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Orchestrating a new approach to learning

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Over the past several years, the Phoenix Symphony has built a thriving arts integration program in partnership with its local school district. By Michael Kaplan  For decades, the Phoenix Symphony has played an important role in making Arizona one of the nation’s best places to work and live. Not only does it bring world-class performances [...]

Prepare students to be citizens

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Closing the civic empowerment gap requires schools to take a new approach to civic learning that is more oriented toward action. By Meira Levinson Even during election season, we can be sure that most American students won’t spend significant time in school studying the issues, learning about the candidates, and developing expertise in the political [...]

The art of partnerships: Community resources for arts education

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The shift from the No Child Left Behind Act to the recently authorized Every Student Succeeds Act could beckon a renaissance of K-12 arts education in the U.S. By Daniel H. Bowen and Brian Kisida When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, arts advocates were relieved to see that the new law [...]

The next Scalia?

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Reading Neil Gorsuch’s opinions on education-related cases offers a few insights on how he might respond in future decisions.  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked many questions about how he will affect the court’s ideological balance. Will he be less conservative than Scalia, more so, [...]

Culture, tweets, and change

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When I was transitioning from being superintendent in Stamford, Conn., to being superintendent in Montgomery County, Md., I knew that while the title was the same, the jobs were very different. Not only was Stamford a tenth of the size of my new district but the work I had led there for six years had [...]

Good time to be a data nerd

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Despite the Trump administration’s worrisome embrace of “alternative facts,” education researchers have cause for optimism: They now have access to richer and more reliable data than ever before.  Using data to understand and improve education has been at the top of the to-do list for most education reformers in recent years. Data-driven decision making and [...]

Teacher self-captured video: Learning to see

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The power of video comes from unpacking the twists and turns that are so common in teaching and learning. By Miriam Gamoran Sherin and Elizabeth B. Dyer Recording moments of our lives on video is commonplace today. And we’re no longer just recording weddings and bar mitzvahs. We’re recording all kinds of moments, big and [...]

Discussing controversial topics with middle schoolers

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Q: As a middle school social studies teacher, I often talk about current events. Needless to say, that’s become much more complicated lately. I leave my personal views out of the discussions, but I wonder if I’m doing the right thing. Some of my students have very real fears about issues such as health care [...]

When the reading specialist is a mean gossip

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Q: I’m an elementary school teacher, and I often rely on our reading specialist to come into the classroom to observe students. Last year, we hired a new one, Lara. Lara is competent, but she’s toxic. She’s unusually close with the principal, and she often reports information to him after visiting teachers’ classrooms. She tells [...]

When a counselor hears consistent complaints about one teacher 

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Q: I’m a school counselor, and I’ve had constant run-ins with one teacher, Jane, for the past four years. She has zero ability to relate to kids who aren’t straight-A students, and she holds all but the highest performers to unrealistic standards. She seems practically gleeful when kids do poorly in her class. Every year, kids [...]

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