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We Need Schools to Be Different

Scott McLeod | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Scott McLeod

There are a lot of different things going on in schools and they're all important. But remedying the relevance disconnect between school and society is the most important educational and equity work of all.

Top-Performing Schools in Some of Illinois' Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.19.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual Report Card with ratings and summaries of stats about schools across Illinois for the 2013-2014 school year.

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

Raising a Generation of Dead-Eyed Dot-Fillers

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Education
Robin Hoffman

Her dark eyes would squint from behind her large plastic rimmed glasses, her chin would jut out defiantly, one side of her mouth would turn up ever so slightly, and she'd simply carry on with what she wanted us to learn, to discover.

Should Altadena Pasadena Olin Academy Be Given a Chance to Formally Establish in Northwest Pasadena?

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 12.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Randy Jurado Ertll

We need a shake-up in public education. And what has helped is the competition from private schools and mushrooming of charters schools. Public school districts now have to rethink how to better educate and retain students.

I'm With Stupid: Jesus and Marijuana Chain of Offense

Todd Hartley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Answer this question truthfully for me: Who's worse these days, people who say or write offensive stuff or the people who get really offended by it? Once upon a time, I imagine the obvious answer was the offenders, but with the way things are now, I honestly think the offended may have become the bigger problem.

Leadership Lessons for the 21st Century: Superintendents' Perspectives

Martin J. Blank | Posted 12.19.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Celebrating 50 years in the educational leadership business, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) asked practitioners from around the countr...

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.

Growing Up Green: Get on NatureTrack and Veggie Rescue for a great cause

LuxEco Living | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green
LuxEco Living

It was truly a gift of nature! Standing in the beautiful vines overlooking Santa Ynez Valley at Sunset.

The Reason I Loved English Class Is the Reason My Students Hate It

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Karen Zainal

I currently teach Math. But I don't have a single student who likes their English class, and it makes me wonder why. I loved it because I happened to be an obnoxious little linguaphile. The way English classes are (often) run would surely turn off any kid who isn't one.

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Jason Saltmarsh

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.

Guidance to Help Struggling Students

S. L. Young | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
S. L. Young

This story is about the power of choice, a dream, desire, and determination to not quit --- along with an ability to overcome, to persevere, and to excel after struggling academically for many years.

Why Johnny Can't Read -- Teachers' Literacy Doesn't Make the Grade in NY

Lynda Bekore | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Lynda Bekore

Parents and politicians across New York and other states have been vehemently protesting the more stringent standards of the recently adopted Common Core curriculum, now enacted in 46 states.

Mindfulness Meditation in Public Schools: Side-Stepping Supreme Court Religion Rulings

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Education
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

Why is mindfulness sweeping American public schools? There is a perceived crisis in U.S. public education.

Illinois Education Funding Needs a Change -- Is SB 16 the Way to Do It?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.04.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In theory, state funding is supposed to be the great equalizer, ensuring that students have the same resources regardless of where they live. In practice, it hasn't worked that way.

America's Children: The Trials of Growing Up in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.03.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

It's getting harder by the day to tell young people that we live in a nation that values freedom and which is governed by the rule of law without feeling like a teller of tall tales.

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...

Sex-Segregation in Schools Is Bad Policy

Lucas Waldron | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Sex-segregation in public schools is not only an archaic policy, it also threatens the safety of trans students and institutionalizes patriarchal definitions of gender that harm our entire society.

Chronic Absenteeism, Poverty and How Community Schools Can Help

Martin J. Blank | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Guest blog by Nicole Mader, Education Policy Analyst at the Center for NYC Affairs at the New School. All school leaders know that children have to ...

School Technology: Important for Teaching, Learning

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

As school districts work to prepare students for careers, education and life beyond high school, teaching and using technology in schools has become increasingly important. This doesn't mean simply purchasing and using new devices in school.

School Disputes Claim It Told Boy On Free Lunch Plan, 'Guess What? You Can't Have A Lunch'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact

Parents of a 7-year-old Washington boy are questioning why their son was told he couldn't be served lunch last month at school, as district officials ...

Teachers Receive Failing Grade on Social Media

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Educators who use social media should take the following steps to protect their online reputations and keep from making the kinds of mistakes that could end their teaching careers.

Are You a 'Real Teacher'?

David Lyell | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
David Lyell

Some would say if you don't like it, get another job. While true, if teacher quality is as important as everyone says it is -- one way to improve teacher quality is to make the job more attractive -- not less competitive.

Blended Learning: It's Not the Tech, It's How the Tech is Used

Preston Smith | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Preston Smith

As a blended learning pioneer and enthusiast, I'm here to tell you technology, on its own, is no cure. More and more, blended learning has become a misused buzzword in education circles.

The Koch Brothers Sneak Into School

Bill Bigelow | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.