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Black Students Nearly 4 Times as Likely to Be Suspended
Black Students Nearly 4 Times as Likely to Be Suspended
African-American students are nearly four times as likely as their white classmates to be suspended from school, new federal data show, a stark reminder that public school is a different place for many minority students than it is for white students. F...
7 Qualities That Promote Teacher Leadership in Schools
7 Qualities That Promote Teacher Leadership in Schools
There's a growing consensus among students, parents, teachers and education leaders that the current education system isn't appropriately preparing young people for the future. Many districts are looking toward technology to patch the disconnect, but s...
How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors and Relationships
How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors and Relationships
We need all of our emotions for thinking, problem-solving and focused attention. We are neurobiologically wired, and to learn anything, our minds must be focused and our emotions need to "feel" in balance. Emotional regulation is necessary so that we c...
Using Video in the Classroom To Help Teachers and Students
Using Video in the Classroom To Help Teachers and Students
When teachers are able to see themselves teach in the classroom, everyone stands to improve. That's the notion that guides a new initiative unfolding in Georgia, where Cayanna Good, Deputy Director of Innovation and Strategy for the Governor's Office o...
14 Surprising Facts About Educators' Social Media Use
14 Surprising Facts About Educators' Social Media Use
Social media has fast become an educator's dream, with almost immediate responses to questions about teaching strategies, resources, and professional development opportunities.
Study: Reducing Teachers' Stress Results in Better Classrooms
Study: Reducing Teachers' Stress Results in Better Classrooms
A new study from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education program found that teachers who practice stress-reducing techniques are able to adjust to the demands of the career better. Managing a classroom oftentimes relates to emotional exh...
Education Department Continues to Prod States to Rethink Testing
Education Department Continues to Prod States to Rethink Testing
The Department of Education is continuing to press states and school districts to rethink their testing regimens, unveiling a set of proposed assessment regulations under the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the new fede...
Gifted Children: Too Smart for Their Own Good
Gifted Children: Too Smart for Their Own Good
Too smart for your own good. What does this familiar saying really mean? How can being smart undermine what should be good? And how does this relate to gifted children? A brief Web search for the meaning of this saying turned up varying definitions, bu...
US Schools Have More Computers than Ever. But What Are They Doing with All That Technology?
US Schools Have More Computers than Ever. But What Are They Doing with All That Technology?
A show-stopping school of innovation today can quickly devolve into tomorrow's has-been. Keeping track of who's doing what in the diverse field of blended learning, which mixes online and in-person education, isn't easy. There are few sure things in li...
Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning
Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning
Teachers intuitively know that neither their nor their students' learning is steady and constant, the same day in and day out and moment to moment, consistent from topic to topic. Rather, we all have good and bad days; moments of excitement, engagement...
6 Myths of Gifted Education that Lead to Overlooking Talented Minority Students
6 Myths of Gifted Education that Lead to Overlooking Talented Minority Students
Inequality in American public education looms large in gifted education nationwide. While approximately 49 percent of public school students are minority students, they make up only about 40 percent of those in programs for gifted students. Tonya R. Mo...
8 Things to Know about the Next Generation Science Standards
8 Things to Know about the Next Generation Science Standards
By now you may have heard that there's a set of common science standards that some states are adopting called the Next Generation Science Standards. But if that's about where your knowledge ends, don't worry, you're not alone. The science standards ha...
This New App Might Just Give Students an 'Addiction' to Learning
This New App Might Just Give Students an 'Addiction' to Learning
According to mobile tutoring app Mentored, one-on-one tuition is still the most effective teaching method. Mentored CEO Mark Yosowitz explained that he was inspired by the studies of educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom, who in 1984 discovered that ...
The New SAT Won't Close the Achievement Gap
The New SAT Won't Close the Achievement Gap
After two years of waiting, the highly anticipated new SAT is finally here. Students around the United States began taking the exam this month, kicking off a new era in college-admissions testing that presents a major opportunity to level the playing f...
US Graduation Rate Rises, but Critical Gaps Remain
US Graduation Rate Rises, but Critical Gaps Remain
Graduation rates are on the rise again. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, the on-time graduation rate for the nation's public high schools has reached another all-time high. Eighty-two percent of the class of 2014...
It's Time to Stop Putting Kids in Separate Gifted Education Programs
It's Time to Stop Putting Kids in Separate Gifted Education Programs
Every winter, thousands of New Yorkers take a standardized test that will determine their future opportunities. Some of them have studied for months, even paid for expensive test prep classes. These aren't high school students taking the SAT — th...
