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Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes You Knew

Rachel Vail | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Vail

I like it when you think I'm funny. Or interesting. Or awesome. I actually do care what you think about me. Please find something specific you actually like about me because sometimes I can't find anything in myself to like at all.

6 Reasons to Take Your Kids Out of the Country and 6 Ways to Make It Happen

AK Turner | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
AK Turner

Starting a family doesn't have to mean an endless routine mired in domesticity. If you had the travel bug before kids, you can and should continue to travel as your family grows.

3 Ways Martial Arts Helps Bully-Proof Your Child

Karl Romain | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Karl Romain

Back to school should be an exciting time -- new teachers, new clothes, new school supplies and new friends. But for a child who is the victim of a bully, the excitement of a new school year is filled more with anxiety than anticipation.

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

Does High Per-Pupil Spending Spell Academic Success?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Like so much else in education policy, the answer is a firm, "Maybe."

Why There Are More Female Teachers Than Males

SFGate | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books

When he was only 18, Herman Melville taught for a winter in a crowded and underfunded one-room schoolhouse in rural Massachusetts....

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Your Child's School Success? It's All in Your Head

Hilary Wilce | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Schools and teachers work hard to offer a good education to their students, and a cheerful, willing child who is able to meet them halfway and absorb what they have to offer will do well in their care.

Want to Change It? Scale It!

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

About three years ago I met with a team of teachers to discuss a common concern - student comportment. The teachers collectively felt that respect and...

The School Tradition I Can't Believe I Actually Started

Elisabeth Egan | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Elisabeth Egan

The postcards lend an organizing principle to the most hectic moments of my day. They give me something to think about while I jockey Oreos and baby carrots, claw my way into a Ziploc pack of provolone and scrub grape jelly off the sash of my bathrobe.

Creating Your Inspiration Board...for Schools

Barbara Levy | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Barbara Levy

What words inspire a school choice? Are you looking for a public school? Are you looking for a private school? Make a word bank of words that inspire you.

Permission and Prohibition

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Re-examining our behaviors regarding permission and prohibitions in the realm of body, mind (belief systems), feelings and socio-cultural practices can be beneficial to our health and well-being.

Learning to Live Together

James E. Ryan | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
James E. Ryan

"Unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever begin to live together." Justice Thurgood Marshall penned these words 40 years ago, as part of his stirring dissent in Milliken v. Bradley. As we head into another school year, and especially in light of recent events, it is worth pausing to consider his warning.

I Left a Little of Me at Wounded Knee

Ana Garcia | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Ana Garcia

If the West was going to be won, the people needed stories of legends and victories whether they were true or not. I believe the truth is important. That's why I had to go to Wounded Knee.

School Dress Codes: The Funny-Not-Funny Video You Have to See

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Dress codes have less to do with sexy than with social order. They are like sumptuary laws, frequently, unconsciously or not, designed to protect a sexist, frequently racist and homophobic status quo and kids know it.

Getting the Most Out of Classroom Observations

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.05.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

By following these suggestions, principals can set a more positive, focused and goal-oriented tone to the observation process. The result will be happier teachers and genuine sense of fulfillment, knowing that you are satisfying one of the most important tasks in your role as instructional leader.

Why Asian Education Is Better, and Why It Is Not

David Scott Clegg | Posted 09.05.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

Everywhere I go these days it seems I'm faced with the same question: what is wrong with America's education system? The query is usually followed with a defining statement that Asian students are 'kicking our butts' on the international exams. But are they correct?

The Introvert in the Classroom

Katie Hurley | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

As an adult, I know how to thrive in this world. I know when to speed up and when to slow down. I know how to assert my needs and when to walk away. And I don't let the input from others get me down. For little ones, it's not so easy

11 of the Princeton Review's Top Colleges Are in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.04.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

11 Illinois colleges were included among the Princeton Review's list of the best 379 colleges in the country for the 2014-2015 school year.

War-Weary Southern Israel Starts School Year

Anav Silverman | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

On Monday, September 1, schools across Israel opened for the new the school year, as 2,105,394 children took their places in the classroom -- merely a week after a 50-day war with Hamas ended in a cease-fire agreement.

Why Idleness Paves the Way for Your Success (Yes, Really!)

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Even though we try to fill up every moment, modern life is punctuated by lulls. Take advantage of opportunities to turn your brain off, whether it's during your commute, at the gym, or while waiting for a tardy lunch date.

Teachers' Salaries in Illinois' 10 Biggest School Districts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.29.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois teachers' salaries aren't the highest in the country, but our teachers do the important work of educating our children and setting up the next generation for success.

A School's Moral Vision

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Doing well on tests is not an education, but simply a skill in taking tests. School offers an education that is too precious to be surrendered to those with no understanding of learning's ultimate meaning and value.

Teach Kids to Recognize Emotions

Daniel Goleman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Daniel Goleman

Turning our attention to our mental state -- otherwise known as self-awareness -- allows us to manage ourselves well, even when rocked by disturbing feelings. This is a skill that helps children become better learners.

Dear Students

Katie Manley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Katie Manley

If you think no one cares, we do. If you think no one wants to see you succeed, we want nothing more than that. If you think no one understands you, we will try. If you think you can't do it, we think you can. If you think you aren't special, we think you are. We are in your corner.