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3 Reasons to Be Proud for Supporters of Education Equality

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

On March 27, policymakers, teachers, philanthropists and Integrated Student Supports providers rolled up their sleeves, pulled up their chairs, and sat down at the table -- both literally and figuratively. And with that, ISS officially became a part of the national conversation.

What If We Had a Test and Nobody Took It?

John Thompson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
John Thompson

In a rational world, the public school test prep season wouldn't heat up during the winter and the first of April wouldn't signify the beginning of th...

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

Coming Together to Become Our Brothers' Keepers

John Thompson | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I believe the real Barack Obama is the one who sat cross-legged with students at Washington DC's Powell Elementary School. As the Washington Post's Em...

P-16 and P-20 Initiatives: Critical for Education Reform

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

If the goal of P-12 education is to prepare students for success in the adult world that follows, there seems to be a bit of a disconnect when a high ...

The Making of an Excellent School: Not So Easy, Not So Fast

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I did not understand how something as benignly written as the Common Core State Standards could be hi-jacked by political and corporate powers to create schools that are now submersed in mind-numbing test prep and fear in the name of "accountability."

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.

Rebranding Common Core

John Thompson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The reform public relations spin machine has struggled recently as more families reject top-down micromanaging of their children's schools. Common Core standards were originally sold as a corrective to the rote instruction encouraged by NCLB. Now Common Core is promising "tests worth teaching to."

'Sort of a Jack Abramoff Kind of Thing'

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

When the Canutillo Independent School District found out its superintendent was cooking the books just like in nearby El Paso, the board members knew they had a problem on their hands.

New York's All-Day Pre-K Plan: Good News for Teachers?

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Michelle Chen

Following a national trend of opening public schools to children younger than 5, New York's newmayor, Bill de Blasio, plans to provide universal acce...

Campbell Brown's Ridiculous Attack on Teacher Unions

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Education
Dave Johnson

Today's ridiculous attack on teacher unions is one that accuses them of supporting sexual predators in schools. Let's see if we can figure out what's behind it.

Teachers Are Workers

John Thompson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Lawmakers who have blue collar experience hold more pro-worker beliefs and work measurably harder to advance the interests of the working class.

BYOD, Customized Learning and Virtual Academics: K-12 Trends for 2014 -- Part II

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In my first article about k-12 education trends I wrote about what lies ahead for K-12 schools in 2014 when it comes to life skills programs, expansio...

Life Skills, Cloud Technology and Branding: K-12 Trends for 2014 -- Part I

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Even though the traditional K-12 calendar is only about halfway over, the New Year is a time for reflection and goal-setting for educators. The year 2...

What's Out, What's In: 2014 Education Edition

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.28.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

Since "Out" and "In" lists are in favor as the calendar flips, here are my nominees for what should be "Out" and "In" in education for 2014.

Are Current School Reforms Imperiling Long-Term Gains?

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jack Jennings

A blizzard of education reports and studies appears every year. This swirl of information, analysis, and commentary -- some of which is contradictory -- makes it difficult to understand the condition of America's public schools. In short, are the schools getting better or worse?

The Principles That Unite Us

John Thompson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The time is right for educators to reintroduce our old-fashioned, sensible, evidence-based approach to school improvement. "The Principles that Unite Us" presents a balanced game plan for communities and labor to unite for educational and social justice.

'School Reform': They Wouldn't Do This to White Kids

John Owens | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
John Owens

That this middle/high school consisted of nothing more than a bunch of classrooms on the third floor of an old elementary school, set between a hospital and a jail, only underscored its single-minded, academic focus.

Joy Resmovits

A Third Of Schools Saw Scores Fall After Getting Federal Grants | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

After receiving turnaround grants from the Obama administration for the wholesale overhauling of schools, the nation's lowest-performing schools have ...

The Slow Gamification of K-12 Classrooms

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Children are becoming acutely acquainted with mobile technology long before their K-12 classroom years. When they arrive at their first organized scho...

Improving K-12 Writing Standards: What Will it Take?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

While global communication has grown and improved by leaps and bounds in the past two decades, the same cannot be said for K-12 writing skills. A new ...

How Should We Read NAEP Test Score Results in Washington D.C.?

John Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
John Thompson

We teachers have enough on our plates helping our students, fighting the cheaper, but equally dangerous knock-offs of D.C.'s IMPACT evaluation system, and working for humane and evidence-driven methods to improve our schools. We shouldn't waste our strength worrying about whether evidence that supports the accountability hawks is exaggerated or not.

Academic Plateau: The Worse-Off Generation?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The great dream of all parents is that their children will grow up to have even better life circumstances than they do. Parents want their little ones...

Joy Resmovits

Bloomberg Wasn't On Any Ballot, But Here's How He Affected Elections Nationwide | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Though his name wasn't on a ballot Tuesday, perhaps the most influential figure on education issues during the election cycle was New York...

Student Leaders Offer Simple Solutions to School Challenges

Kyle Redford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

At the heart of Peer Group Connection is a simple and compelling premise: caring school cultures can be created by students connecting to students in healthy and supportive ways.