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The Solution to Teacher Equity? Empower Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

Despite the clear need for change, the obvious question remains: How do we get highly effective teachers into high-need schools? The answer, my own experience tells me, is simple: Empower teachers as leaders so that the difference they are making can be that much greater.

Teaching Kids What It Means to Be Transgender: Why Starting Early Is the Way to Go

Chris Edwards | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Edwards

"So Shtine, what's the latest with the book? Any updates?" That was my cue. Calla and Ava knew their "Uncle Shtiny" had quit his job in advertising to write a book but were very curious what it was about. The question was, at ages 11 and 9, were they old enough to know?

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.

The Privilege of Engagement

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

The most important ingredient in ensuring a happy workforce is to offer them meaningful tasks that help them grow as people and professionals. And that comes from an appreciation for what we do, each and every day.

Ask The Art Professor: Can A Math Teacher Become An Art Teacher?

Clara Lieu | Posted 12.12.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Initiate your career change by building your own history as a working artist. Collect your own tricks of the trade, and share those experiences with your students. Inhabiting both roles as artist and teacher will enrich your art students beyond measure.

The Reason I Loved English Class Is the Reason My Students Hate It

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Karen Zainal

I currently teach Math. But I don't have a single student who likes their English class, and it makes me wonder why. I loved it because I happened to be an obnoxious little linguaphile. The way English classes are (often) run would surely turn off any kid who isn't one.

The Big Bang: The Lean LaunchPad Explodes at University of Maryland

Steve Blank | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Steve Blank

The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPad® into standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within...

Books as Chariots

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So many youngsters and teens alike are facing difficult days as the holidays near. They are in search of another world, a more loving community, a l...

Guidance to Help Struggling Students

S. L. Young | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
S. L. Young

This story is about the power of choice, a dream, desire, and determination to not quit --- along with an ability to overcome, to persevere, and to excel after struggling academically for many years.

6 Ways Teachers Can Foster Cultural Awareness in the Classroom

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Schools have the responsibility to teach all students how to synthesize cultural differences into their knowledge base, in order to facilitate students' personal and professional success in a diverse world.

Listen Up: This Is the Most Meaningful Part of My Job

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 12.04.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Decades as a reporter and editor -- and now as a college instructor -- have installed a well-calibrated BS-detector in my brain. It was not going off.

In Room 201, It Takes Two to Tango

Teach Plus | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

"What's your job?" I ask my third grade students. "To learn!" they exclaim enthusiastically. "And what's my job?" I follow up. "To teach us!" they reply, matter-of-factly.

School Technology: Important for Teaching, Learning

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

As school districts work to prepare students for careers, education and life beyond high school, teaching and using technology in schools has become increasingly important. This doesn't mean simply purchasing and using new devices in school.

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.