Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

On 20th Anniversary of Proposition 187, Latino Leaders Promise Mobilization

October 16, 2014 by twalker  
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By Richard Naithram Twenty years ago next month, California voters approved Proposition  187, the infamous state ballot initiative that was designed to cut off immigrants’ access to social services, including health care and public education. The courts would strike down most of the law’s provisions (the state did not have the right to legislate immigration [...]

Another Lousy ‘Reform’ Idea: Eliminating Remedial Education

October 15, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flanery In states including Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Connecticut, lawmakers think they have the answer for students who need extra time and support when they get to college: Take it away. These policymakers have promoted the idea that developmental or remedial education—those extra reading and math classes that students must take when [...]

Three Things You Can Do To Help Make College More Affordable

October 10, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Last year, seven out of 10 college graduates graduated with student debt, about $30,000 each, and the total student debt owed by Americans topped $1.2 trillion. At those levels, student debt isn’t just a burden — it’s become a barrier to higher education and the American Dream. It’s time to do [...]

Lessons From Jefferson County: Protest is Patriotic and Every Election Matters

October 8, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler Stephanie Rossi has taught Advanced Placement U.S. history at Wheat Ridge High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, for over 10 years. She probably never thought her students would one day protest the curriculum used in her class. But that was before the conservative majority on the Jefferson County School Board proposed a resolution [...]

‘All Kids Deserve to Be Safe from Bullying’: Jake’s Story

October 7, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker On a sunny spring day last April on the steps of the state capitol, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law. Of the many speakers at the ceremony, the crowd cheered the loudest for 11-year-old Jake Ross. Bullied mercilessly while in second grade, Jake turned his [...]

Road Readers: A Bus Driver Helps Develop Reading Enthusiasts

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By John Rosales The rhyme and poetry of Dr. Seuss comes alive the moment Deborah Lazarus pulls her school bus out of River’s Edge Elementary School parking lot in Fayetteville, Georgia. A young student sitting in the front of the bus will open Green Eggs and Ham to page one and prepare to perform as [...]

5 Ways to Break the Mid-Semester Blues

October 5, 2014 by twalker  
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By Kristin Loschert Does this sound familiar? You make it halfway through the first semester and just when you find your groove, it hits: the mid-semester slump. The novelty of the new school year has faded, the rules and routines that worked so well during the first grading period have become a source of tension [...]

Educator-Activist José Vilson: Teacher-Student Relationships Cannot Be Standardized

October 3, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez Educator and activist José Luis Vilson, a member of New York State United Teachers, was at NEA headquarters in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss his book, This is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class and Education. In addition to reading excerpts from the book, the accomplished math teacher of [...]

NEA President: Educators Play Pivotal Role in Guiding Girls Into Leadership Roles

October 1, 2014 by twalker  
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By Richard Naithram There’s a gender leadership gap in the United States, says NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, and educators are well-positioned to help close it. “The role educators can play in shaping perceptions of women as leaders and creating a pipeline for girls to lead inside and outside school is clear,” Eskelsen Garcia said. [...]

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