9 Things the World Must Understand about Gifted Children
9 Things the World Must Understand about Gifted Children
Gifted children are often misunderstood by society and surprisingly, misunderstood even in our educational systems. Many of the common characteristics, behaviors and traits exhibited by gifted children have been misdiagnosed and treated as mental illne...
Obama Wants Every Student To Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?
Obama Wants Every Student To Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?
President Barack Obama used his final State of the Union address to reflect on his legacy. But he also put forth some specific proposals for his remaining year in office. And the very first one was "helping students learn to write computer code." Elabo...
Using Computers Widens the Achievement Gap in Writing, a Federal Study Finds
Using Computers Widens the Achievement Gap in Writing, a Federal Study Finds
Can elementary school children show off their best writing on a computer? The research arm of the U.S. Department of Education was curious to learn just that. In 2012 it handed out laptop computers to more than 10,000 fourth-graders and asked them to c...
Leaving Talent on the Table: Fixing Gifted Education in America
Leaving Talent on the Table: Fixing Gifted Education in America
Talk is cheap. For decades, elected officials, education leaders and others have consumed much oxygen talking about the challenges facing our nation from countries doing a much better job developing their academic talent. Despite this the reality is th...
Teacher Shortages Put Pressure on Governors, Legislators
Teacher Shortages Put Pressure on Governors, Legislators
There's heated debate nationally over whether K-12 teachers really are in short supply and — if so — what's caused the shortage and how widespread it is. But in a number of states with dwindling supplies of new teachers, overcrowded classro...
Bringing Brain Science to Early Childhood
Bringing Brain Science to Early Childhood
A group of scholars at Harvard University is spearheading a campaign to make sure the early-childhood programs policymakers put in place to disrupt intergenerational poverty are backed by the latest science. The idea sounds entirely reasonable, but it'...
8 Things Twitter Savvy Educators Do To Improve Learning
8 Things Twitter Savvy Educators Do To Improve Learning
These days, it's hard to meet an educator who hasn't heard of Twitter. But how many use it? While some might question if the social media platform can help with professional development, there are others who know just how much potential rests in 140 ch...
What It Takes to Move From 'Passive' to 'Active' Tech Use
What It Takes to Move From 'Passive' to 'Active' Tech Use
Just providing students with access to classroom technology is no longer enough. Increasingly, schools are expected to make sure that teachers and students are using devices, software, apps, and other digital tools in "active" ways. Take, for example, ...
Bringing Wi-Fi, and Parent Engagement, to the Community
Bringing Wi-Fi, and Parent Engagement, to the Community
As the typical school day ends at Kent School District, in Washington state, many of our 27,000 students file onto school buses for the ride home. For some students, leaving their school's campus means leaving internet access behind — and all tha...
Do Students Think Best on Their Feet?
Do Students Think Best on Their Feet?
Thinking on your feet has always been thought of as how to perform well under pressure and staying composed. But now, the concept is being taken to another level. Findings published recently in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Pu...
Guided Reading: How to Organize the Chaos
Guided Reading: How to Organize the Chaos
Guided reading has become increasingly popular, and for good reason; it works. The opportunity to work with children in small groups, instruct in a way that's laser focused on students' level of development, and directly address individual challenges a...
Back Off Parents: It's Not Your Job To Teach Common Core Math When Helping With Homework
Back Off Parents: It's Not Your Job To Teach Common Core Math When Helping With Homework
Kathleen Lucadamo writes: While doing a math problem with my 6-year-old recently during a classroom session for parents, I barked at her, "Just put the number in any circle." She looked at me as if I was speaking a different language. Turns out, I was....
How Psychologically Well-Adjusted Are Gifted People?
How Psychologically Well-Adjusted Are Gifted People?
Ted Kaczynski was gifted. He entered Harvard at 16 and became an assistant professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley by 25. But we now know him as a person who was not psychologically well adjusted. Even his younger brother David always sensed something ...
Why Harvard 'Encourages' Students to Take a Gap Year
Why Harvard 'Encourages' Students to Take a Gap Year
Now that Malia Obama is planning to take a gap year after high school and before starting college at Harvard University in 2017, some questions arise: What exactly do students do while on a gap year? What do colleges think of them? The answers are: The...
