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This Teacher Is Battling Homelessness, But Finds Strength In Her Students And Kids (How To Help)

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact

For Raquel Tillett, the holiday season does not bring a bounty of presents beneath a tree or a feast on a decorated dinner table. Instead, this 44-yea...

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.

How to Get Ahead When Life's Not 'Fair'

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

On the surface, acceptance -- that is, changing what we can change and being realistic about what we cannot change in our lives -- should be the easiest thing to do. After all, how hard is it to resign yourself to the reality of a situation?

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.

"The Inn Crowd"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 10.31.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

If I can afford to retire when I am eligible in five years -- I took a vow of poverty when I went into journalism, so I may be working posthumously -- I'd like to be an innkeeper.

Move Over, Avengers: Single Parents Are The Real Superheroes

Kaly McKenna | Posted 10.28.2014 | Divorce
Kaly McKenna

As a single mom, the one thing I do have in common with these characters of fiction found in your local costume aisle is that I hide my superpower. I hide it really, really well. Instead of a mask, I hide my superpowers behind my tired eyes and weary yawns.

How Teachers Really Feel About the New Academic Year

Tami Shaikh | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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.

$1 Million Thank You for One Outstanding Teacher

Vikas Pota | Posted 10.18.2014 | 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.

Franz Schurmann: A Curious, Restless American Soul

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Andrew Lam

So intense was he and so close was his scrutiny that his nose nearly touched the surface. He might have been there, or he probably wanted to go there. Certainly, he was always curious about the place.

This Coupon Entitles You to One Free Hug

Jenine Durland | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenine Durland

With a great deal of bipolar disorder in my immediate family, I've watched depression's dark tentacles wrap themselves around our hearts in the most insipid and life-altering ways.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

How My 5th Grade Teacher Helped Me Cope With Divorce

Kate Fisher | Posted 09.13.2014 | Divorce
Kate Fisher

As a child I fought hard to overcome the day-to-day challenges divorce introduced into my life. My parents were perpetually at odds, and while the war waged on between them I often wondered how to find my place in the world.

A Letter to My Younger Self

Krystal Reddick | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Life is not over. You just hit a bump in the road. No one plans on getting sick. You cannot account for how an illness might derail your life.

Missing the Full Picture of Voters Attitudes on Public Education

Celinda Lake | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Celinda Lake

The ongoing discourse before, during and after the Vergara trial decision has tried to blame teachers and further the idea that current policies keep ineffective teachers in low-performing school districts and perpetuate unequal outcomes. Our research suggests voters do not agree with this causality.

Teachers, Coaches and Mentors

William Irvine | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
William Irvine

A 21st century Stoic will constantly be on the lookout for mentors. She will be searching, in particular, for people who seem to have some important aspect of life figured out.

This 7th Grader Is Having 5 Existential Crises We Can All Relate To

Eric Barry | Posted 08.06.2014 | Comedy
Eric Barry

A good friend of mine who teaches walked into his classroom this afternoon to discover that one of his students had decided to enumerate their introspections on the classroom board.

Smartening up About End-of-the-Year Teachers' Gifts

Laura Wellington | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

Well, it's that time of year again, folks -- the time of year when parents grapple with what to get their children's teachers in appreciation for their year-long service.

What's Great About Kids Today

Colleen Turner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Colleen Turner

Bullying behaviors do not last long when a child's peer group appreciates the importance of respecting themselves and others

Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Become a Teaching Assistant?

Clara Lieu | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Clara Lieu

Working as a TA can be a highly enriching and rewarding experience. By collaborating with the professor and students, you learn to cultivate vital relationships and gain essential perspective.

Living in a Converted Garage With a Master's Degree

DJ Cook | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
DJ Cook

My life prior to student loan debt and the economic collapse of 2008 was one of promise. I was a straight "A" student in high school and I have earned two degrees. I am a law abiding citizen and have never been arrested.

What's Going on in Mr. Aronin's Class?

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Good News
Te-Erika Patterson

My son, who believes books are boring and prefers learning from Youtube videos over reading instructions, has actually been reading and discussing the books and thought provoking themes you have introduced to him.

Unspoken Lessons From Our Greatest Teachers, Our Students

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Okafor

While some look at their students as "lazy," "ungrateful" kids, I see something much better. Our students are the ones that can teach us things that we would never expect.

An Iranian-American 'Pioneer' Celebrates 50 years in America

David Shams | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
David Shams

On Feb. 7, Beatles lovers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's arrival in America. While I like the Beatles, my siblings and I will be celebrating a different 50th anniversary: The arrival of our father in the United States.

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...

Going Beyond Ads To Attract Young Teachers

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Robyn Gee The 30-second PSAs from the U.S. Department of Education's TEACH campaign, run by a coalition of major corporations and Teach for Americ...