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8 Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Christine M. Ristaino

If your child has ADHD you might be thinking of ways to start off 2014 on the right foot. Advocating for your child this year might be all it takes to change a stressful environment into one in which you and your child both feel supported.

In SOTU, the President Should Address 'Obama Derangement Syndrome': Here's the Why and How

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The President cannot provide an accurate report-card to the nation without conveying the central operating principle of Republicans to oppose everything he does (aka, 'all-things-Obama'), even if they previously favored it, or even proposed it themselves.

Box Tops Help Big Food's Bottom Line

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The educational environment should not serve as a blank canvas for food industry advertisers. While Box Tops for Education may appear to be a philanthropic effort, it is yet another example of industry's incessant and predatory -- and worse, school-sanctioned -- marketing to children.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

Mom, I Hate My Teacher

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

Your child will have many different teachers in his/her life. Some will be nicer than others, and he/she will click with some and not click with some.

Letter Grades for Students Get an 'F'

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Imagine the following exercise: You enter with your spouse, partner or good friend. The purpose is to deepen and improve your relationship through honest communication -- a mutual assessment for growth.

Dear Marcy and Jackie: I Ache for My Daughter

Marcy Winograd | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Marcy Winograd

Each week Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, educators with over 20 years of experience working with students from elementary to high school, will answe...

Raising Adam: The Importance of Teaching Standards to Children

Fatima Scipio | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Fatima Scipio

Children have to learn critical thinking skills as well as social skills that will help them to interact in diverse environments. But most importantly, we have to teach them that they are priceless.

Could Poetry Start an Educational Revolution?

Travis Nichols | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Dorothea Lasky is a force of nature. Not only has she published three full-length books and numerous chapbooks of magnificent poetry, she is also a fierce advocate for placing creativity at the core of childhood education.

School-Business Collaboration as a Model for Supporting Public Education

Michael Haberman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Michael Haberman

As we come to the end of this whirlwind year in education reform, leading education blogger Alexander Russo recently summarized The Most Notable Educa...

Brokering Proven Programs to Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

I dislike holiday shopping. The problem is that there are way too many choices. Have you ever walked into a store looking for something specific and...

No, It's Not OK to 'Steal Kisses' -- Here's Why

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

He is endearing and he's 6 and "boys will be boys." But, the girl he kissed without permission is also probably endearing, also 6 and not interested in his touching her. The hard and unpleasant part is the idea that her right not to be involved in his working through learning self-control is legitimate.

Anti-Union Front Group Attacks AFT

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Last week the Center for Union Facts (don't believe the name) sponsored a full-page ad in the Times attributing the "high school slip in global rankings" to a single issue: the failure of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to promote merit pay for teachers.

Addressing Trauma's Impact on Learning Should Be Central to the Way Schools Are Run

Susan Cole | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Susan Cole

Schools that make trauma sensitivity central to their educational mission will benefit all students, whether they have experienced traumatic events or not, because everyone needs to feel safe and connected to the people around them.

'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.

11 Foreign Education Policies That Could Transform American Schools

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

We learned the results of the latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) last week, and American students performed the same on the we...

The New Public: Engaging Student Culture in Schools and Naming Our Reality

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.05.2014 | New York
Elaine Weiss

Making students' real-life experiences relevant to daily classroom life helps students develop a broader worldview and a critical understanding of nuanced social issues concurrent with developing academic skills.

Here's What Is Wrong With the Common Core

Larry Strauss | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Larry Strauss

How do we teach creativity, innovation, collaboration, and intellectual empowerment to our students in a system that is oppressive, repressive, based on mistrust and fear?

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Purely Academic?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

During parent teacher conferences, is it more important to discuss a child's academic development or their social/emotional well-being? This often asked question can be answered simply by stating that both are critical aspects to your child's school life.

Have You Heard About The 'Fat Letters'?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Mothers are the most important and most powerful people in the world related to solving our childhood obesity epidemic. The only way an obese child can change is if the home and family changes, and that will only happen when mom says it will.

What's Education for, Anyway?

William E. White | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
William E. White

The hyperfocus on workplace development is keeping us from accomplishing the core civic education mission of our schools. Strong, engaged citizens make an excellent and reliable workforce.

We Must Fight Poverty As We Fix Our Schools

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Today's headlines shouldn't focus just on test scores; they should tell the whole story. Our children are worth real solutions, not fly-by-night "reform" schemes.

(Un)Common Sense on the Common Core

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Some on the political right see the CCSS as federal intrusion. Some on the political left may see these new standards as infringements on teacher autonomy. But many are just fed up by the botched implementation and lack of resources.

What's Good for Microsoft Turns Out to Be Bad for Public Schools -- and Microsoft

David Morris | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
David Morris

Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance Bill Gates declared in an op ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools.

3 Ways Community Activists Could Make Education Better

Chris Crouch | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

Teachers that are maximizing the time spent with students to bridge learning gaps and scaffold instruction for skill acquisition would greatly benefit from these partnerships and so would our students.