Teachers Struggle with Shifts in Writing Instruction
Teachers Struggle with Shifts in Writing Instruction
In the 2007 movie "Freedom Writers," Hilary Swank stands in front of a classroom of troubled high schoolers. They need to write down their stories, she tells them. Otherwise, when they die, "no one is going to remember you. Because all you left behind ...
Does More Time on the Playground Equal Success in the Classroom?
Does More Time on the Playground Equal Success in the Classroom?
Some schools in Texas are going against the grain when it comes to recess. Instead of cutting it out like many districts do in order to spend more time on core subjects, they're adding additional recess periods. Six elementary schools in the state are ...
GED Lowers Passing Score
GED Lowers Passing Score
The GED Testing Service has decided to lower the passing score for its high school equivalency exam, a move brought on by its recognition that students who passed the latest, tougher version of it were doing better in college than high school graduates...
How High-Interest Examples of Math Prime Student Curiosity
How High-Interest Examples of Math Prime Student Curiosity
Getting students excited and authentically curious about a math task takes more than presenting a word problem. Some teachers are finding that a short, high-interest video or other piece of media that raises questions in kids' minds is the best way to ...
3 Ways Innovative Schools Advance Maker Learning for All
3 Ways Innovative Schools Advance Maker Learning for All
Maker learning inspires creativity, confidence and passion for learning in young people. So how do you sustain a maker program and encourage the sorts of innovative action required for this? We identified three major ways how leaders from the League of...
How Can Schools Prioritize for the Best Ways Kids Learn?
How Can Schools Prioritize for the Best Ways Kids Learn?
The education world is full of incremental change — the slow process of individuals learning about new strategies and approaches, trying them out, improving on their skills and hopefully sharing their learning with colleagues to continue growth. ...
A New Era for the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations
A New Era for the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations
The Obama administration has worked hard to strengthen public-school teaching — a $400 billion-plus workforce, and perhaps the single strongest lever in schools for raising student achievement. But just after Thanksgiving, the president signe...
For Some Schools, Learning Doesn't Stop On Snow Days
For Some Schools, Learning Doesn't Stop On Snow Days
For kids up and down the East Coast, the snow that piled up recently translates into a day or two without school. But in other parts of the country, snow days are taking on a new meaning. Students in Delphi, Indiana, are expected to log onto their clas...
Life Lessons from a Grandfather's Wisdom
Life Lessons from a Grandfather's Wisdom
Thomas P. Hébert writes: During my first year at the University of South Carolina, I often purchased a morning cup of coffee in the university's student union. Early one morning, I spotted a young man dressed in a business suit and bow tie carryin...
Denver Takes Steps to Get More Students of Color into Magnet Programs for the Highly Gifted
Denver Takes Steps to Get More Students of Color into Magnet Programs for the Highly Gifted
In years past, winning a spot in one of Denver Public Schools' eight elementary magnet programs for highly gifted and talented students — especially the sought-after Polaris at Ebert Elementary — required parents to be savvy and informed. T...
5 Effective Strategies For the Inclusive Classroom
5 Effective Strategies For the Inclusive Classroom
Students with special and exceptional needs are placed in inclusive learning environments more frequently than in the past. For general educators with a limited special education background, this can often be anxiety provoking and stressful. Every teac...
Public Pre-K Helps Bridge the Gap in Gifted Programs
Public Pre-K Helps Bridge the Gap in Gifted Programs
A new study has discovered a positive side effect of participating in New York City's public pre-kindergarten programs: more interest in gifted and talented programs by parents and their children. This unintended outcome is particularly promising becau...
High IQ Student Gets the Services He Needs
High IQ Student Gets the Services He Needs
When Tiffani Berry was carrying her unborn son, she noticed how he kicked and became energetic during her college classes in a way that he didn't when other things were going on. She wondered if she was just imagining it, but then she started paying at...
The Importance of Emphasizing Online Safety to Students
The Importance of Emphasizing Online Safety to Students
The Internet and digital technology touch almost every aspect of our daily lives. Our children use technology more and more each day, and at younger ages than ever. According to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, 70 percent of kids have a mobil...
Spotting Giftedness in Her Students Becomes a Lesson in Inclusion for This Teacher
Spotting Giftedness in Her Students Becomes a Lesson in Inclusion for This Teacher
Kimberly Moran writes: When I became a teacher for gifted children in Maine, I had to look up the definition of gifted education. It turns out that, even for insiders, "gifted education" is vaguely understood and interpreted. Many people, including oth...
