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How Do We Hold On to Hope in Times of Injustice?

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 11.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

My daughter and I were standing in the middle of the baseball field in Inwood Hill Park, looking up at the stars, when something told me to check to see if the decision was finally announced. "NO INDICTMENT" stared back at me, taunting. I fell to my knees, crying. Yet again I was that kid watching an injustice occur right before my eyes and feeling helpless to do anything about it.

Teachers Look for a Pony

Lee Kronert | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

Parents, administrators and public opinion may not always be in our favor yet we teachers persevere. When we are insulted, have our integrity questioned and slandered by those who do not understand what it is we do, we will still continue to look for the pony in every child.

Teachers Receive Failing Grade on Social Media

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Educators who use social media should take the following steps to protect their online reputations and keep from making the kinds of mistakes that could end their teaching careers.

Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were.

When Disposable Cameras Develop Far More Than Photography

Joe Paradise | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Joe Paradise

In the world of education, teachers are familiar with the rare, unplanned moment where a learning opportunity presents itself to their students.

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.

A New Paradigm for Accountability: The Joy of Learning

Diane Ravitch | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Whatever you call it, Race to the Top has hurt children, demoralized teachers, closed community schools, fragmented communities, increased privatization, and doubled down on testing. But I have an idea for a new accountability system that relies on different metrics.

What Veterans Have Taught Me About Teaching

Briallen Hopper | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Briallen Hopper

Just as much as students need concrete academic help, they need us to notice their drive and their struggle. We can do this by making sure that we acknowledge the work they're putting into the class, whether it's showing up in their grades or not.

The Common Core Standards: A Matter of One Nation

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

'We the people... in order to form a more perfect union...' There have been statements made throughout the history of the United States of America...

Bridging the Science Gap

Maureen Seaberg | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Maureen Seaberg

'The United States is lagging behind the rest of the world in science and mathematics. It is not because of a lack of raw talent. The U.S. educational system has become so focused on assessment that it has lost the trees in the forest.'

Improving Teaching Through Collegial Support

Sean McComb | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Sean McComb

Our children deserve a national emphasis on bolstering education in every classroom through systemic, on-going, collegial support. We can ensure that every child gets great instruction because we share our strengths.

What Professors Shouldn't Teach

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 10.30.2014 | College
Steven Shiffrin

Generations of students have rejected my views. Would I like to persuade some? Sure. But that is far from my primary goal.

That's My Boy!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

There is nothing quite as touching as watching a group of children sitting quietly, though quite anxiously, for their names to be called to receive a ...

Moving Toward Better Teachers Begins With Better Teacher Preparation

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

Much attention is paid to related topics such as teacher tenure, due process, salaries, and external factors such as poverty. But not nearly enough focus is paid to teacher education and what it really takes to prepare a truly excellent teacher for the challenges of today's classrooms.

Why There Are No Good Apps for Etiquette and Education

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.28.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

The very devices and media delivery systems that provide us with unprecedented insight and understanding of the world are also distracting us from what is existing in front of our eyes.

The School of Life

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Catherine Nagle

Regardless of how we begin our lives, where we've been, what we've done or with whom we have studied, we all have something of value to share with the world.

Bullies in the Classroom

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

We probably all have memories of our favorite teachers, the ones who inspired us and still make us smile years later. And then there are the ones who are like Grendel at the banqueting hall in Beowulf, casting a long shadow.

How to Get Your News From Poems

Josh Stearns | Posted 10.24.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems," wrote American poet William Carlos Williams, "yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there." And yet, we are seeing more and more efforts to combine poetry and reporting.

Don't Ask About Your Kids' Grades in College

Robert Shireman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
Robert Shireman

Instead of asking about grades, we ask our adult children to occasionally share with us something they do for a class, an artifact of their college experience.

A Thank You To The Teacher Who Saw What No One Else Did

Kamrin Baker | Posted 10.23.2014 | Teen
Kamrin Baker

Teachers like this are the reason I wake up and go to school in the mornings. I'm counting down the days of high school now, and I still hold those elementary building blocks near and dear.

Laughter Trumps Nerves

Maria Senise | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

There's nothing like showing up a week early to a substitute teaching training session. I can't stop laughing at my own ridiculousness that came out i...

Subbing in Middle School: The 10th Circle of Hell

Paul Janes-Brown | Posted 10.22.2014 | Hawaii
Paul Janes-Brown

At 8 A. M. I was called by the sub teacher computer and asked if I would like an assignment that was for Tuesday at 7:30 A.M. Thinking it was Monday, I gladly accepted the job despite there being no instructions from the teacher.

I Need to Tell You About Will

Mary E. Graham | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
Mary E. Graham

I would have missed out on a real relationship with a great kid because he was quiet and respectful and studious. Man, teaching is hard. Hard in ways you don't yet know and hard in ways you can't imagine.

Tireless 100-Year-Old Refuses To Give Up Teaching, Reminds Us What Passion Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.22.2014 | Good News

This senior has shared her love of teaching for generations, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Madeline Scotto of Brooklyn, New York, has be...

3 Things Teaching Yoga Taught Me About Business

Tova Payne | Posted 10.20.2014 | Small Business
Tova Payne

You know yoga is meant to awaken us, to enlighten -- which simply means to turn on the light. And it does this because it is so confronting. Well, let me tell you it is, and so is business.