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My Brother's Keeper: Better With Secret Sauce

Laura Barrett | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Many applauded when President Obama announced his new initiative, My Brother's Keeper. According to the White House: "By the time they hit fourth gr...

The Ripple Effect

TNTP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education
TNTP

Debates about education often start with -- and stick to -- abstract notions of opportunity and equity. So when economists take a hard look and crunch the numbers on reform, we take notice.

Let's Not Forget About Recess!

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

Recess is one of the few active, unstructured times in your child's academic day. It is imperative that children are given this time to run around, blow off steam and get regular exercise.

You've Heard About Schools That Haven't Improved -- Here's One That Did, and It Has Lessons for Us All

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

She arrived in October, after the school year had already begun, which is a difficult beginning for any principal. One of Montiel's first orders of business was to address the fact that very few students could meet state reading and math standards.

We Need a Course Correction on Common Core

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

NEA members have a right to feel frustrated, upset, and angry about the poor commitment to implementing the standards correctly. So, where do we go from here?

Been There, Did That, Doing It Again: True Grit

Marty Keltz | Posted 04.22.2014 | Fifty
Marty Keltz

Most kids are forced to cope with a system that measures their success based on how they perform on batteries of standardized tests. In classes devoted to test prep they are told to "get used to it," work harder and show some "grit." Clearly, little has changed from when I was a child.

Replace the Race

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Vicki Abeles

Since the release of Race to Nowhere, I've traveled across the country, hearing stories from parents, educators and students who struggle with the pressures of our achievement-obsessed education system and culture.

What My Students Worry About the Most

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my nine years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine.

My Solution to the American Education Debate: Joining Teach For America

Colby Woodis | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Colby Woodis

The question that everyone is trying to answer is how we make our schools better for our kids. It seems like everyone has an opinion as to what the best solution is. Personally, I don't quite know what the right answer is. So I decided to join Teach for America to find out.

What My Students Think About Mike Sam

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

I decided to not only empower my students, but give them a forum where they can freely, and without judgment, share their thoughts, views and opinions on the topics that are current and being discussed in the mainstream media.

Asphyxiating Education

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Just like the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act of the Bush era, in whose wake it follows, it's all about testing and uniform standards and the "rigorous" evaluation of schools and teachers; and it's clueless about the nature of childhood development, not to mention reality.

Transforming Education Requires Talent at Every Level

Scott Morgan | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact
Scott Morgan

We will never build high-performing school systems if we drive away our top teachers at such alarming rates. The education sector must become a talent magnet that draws great people to the teaching profession and retains top performers.

There Are Still Some Lights On in Camden

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Carlos R. Moreno

I wonder how Dr. King would have dealt with Camden and its troubles.

North Carolina is No Fairy Tale -- But Will There Be a Happy Ending?

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Katie Mgongolwa

In this faraway land, McCrory was very happy to become the ruler over this vast land. He sat down in his new, bright and shiny office and thought about the things he had promised people over his campaign.

To Test or Not to Test?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I recently received an e-mail from a reader who raised a question that haunts a lot of teachers and parents: Does testing harm kids?

The Child, Not the File

Preston Smith | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Preston Smith

As educators, we should have the courage to revisit our approaches to serving all kids, including students with special needs, and be willing to boldly innovate so that we can offer students the support they need to succeed while being challenged.

Father of Transgender Teen Celebrates Historic Victory

Wayne Maines | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

Transgender children across the nation have taught me that real change requires more than courage. It also requires action. Without action their courage often goes unnoticed.

Why Trust in Teachers Is Central to a Child's Academic Success

David DeSteno | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
David DeSteno

There are three ways to learn: You can research and systematically analyze information, you can conduct your own experiments, or you can believe what people tell you. For adults, learning new things usually involves a mix of all three strategies. But for young children, the story is decidedly different.

Why Pay for SkyPagers or Old Phones?

Jamal Simmons | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology
Jamal Simmons

With ConnectED, the President has said that only high-speed broadband can bring our students fully into the digital age. It's a great start, but the rest of the country needs to move forward aggressively as well.

Mentors Play Key Role in Getting Students to School

Robert Balfanz | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Robert Balfanz

When school started two years ago, DeVanya a high-performing student from the Bronx, was there with her bright purple sneakers and shiny new binders e...

Who's Cheating Whom?

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

All too often, I think we're actively teaching our children that external, material, quantifiable indicators of accomplishment are the most important.

Poverty, Politics, Racism and School Reform

Cami Anderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Cami Anderson

Newark's inconvenient truth: Our poorest neighborhoods, disproportionately African American, contain some of the lowest-performing public schools in the country and have for a long time.

Monitor and Adjust: The Way to Improve Education

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is important to start with what research has demonstrated to be best practice, but it isn't enough. Continual monitoring to see what is working and what needs adjusting has to happen if schools are going to improve.

Five Myths About Families That Homeschool

Monica Swanson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Monica Swanson

While I have seen families who let their kids run wild under the guise of "homeschooling," I think this is the exception. Most families that choose to homeschool do so committed to giving their kids the best education possible.

5 New Approaches to Teaching and Learning: The Next Frontier

Christopher Emdin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Christopher Emdin

This cycle of dysfunction is a reality for educators across the country, and is part of the reason why achievement gaps exist, dropout rates remain high, and teacher retention is a perpetual issue. I describe five approaches that have a proven record of being successful in the many schools.