Teacher as Researcher: The Ultimate Professional Development
Teacher as Researcher: The Ultimate Professional Development
Teacher researchers pause each morning as they walk into their classrooms and ask, "What will my students teach me today?" To answer that question, they listen to and watch their students engage in authentic work; collect work samples, photographs and ...
3 Hard Truths that Will Save Higher Education
3 Hard Truths that Will Save Higher Education
Computer skills have become essential for nearly 80 percent of middle-skill jobs, but according to a new report, nearly a third of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 have no work-related computer experience. The report, published by recruitment co...
When 'Gifted' Kids Get Stuck in the Back of Class
When 'Gifted' Kids Get Stuck in the Back of Class
America is not doing nearly enough to support its most talented young students, according to a recent report by the National Association for Gifted Children. In the group's 2014-2015 "State of the Nation in Gifted Education" report, it found that U.S. ...
White House, Educators Push for Preschool STEM
White House, Educators Push for Preschool STEM
A massive collection of public- and private-sector groups recently called for a national push to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to children as young as 3 or 4 years old. Leading the effort on so-called "early active STEM learnin...
Students on the Autism Spectrum Are Often as Smart as their Peers
Students on the Autism Spectrum Are Often as Smart as their Peers
Richard was one of the brightest kids in his high school class. His parents figured college was the next step, but that dream was nearly cut short in his first semester. Miscommunication with a professor resulted in an argument over handing in a paper ...
Survey: Students Want Engaging Science Instruction
Survey: Students Want Engaging Science Instruction
A large majority of teenage students said they are interested in science, but most instructional approaches fail to bring the subject matter to life in an engaging way, according to a new survey. Surveyed students said they want additional opportunitie...
ADHD Diagnoses? Why the Youngest Kids in Class Are Most Affected
ADHD Diagnoses? Why the Youngest Kids in Class Are Most Affected
By the time they're in elementary school, some kids prove to be more troublesome than others. They can't sit still or they're not socializing or they can't focus enough to complete tasks that the other kids are handling well. Sounds like ADHD. But it m...
The Power of Experiential Learning
The Power of Experiential Learning
Jonathan Lash writes: I wish schools at every level did more to enable teachers to create opportunities for students to practice experiential learning — a model critical for our world as the pace of change accelerates. Its results cannot be captu...
The Fantastic New Ways to Teach Math That Most Schools Aren't Using
The Fantastic New Ways to Teach Math That Most Schools Aren't Using
This is an exciting time to be a mathematics teacher-educator. In the past two decades, we have developed a much better understanding not only of how children learn math, but also of how to teach math — and how to prepare teachers to teach math.
Why Some Gifted 3rd Graders Are Being Held Back from 4th Grade
Why Some Gifted 3rd Graders Are Being Held Back from 4th Grade
Two Palm Beach County families with four third graders among them are poised to join a statewide pushback against the system that threatens to bar their children from fourth grade because they defied Florida’s testing protocols. It's not just tha...
How Schools Fuel Female STEM Participation
How Schools Fuel Female STEM Participation
Adding project-based learning and mentoring opportunities to STEM programs may better ensure that female students do not get left behind. In the United States, women hold fewer than 25 percent of jobs in STEM fields, despite accounting for 47 percent o...
Classroom Decorations Should Motivate, Then Educate
Classroom Decorations Should Motivate, Then Educate
Look to your left, then look to your right. If you saw an inspirational sign on each side, you are most likely in a teacher's classroom. Classroom walls that were once filled with equations and historical facts now include more motivational phrases tha...
7 Ways to Support Your Gifted Learner
7 Ways to Support Your Gifted Learner
Too few black students are identified as gifted. Nationally there is a crisis, with black students representing 19 percent of school districts but only 10 percent of gifted programs. In real numbers, this discrepancy means that more than 250,000 gifted...
Can Teaching Spatial Skills Help Bridge the STEM Gender Gap?
Can Teaching Spatial Skills Help Bridge the STEM Gender Gap?
For all the emphasis placed on science, technology, engineering and math instruction, not much attention is given to a skill set that's closely related with success in STEM: spatial skills. The ability to mentally manipulate objects is key to success i...
We Must Separate Fact from Fiction in STEM Education
We Must Separate Fact from Fiction in STEM Education
There is a great deal of concern schools are not doing enough to prepare our children to navigate a future that is dominated by technology. To address that concern, districts across the country are turning their attention to STEM (science, technology, ...
