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Picture This! Great Teaching -- An Inspired Way to Celebrate Teachers

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Carnegie Corporation of New York

How would you answer this question: "When I picture great teaching, I see ______?" Last month, Carnegie Corporation and 50 leading education nonpro...

It Makes Me Wonder Why All the Amateurs Have Come to Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

The strong, silent professionals who actually do all of the shoe-work in education are distracted by, of all things, what got them in the profession in the first place. It's their work with children and young persons that is most important, so that's where their attentions rest.

Silence My Voice, Not My Religion

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Stephanie R. Caudle

While this story is powerful and especially resonates with me because of my roots in the school, this act of standing for your religion is a trend sweeping the nation.

Why Kids Hate Reading: An Addict's Perspective

Kyle Weiss | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Kyle Weiss

Strictness in school literature requirements and lack of breadth and in permitted genres to choose from for said requirement is one of the biggest problems with education in America.

The Aftermath of 3,783 Layoffs: What Will Philadelphia Schools Look Like?

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

I can't say I have all of the answers for the funding crisis in the School District of Philadelphia. What I can say is that our schools cannot open without these people. Our students already are at the mercy of a lack of resources. They cannot afford another cut.

ConnectEd Is a Great New Presidential Initiative But We are Already Behind

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The President's education innovation goals are admirable. However, for those of us who have already been accomplishing much of these goals and programs in the past 2-3 decades, in multiple locations throughout the nation, some questions emerge.

A New Evangelical Engagement With Public Schools

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Why would evangelical Christians want anything to do with public schools? Judging from decades of culture war rhetoric, these are bastions of secular humanism where God and his fearers are unwelcome.

Georgia Bus Driver Fired for Complaint About School Lunch Program

Richard Schiffman | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Richard Schiffman

Johnny Cook has been driving for Haralson County Middle School in suburban Atlanta for years. But no longer. Cook was fired for making the following p...

Hartford Performs: Measuring Student Achievement Through Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Brace yourself...this is a big one. Arts education enrichment programs are starting to demonstrate concrete, measurable improvement in student achievement and engagement.

Solving Our Cheating Problem in Schools

Tim Elmore | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Ghost writing is big business today, and thousands of college students take advantage of websites that deliver an "A" or a "B" paper on its due date. But it's not just the students.

Want to Improve Teaching? Listen to Students

Harriet Sanford | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Harriet Sanford

Good teachers have long known the importance of knowing their students, both as learners and as individuals. But building and strengthening the relationship between teachers and students has become central to efforts to improve teaching.

Let's Move More Than Our Lips!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This time, let's prove we aren't all talk and no action. This time, let's demonstrate we aren't hypocrites. This time, let's prove we really are a nation of loving parents and grandparents, concerned and responsible adults. This time, let's move more than our lips.

Chicago's Students Deserve Acts of Heroism

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Dennis Van Roekel

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to shutter 50 (yes, 50) schools won't be good for Chicago's children, especially children of color.

In NYC, Rhetoric vs. Reality

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.23.2013 | New York
Eric Lerum

There is still much work to be done -- but there is no doubt the city's education system is on a better path because of the leadership of the past decade. Students and families in New York City -- and everywhere -- deserve a real debate on the issues.

Nursery School Relics

Anna Sandler | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

All these things were in Molly's nursery school classroom day in and day out, and of course, amongst the bustle of a hurried pick-up on the way to a dentist appointment, were the most mundane things in the world. Now, they became instantly, and overwhelmingly, touching.

Student's Rant Speaks Volumes for What Ails Our Classrooms

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

How can we as a nation go where his teacher would not, and rise up to address students when they ask what their schools are doing to help them?

Dreaming Big in Public School

Dao-Yi Chow | Posted 07.22.2013 | New York
Dao-Yi Chow

I didn't realize it back then, but going to public school in New York City set the direction for what I am doing now. The music I listened to and heard all around me dictated my world.

Can Parents Save American Education?

Jean Johnson | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Jean Johnson

Most American parents readily agree with the premise that parents are a crucial ingredient in a child's educational success. But what exactly do we mean by "parental involvement"?

Karate Kids

Samantha McGarry | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

There is, to quote the dojo that teaches our kids, "so much more to karate than learning to kick and punch."

Take a Stand During 'Michigan Week'

Lisa Diggs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

Together, we are revitalizing Michigan's economy one product, one purchase, one person at a time. Join in the fun and make a difference this Michigan Week.

Report: Some CPS Schools On Closing List Might Be Spared

Posted 05.18.2013 | Chicago

Story by Mark Konkol, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: CHICAGO — Some Chicago Public Schools slated to close this fall as part of the largest school con...

Two Languages for Every Child

Andrew Cotto | Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents
Andrew Cotto

America, as a country, would be wise to implement languages in the curriculum as early as Pre-K in public schools.

Survey Says: Education Is Key to Strong Communities

Kate Markin Coleman | Posted 07.10.2013 | DC
Kate Markin Coleman

Americans handed their communities a grade earlier this year and the results were mixed. Most communities are earning a passing grade, but no one will be putting their report cards on the fridge.

All for One

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One after another of these young people talked about finding not just a community of understanding at Mindstream, but a new family. They reported finding confidence they never had, self-esteem they had lost. They found self-respect, and purpose, and passion.

Schools Take On New Roles In Struggling Communities

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WAR, W.Va. — When school started this fall in this sparsely populated rural area at West Virginia's southern tip, 1 of 7 classrooms was without ...