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Summer, Once a Time for Reflection, Now the Time for Radical Redesign

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Although the phrase hasn't entered mainstream conversation, "competency education" is on the mind of lots of educators and policymakers.

Is the 2015 Chicago Public Schools budget based on a "gimmick?"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Q: What's 14 months long and lasts 365 days? A: The Chicago Public Schools 2015 fiscal year. That's no joke. It's the gist of a report from fiscal w...

For the Love of Classroom Tech

Todd Felderstein | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Todd Felderstein

As today's science affects our lifestyles exponentially, many districts now have line items in their budgets that reflect the changing landscape of high-tech learning. Is it justified? Will students continue to learn using yesterday's methods in preparation for a wireless, paperless future? Can they?

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.

On Charter Schools, Say This, Not That

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

A handy new guide to charter school messaging ensures that never again will you accidentally say *market share* when you mean *student share* or *businesses* when what you really meant to mean all along was *schools.*

Tackling Challenges of Education and Health Together

Linda P. Fried | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Linda P. Fried

In the United States, we all too often tackle challenges in distinct fields separately, but America is experiencing challenges in education and health that could be tackled together in ways that are mutually beneficial and cost-effective.

House Hunting as a Person of Color With a Child on the Way

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

As my partner and I are both attorneys who work on and in support of public education, private school was not an option for us, so we decided to look for homes further out but with highly rated public schools. At the risk of sounding naïve, I was wholly unprepared for the reality that came with prioritizing high-quality public schools in my home search.

Summer Learning: No Vacation From Opportunity Gap

Emily Richmond | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

A new report suggests that when it comes to summer enrichment programs, the opportunities that might help slow that academic slide for struggling students are out of reach for many families.

A Teacher's Tips for Parents

Susan B. Katz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Susan B. Katz

Summer is well underway and parents often grapple with the same behavioral challenges that teachers face in the classroom. Rarely, however, is there an exchange of effective strategies for dealing with kid chaos.

Christina Wilkie

Koch High: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries, is funding a public high school course designed to turn young people into "liberty-advan...

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

Funding Disparity Highlights Inequality Between District, Charter Students

Mashea Ashton | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Mashea Ashton

Equity should mean real equality for everyone. Most of all, education reform should be aimed at creating an education system that serves all students, and gives everyone a quality education that prepares them for college and a rewarding career.

Education Reform Is Dumb

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

You would be hard-pressed to find data that show less money in education leads to better results, but you can easily find people who complain that we spend too much on education.

Join National Campaign to Put Focus of Public Education on Student Learning

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The average American student and teacher now spend about 30 percent of the school year preparing for and taking standardized tests. This is time that schools could use to achieve their primary purpose of educating students. Instead, they become nothing more than test factories.

Cleveland: 10 Things Politico Should Know

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

Yesterday, after the Republican National Committee named Cleveland as its 2016 convention site, a writer for Politico added his two cents. The article obviously meant well but started with something that happened 45 years ago and had all the hallmarks of a hastily cobbled together piece.

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

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.08.2014 | 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?

It's Not a Race: A Letter to My Daughter Before College

Vicki Abeles | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

I'm proud of how bravely you've survived the one-size-fits-all pressure cooker that American high school has become. But now that you're preparing to go away to college, I only hope your university experience won't be more of the same.

Michigan Charter Schools Is Why Local Control Matters

Paul Ruth | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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.

Send in a Sub: Life in the Blackboard Jungle

Steve Early | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Steve Early

Thirty years ago, there was no better progressive state legislator in Massachusetts than Tom Gallagher, who migrated to Beacon Hill after graduating from Boston College and working as a part-time public school teacher.

Higher Ed Slims Down

Kitty Dare | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Kitty Dare

Higher education in America fails mostly for the same reason people get fat. It takes a lot of hard work to be successful no matter how you go about it. But there are options.

Waiting For Environmental Justice to Come

David A. Love | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Environmental toxins and pollutants know no class or race, and yet government policies and corporate activities place an undue burden on the health of the poor and communities of color.

Navigating the Culture of Schools and Communities

Martin J. Blank | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Brooke Troutman, a Northwestern University intern with the Coalition for Community Schools, at the Institute for Educational Leadership, contributed t...

Deserving of Celebration: Public Education Done Right

Elaine Weiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Student poverty needn't be an "intractable" issue that we can't address, or that we must set aside while we "fix" public schools. Rather, our schools are microcosms of our increasingly diverse, but also increasingly unequal, country.

Nurturing Inequality: A Strategy for Achieving Unequaled Accomplishment for Every Learner

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Carlos R. Moreno

I believe that schools can make a contribution to reducing overall inequality of opportunity in our society and economy but in what might appear a contrary way: by actually creating inequality in schools.

Positively Deviant School Reform?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 06.27.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

If you had six months, little to no resources, and a clear mandate to solve a chronic country-wide problem -- what would you do? As someone who cares deeply about American public education, I believe a certain approach could yield great returns.