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Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

Paul Loeb | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Loeb

We live in a contradictory world. Dispiriting events coincide with progress for human dignity. Bombs fall on children. The gay rights movement makes unimaginable gains. But when change occurs, it's because people find ways to act even in demoralizing times or when all the doors seem closed, and open up new possibilities by doing so.

A Back-to-School Supply List for Administrators and Policymakers

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Some of the supplies listed are for students, some are for teachers, and some are for you, so that you can better understand what teachers need and do. We'll start with the "easy" supplies first -- the literal ones.

Dear High School Teachers: Sorry for Being a Sh*t

Clint Edwards | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Clint Edwards

I'm grateful that you cut me slack and stuck with me, that you took the time to chat with me after class about my family, that you encouraged me to keep trying, and, most importantly, that you, time and time again, talked me out of leaving school.

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.

Back to School, Back in the Day

Minnesota Historical Society | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Minnesota Historical Society

Everyone is excited for back to school time. Kids are eager to see friends, get a new teacher, hopefully learn a few things. Parents are ready to get...

What Your Middle School Teacher Wants You to Know

Mary E. Graham | Posted 09.04.2014 | Education
Mary E. Graham

If you're not one of the select few who choose to spend their days around prepubescent twelve and thirteen year old kids, here are some things us middle school teachers would love for you to know as you're dealing with your middle schooler or your middle school teacher...

Back-to-School Anxiety

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Whether or not your child is feeling anxious about the start of school, you can use this time to talk to principals, guidance counselors and teachers about the importance of creating a classroom and school that feels safe and welcoming.

4 Back-to-School Myths About College Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

As students and families begin the school year, let's take a second to dispel some myths about college textbooks. Before we debunk some myths around ...

Understand and Protect Your Kids' Privacy at School

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

If the whole issue of privacy is new and the phrase "personally identifiable information" doesn't mean anything to you, it is time to get started and educate yourself!

Celebrating Our Largest Summer Institute to Date

Nourish International | Posted 08.29.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

Through workshops, mentoring and hands-on training, students learned how to earn money, partner with international communities, and run a successful Nourish Chapter on their campuses.

So Empty Is My Nest

Bushra Alvi | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Bushra Alvi

A parent's love for a child is the strongest and purest bond of all humanity and for this reason one of the hardest things for a parent to do is to wave goodbye as their child leaves for college.

The New Student Life: Talking With College Students With Jobs

Megan Lent | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Megan Lent

This is a quandary that around 14 million college students face in their actual, non-joke-from-Tumblr lives. It isn't news that more and more college students are working. But why are they working?

How Teachers Really Feel About the New Academic Year

Tami Shaikh | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Tami Shaikh

I have been a teacher for the past 13 years, the students I once taught are now in college. It is such a mixed feeling of pride and joy to think of your students grown up.

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

Monica Medina | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Monica Medina

Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.

Seeing the Humanity of "The Other"

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college

Curing Students of Nomophobia

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Do you know this word? Nomophobia is a term describing a growing fear in today's world -- the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact. Among today's high school and college students, it's on the rise.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.

A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...

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.

7 Things A Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood

Marsha Pinto | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Marsha Pinto

For quiet students, another school year calls for the oh-so-familiar report card comments on participation and the series of unfortunate classroom events they've come to know all too well.

8 Ways to Get Grandparents Involved in Your Child's Classroom

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Lisa Carpenter

Grandparents are often ready, willing and happy to attend school activities, but may fear overstepping their boundaries when it comes to helping out with educational matters.

Teachers, Like Mr. Keating, Deserve Due Process, Support, and Our Respect

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Teachers can and do make a real difference in children's lives, and a real reform agenda would make investments in improving teacher quality. But we must not pretend that eliminating due process would improve teacher quality, that raising students' test scores is the sole solution or that teacher quality is the only educational obstacle facing students.

$1 Million Thank You for One Outstanding Teacher

Vikas Pota | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Vikas Pota

The low status of teachers means that we are missing out on thousands of the most talented graduates who won't join a profession that does not command respect.

The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

Storytelling, to a degree, can provide instruction closer to a real-life experience than a didactic lecture full of statistics. Here are some simple suggestions on how to capitalize on storytelling as you teach or lead students.