Can Schools Get the 'Maker' Movement Right?
Can Schools Get the 'Maker' Movement Right?
The maker movement is going mainstream, migrating from museums, garages and informal "faires" into the highly regulated world of K-12 education. For fans of hands-on, student-driven learning, the shift presents an opportunity to breathe fresh life into...
Disparities Continue to Plague US Schools, Federal Data Show
Disparities Continue to Plague US Schools, Federal Data Show
New federal data show a continuing deep gulf between the educational experiences of traditionally disadvantaged student groups and their peers on a broad range of indicators, findings that follow years of efforts by government and advocacy groups to le...
Identifying Gifted Students with Equity Proves Difficult
Identifying Gifted Students with Equity Proves Difficult
Nationwide, students of color are dramatically underrepresented within gifted and talented education programs. Part of the reason why, some experts say, is because kids or color are less likely to be identified as gifted. According to the National Asso...
An Overdue Look at 'Twice Exceptional' Students
An Overdue Look at 'Twice Exceptional' Students
A documentary debuting at the ReelAbilities Film Festival in New York City gives some overdue attention to the classification of students who have been a challenge for schools to educate: children who are gifted in one respect or another, but also have...
Summer Sums: Keep Math Skills Strong Over the Break
Summer Sums: Keep Math Skills Strong Over the Break
Math is everywhere — some might even say it's inescapable. And we're not just talking about those ubiquitous addition and subtraction worksheets. Math is at the grocery store, in your cupcake recipe and powering those baseball stats. Summer is a ...
9 Out of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are on Grade Level. They're Probably Wrong
9 Out of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are on Grade Level. They're Probably Wrong
In public radio's mythical Lake Wobegon, "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." The first two conditions are merely unlikely. The third one is a mathematical absurdity. However, a new survey su...
Recruiters Look for Teachers on Social Media
Recruiters Look for Teachers on Social Media
At the time Kalie Bennington landed her first interview in September, she hadn't even started looking for a teaching job. Bennington was starting her final year as an elementary education major at Butler University, in Indianapolis. A week earlier, she...
How 'Tracking' Can Actually Help Disadvantaged Students
How 'Tracking' Can Actually Help Disadvantaged Students
Star athletes don't just walk on the basketball court or football field for the first time as seniors in high school. Similarly, successful AP calculus or physics students don't just walk into advanced math or science for the first time in the 12th gra...
Practical Ways to Develop Students' Mathematical Reasoning
Practical Ways to Develop Students' Mathematical Reasoning
Traditional math class was all about solving problem sets as fast as possible, but increasingly math teachers are slowing down to allow kids the time and space to reason through their answers and explain their thinking to peers. Third-grade teacher Jen...
Study: Music Education Aids Cognitive Development
Study: Music Education Aids Cognitive Development
Studying music seems to have helped accelerate the cognitive development, and particularly the auditory- and speech and language-processing abilities, of a group of young children in Los Angeles. That's an early pair of findings from a five-year longit...
The Path to a STEM Job Starts in Elementary School
The Path to a STEM Job Starts in Elementary School
When you think of STEM, it's likely you think of science, technology, engineering and math, all rolled into one. At Kankakee Schools in Illinois, our STEM program aims to do a lot more than teach four topics: We want our students to apply what they lea...
Harnessing the Power of the Productive Struggle
Harnessing the Power of the Productive Struggle
Ellie Cowen writes: Emely, a second-grade girl in a pink sweatshirt, with wisps of brown hair framing her face, sits at her desk, her body poised in concentration over a small personal whiteboard. She looks at the classroom board, her eyes moving slowl...
How Parents and Teachers Can Nurture the 'Quiet Power' of Introverts
How Parents and Teachers Can Nurture the 'Quiet Power' of Introverts
When Susan Cain wrote "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" in 2012, it was a big success. The book made the cover of Time magazine, spent weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was the subject of one of the most...
Tablets: Tools for Learning or Distracting Toys?
Tablets: Tools for Learning or Distracting Toys?
Classrooms have come a long way since the days of pencils, paper and textbooks. Now many school districts are trading those tools in for new ones — the latest tablets and laptops, to be exact. So what kind of impact is all this technology having ...
Principals Share Advice on Addressing Racial Bias in Schools
Principals Share Advice on Addressing Racial Bias in Schools
At a time when students of color now comprise a majority in the nation's schools, the supply of principals, much like the teaching profession, remains overwhelmingly white. In the following interviews, assistant editor Ross Brenneman talks with two pri...
