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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.

A Sad Day for Children

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Today we all should mourn with the Pakistani people, but tomorrow we, too, must rise up to support them and people of good will everywhere and try to put an end to using children as sacrifices to the bloodlust of terror.

How to Build a Successful School Technology Program

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Technology is a catalyst for change. If you want to disrupt a classroom full of children or young adults, try handing out an iPad or a Chromebook to each of them. You'll see lots of activity and excitement, but without solid planning and expectations, much of that energy will be counter-productive.

Institutions, Schools and Parents Must Reject or Change Stereotypes that Foster Racism

Eric Cooper | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Racial stereotypes -- faulty perceptions based on race -- have blunted black Americans' achievement in just about any area you care to measure: from education and employment to housing and economic success.

Analyzing Ferguson

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

It is unimportant whether we agree with the decision of the grand jury or the juries of future trials and the actions of special investigations. The United States is a nation of laws, and the grand jury has spoken for now. We need to move forward in a peaceful, thoughtful and lawful manner.

Technology in Schools: How to Hire the Best People

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 12.05.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

The technical jobs in schools are now more strategic and service oriented. Cloud computing, SaaS, mobile devices, and Google Apps for Education have changed the game by offering free or inexpensive solutions to replace the traditional server/client configuration.

Juneau, Alaska, Schools Cut 4 Controversial Native History Books From Curriculum

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.05.2014 | Education
Alaska Dispatch News

The Juneau School District superintendent on Thursday said he will remove four books from the fourth-grade curriculum that members of the public called into question this year, saying the controversial material distorted Native American history.

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.

Be a Joy Maker

Daniel Horgan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Daniel Horgan

Despite the traditional bustle we find ourselves in during the holiday season, let's pause for a moment and reflect on the last time someone shared joy with us. Whether someone shared a kind smile, held a door or offered a helping hand, it sure does feel good to recognize all of the joy.

Married to Your School?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

One of the greatest challenges facing families today regarding school choice is when they realize that their school is not the right fit for their child, especially if they have been there many years!

School Funding and Educational Technology: Less Is More

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Teachers and students don't want to use slow, outdated, archaic equipment. For technology to be routinely and seamlessly integrated in the learning process, it needs to be on par with the technology used in our homes.

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 ...

Climate Change This Week: the Pepsi Hijack, Cooling Mirrors, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. An Inspiring Conversation on Addressing Climate Change National Scientific Adviso...

Why Kids Feel Like They Are Starring in 'The Hunger Games'

Tanith Carey | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Tanith Carey

We are creating a generation of kids who are folding under the pressure. After all, by definition, most people who take part in competitions lose. As the testing starts earlier, this also makes for divided classrooms. Children who don't do well right away tend to write themselves off early on.

Illinois Must Use the Lessons of Ferguson to Build a Better State

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in September, Peter Creticos of the Institute for Work and the Economy wrote a thoughtful and provocative piece in the aftermath of the first spate of rioting in Ferguson, Mo.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

There Can Be No Successful All-Charter School System

Peter Greene | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The bottom line is that New Jersey charters do not serve the same population as the districts that house them. Specifically, they serve a smaller percentage of poor students and students with extra learning challenges.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

This 17-Year-Old Has Given 45 African Girls An Education By Selling Headbands

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact

About five years ago, Mary Grace Henry of Harrison, New York, asked for a sewing machine for her birthday. She wanted to design and sell headbands to ...

Fact: There Is Much to Learn About Illinois Charter Schools

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Despite the 148 charter schools in Illinois, many residents of the state don't fully understand what they stand for or what they do. There are more charter schools in Chicago and Rockford than the rest of the state, but many rules govern charter schools throughout the state.

Bullying Prevention: The Power of Empathy

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Richard Weissbourd

We can't just focus on turning kids from bystanders to "upstanders" whenever bullying occurs: We also need to focus on changing social norms and school climate so that bullying doesn't occur. Rather than simply asking children to go against the tide, we need to change the tide itself.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.