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Students Speak Out on Staying Motivated and Engaged in Learning Students Speak Out on Staying Motivated and Engaged in Learning

By Nicholas Sella Everyone has an opinion when it comes to education, from politicians to reformers and pundits, but we don’t often hear from those with the most important voice—the students. How have teachers impacted their lives? What do they like about their schools? What’s the best way they learn? All of these questions and more were answered... [Read more]


The U.S. Dropout Rate is Falling Fast, But Hold the Champagne The U.S. Dropout Rate is Falling Fast, But Hold the Champagne

By Tim Walker On the heels of the good news about the U.S. graduation rate comes word from the U.S. Census Bureau that the high school dropout rate has fallen to a record low. In 2013, just 7 percent of 18-24 year olds dropped out of school, down considerably from 12 percent in 2000.  Although the dropout rate remains the highest for Hispanic students,... [Read more]


Master Teachers Discuss Pathways to Leadership – Inside and Outside the Classroom Master Teachers Discuss Pathways to Leadership – Inside and Outside the Classroom

By Luke Towler Even as far back as the nineteenth century, policymakers overstepping their bounds in the debate over education were a problem. Renowned philosopher and educational psychologist William James, says David Berliner, sounded the alarm more than 150 years ago by proclaiming that lawmaking should not interfere with the art of teaching. “James... [Read more]


Linda Darling-Hammond: Time for the U.S. to Learn the Right Lessons from High-Performing Nations Linda Darling-Hammond: Time for the U.S. to Learn the Right Lessons from High-Performing Nations

By Luke Towler According to many lawmakers, the barely average standing of U.S. students in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings is all the proof you need that our schools are failing. They have used the rankings to push ineffective and often destructive policies. But these so-called reformers are missing or ignoring key... [Read more]


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Must Reads

Are Cell Phone Bans Worth the Trouble?

While many districts see personal mobile devices purely as distractions, many educators are embracing their potential as learning tools. According to a 2013 Project Tomorrow survey, 32 percent of districts had policies prohibiting the use of personal mobile devices by students. That same survey, though, showed that attitudes were shifting. In 2010, 25 percent of principals said they were likely to allow or already allowed students to use personal mobile devices in school; in 2013 the number was 51 percent. Source: T.H.E. Journal


Are Teachers Warming Up to the Common Core?

In a new survey, teachers say they’re feeling more confident about using the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms—an optimistic finding that comes even as recent polls suggest dwindling public support for the initiative. Although enthusiasm for the Common Core declined to 68 percent from 73 percent last year, among teachers who have worked with the standards for at least a year, 86 percent described themselves as enthusiastic about the implementation. This finding is consistent with recent surveys of other educators, suggesting that confidence in the Common Core is higher among educators in states that were early adopters. Source: The Atlantic


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Ahead in Ed

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Find out more at NEA’s Bully-Free: It Starts With Me campaign. Resources include the NEA Bullying Prevention Kit, 10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying and the Bully Free: It Starts With Me pledge.


National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.


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