5 Ways Parents Can Afford to Raise World-Class Athletes
5 Ways Parents Can Afford to Raise World-Class Athletes
When the Summer Olympics begin in Rio on Aug. 5, you will see 10,000 of the world's best athletes compete, and a much smaller number of them being draped with medals. But who really deserves gold? The families who scrimped and saved to get them there. ...
Are Colleges Preparing Gifted Athletes for Life After Sports?
Are Colleges Preparing Gifted Athletes for Life After Sports?
Ironically, some of the world's best players will never step foot on a professional basketball court or put on an NBA uniform. What then of the many talented players who never make it to the professional level? What future lies ahead of them? Are our c...
Giving Education Reform Tools Directly to Parents and Teachers
Giving Education Reform Tools Directly to Parents and Teachers
In a series of recent posts, I've been examining what we reformers (and our friends in philanthropy) might do to spur better outcomes for kids besides obsessing over laws and regulations. I've looked at the promise of building new systems through chart...
Laptops in Classrooms Help Students Learn
Laptops in Classrooms Help Students Learn
It turns out more screens might actually be a good thing for kids. A study from Michigan State University found students' learning improved when they were given their own laptop or similar device. The report was a meta-analysis of studies looking at th...
Breaking Artificial Ceilings Over Gifted Children
Breaking Artificial Ceilings Over Gifted Children
On Jan. 23, the Economist sent a clear warning to world leaders about the ways that "governments are systematically preventing [youth] from reaching their potential." In the article "Young, gifted and held back," authors point to many policies, practic...
Teacher Race Affects Black Students' Odds of Being Labeled Gifted
Teacher Race Affects Black Students' Odds of Being Labeled Gifted
Black students are half as likely as white students to be assigned to gifted programs, even when they have comparably high test scores. But the racial gap in "giftedness" largely evaporates when a black student is taught by a black teacher, according t...
Personalized Learning: Why Your Classroom Should Sound Like a Coffee Shop
Personalized Learning: Why Your Classroom Should Sound Like a Coffee Shop
There seems to be confusion around the term "personalized learning." Teachers are always asking us what it looks like and what happens in their role. The first thing we say is that the room sounds like a coffee shop. There is a hum with many people tal...
High-Potential Students Thrive When School Districts Develop Sustainable Gifted Services
High-Potential Students Thrive When School Districts Develop Sustainable Gifted Services
The goal of gifted programs should reflect that of any other educational program: to engage students with appropriately challenging curricula and instruction on a daily basis and in all relevant content areas so that they can make continual academic gr...
When Having Grit Is a Bad Thing
When Having Grit Is a Bad Thing
Dave Powell writes: Grit is one of those ideas that, as we say, has legs. That's clear enough. But is it good for us? I wrote last time out to share some thoughts from my perspective on the idea that schools ought to teach grit and my point was a prett...
4 Ways to Make Teacher Evaluations More Meaningful
4 Ways to Make Teacher Evaluations More Meaningful
Teacher evaluation can be a lightning rod issue that elicits strong opinions, fierce debate and high-profile media coverage. But these conversations tend to overshadow the primary purpose of evaluation: to act as a single — albeit important ̵...
Do Kids Learn More When They Trade in Composition Books for iPads?
Do Kids Learn More When They Trade in Composition Books for iPads?
One winter morning, Spark Matsunaga Elementary School teacher Greta Fitch asks her fourth-graders to consider the world outside their door — specifically, the businesses that line their suburban streets. What sorts of stores and services and rest...
Gifted Programs Are Segregating Schools Further
Gifted Programs Are Segregating Schools Further
When North Carolina public schools were fully desegregated in 1972, many believed access to education for black and minority students would increase — and for a while it did. North Carolina began making sure people demographics of schools were mo...
When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges
When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges
Amidst the discussions about content standards, curriculum and teaching strategies, it's easy to lose sight of the big goals behind education, like giving students tools to deepen their quantitative and qualitative understanding of the world. Teaching ...
The Unhappy Intellectually Gifted Child
The Unhappy Intellectually Gifted Child
What's a parent to do with an unhappy intellectually gifted child? To address that, Edward Amend co-author of two award-winning books, shares his thoughts on the subject. For two decades, Amend was on the Board of Directors of Supporting Emotional Nee...