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Educator George E. Leonard's Phenomenal Results in New York City: Could The National Stage Be Next?

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Akoshia Yoba

There is a bright spot on the horizon--a leader in education who through his innovative and effective approach to teaching students in the inner cities, has proven himself to be astonishingly disruptive to the status quo in the best of ways. His name is George E. Leonard.

What One Urban School District Can Teach the Country About Stress Relief

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Linda Esposito, LCSW

While there's no silver bullet, San Francisco Unified boasts a unique approach to tackling the biggest threat to student achievement: stress.The Transcendental Meditation technique is simple, and easy to learn and implement.

Technology and Mentorship: Addressing the Problem of Urban Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.20.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Students in urban schools tend to have stereotypes attached to them. Rather than see these students as individual learners, many urban kids and their ...

Eli Broad, Houston Schools Supe Grier on Urban Education

Jane Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

This week on Bloomberg EDU, Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership and a national system for education.

Urban Agenda, 'Now Go Out and Make Me Do It': Facade of Recovery Hides Broad Failures in Urban Areas

Dick Simpson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

There has not been a national urban agenda since the Carter administration three decades ago. The Office of Urban Affairs that President Obama opened when he went to the White House has been impotent.

Ain't Misbehavin'

Randy Miller | Posted 02.25.2013 | Education
Randy Miller

When it comes to Black and Latino kids in urban schools, educators need to ask themselves an honest question: do you care more about academic performance of students or student behavior?

Teacher To Run 155 Miles Through Sahara To Buy Laptops For Students

Posted 10.26.2012 | Education

Boston Public School teacher Liz Byron has had enough with the lack of resources holding her students back. She's frustrated with the fact that in a d...

When the Community Works Together, Our Schools Prosper

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | San Francisco
Rhiana Maidenberg

By aligning the interests of each individual school with each other and fostering a collective, citywide spirit, edMatch is helping build one more plank on the bridge to equality.

A Lesson for Public Schools From Steve Jobs

Anna Wong | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education
Anna Wong

If Steve Jobs were attending a typical urban public school today, chances are high that he would have been suspended, expelled, or at the very least, put on a track aimed at failure rather than success.

In Defense of Teach for America

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

Not every single TFA teacher will forge a career in education; some may only be slightly better than the teacher in the classroom next to them. But TFA has begun to raise awareness about educational inequality and social injustice.

Fixing American Education Chertok Interview Series: Part 1 -- What's Right With Public Education?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Mark Goulston, M.D.

With computers, the walls of the school and the limits they imposed, no longer existed. Computers are used to find information, track student progress, reinforce the work covered in class, diagnosis weakness in a students' understanding and prescribe an instructional remedy.

5 Ways Red Tails Can Inspire Deeper Conversations With African-American Youth

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Red Tails, with its success at the box office, majority African-American cast and white main funder, invites a powerful conversation that all Americans should be engaged in.

Coal for Christmas

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

With class sizes increasing due to teacher layoffs, and the dismissal of reading specialists, it is not far-fetched to say that learning is being jeopardized by less money being spent on education.

Extended Time or Quality Time

Randy Miller | Posted 02.15.2012 | Education
Randy Miller

Based on what I am experiencing at my school, I can honestly say that our extended time or extended school day isn't working.

Introducing the New Majority

Teach Plus | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

So what is driving great early-career teachers away? For a large proportion, it is a lack of leadership opportunities.

Yale Grads Launch Experimental Teach For America Alternative

| Neena Satija | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. A daycare in every New Haven public school for young mothers. A documentary about the dev...

If I Were a Middle Aged White Man

Louis Peitzman | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Louis Peitzman

If I were a middle aged white man, I wouldn't write articles called "If I Were a Poor Black Kid" for Forbes. With a title like that, it wouldn't matter what points I was making.

5 Reasons Why Students Are Being Arrested in Schools

Christopher Emdin | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Our youth are arrested within urban schools that are physically structured just like prisons. Below are some of the reasons why kids are being arrested, along with some insight about what we can do about it.

Fostering Collaboration between Schools and Urban Communities

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The renewal of urban schools and communities are linked, as it is difficult for communities to improve without a decent education system, but it is also difficult for schools to improve without support from an energized, active community.

Learning From D.C. in Dallas

Richard Whitmire | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Richard Whitmire

For Dallas, moving from basic to intermediate is possible, but not easy. It will only happen with inspired, persistent and consistent leadership ... which isn't easy to find.

N.C. School District Wins Prestigious Public Education Prize

AP | By MITCH WEISS | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district has won a prestigious prize in public education, which will provide $550,000...

How and Why Urban Schools Fail to Engage Parents of Color

Patricia A. Ackerman | Posted 08.27.2011 | Education
Patricia A. Ackerman

Changed attitudes, values and behavior are the building blocks of empowerment. So, what needs to happen to fix our schools is not rocket science. Priorities for parent involvement need to be changed and alternative approaches explored.

Beethoven? That's Easy, He's a Dog

Pamela Kripke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Pamela Kripke

I don't know why these kids lack basic knowledge across all subjects. They haven't seen much outside their own neighborhoods. They don't read or listen much to the news. But they come to class.

Urban Students Fall Behind National Average On Science Proficiency

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Public school students in the nation's largest cities, many from low-income households, trail their peers elsewhere in the United States in a test of ...

Let the Trickery Begin

Patrice Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Patrice Fenton

How can I subversively foster a true educational environment in my classroom that isn't bogged down by lesson plans, curriculum and standardized tests aimed at turning my students into cogs?