns

Millions of high school seniors are beginning to receive college acceptance letters, but data surrounding students' performance once they get to college should dampen the elation.

Engagement and Compliance in the Classroom. They Aren't the Same!

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Andrew K. Miller

I've come to understand that the term "engagement" needs to be unpacked before addressing issues of management in the classroom. If you ask an educator, "What does engagement look like?" responses will surely vary.

Pathways to Employment: Graduating Students Ready for College and Career

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

It was 10 years in the making, but when the Applied Technology Center opened its doors in 2011 to high school freshmen, it had been entirely funded through a local bond because the community saw the value of the school and supported it.

TED Prize Winner Offers Audacious Vision for Re-inventing Education

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Lydia Dobyns

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDo teachers view themselves as learners? Do they experience their school as a vibrant learning organization? Frankly, this is another test many schools and school leaders fail.

Countdown: Top 10 Education Issues I'm Following in 2013

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

There is no shortage of opportunities to attend conferences, read blogs, review new research or just visit schools to see what is working in education and to also get reminded of what is not working well.

Let's Truly Assess 21st Century Skills!

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

Many teachers are being called to teach these skills, and don't know how to. I've done many workshops with teachers to arm them with these skills. However, there is one issue that seems to be a roadblock for true implementation: assessment.

A '21st Century' Education Is SO Last Century

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's empty phraseology designed to sound like we are preparing for the future when we are already living in that future; and no one believes that what passes for a typical classroom today will be the classroom experience even 10 years from now, let alone for the next 87 years.

After We Avert That Cliff, Let's Create a Nation of Innovators: A Plea for Secretary Duncan

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's time to start measuring educational success by aligning financial resources with performance expectations. "True" educational return on investment (ROI) deserves our undivided attention.