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Learning to lead for racial equity


To help K-12 educators confront racial inequities, school and district leaders need to provide sustained, intensive, and carefully designed opportunities for professional learning. By Gislaine Ngounou and Nancy Gutierrez If education leaders aspire to confront and undo severe racial inequities in schools and school systems, they must create opportunities for teachers and staff to engage [...]

Social media is the new player in the politics of education


  Recent Twitter-based battles over the Common Core State Standards point to lasting changes in the nature of political advocacy in education.  By Jonathan Supovitz Now that conflicts over Common Core have eased up, it’s easier to take stock: While Common Core advocates badly lost the political battle on social media sites like Twitter, they [...]

Blurring the boundary between high school and college: The long view


The dividing line between high school and college has never been entirely clear, explains a historian of American education. By Robert L. Hampel In my undergraduate class on the history of education in America, I ask my students to use the term “higher education” to describe both high schools and colleges in the 19th century. [...]

The paradox of standardized testing

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Standardized achievement tests are deeply flawed, and test-based accountability has been terribly damaging to public education. Even so, such tests have their uses. At the beginning of the school year, my kids came home with results from last spring’s state standardized tests. I was eager to see how they did, but I was also torn, [...]

Good enough for my kid?

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American values about education are never more clear than when we think about what we want for our own children. I know that I’ve evaluated every classroom I ever observed on whether I would want my own child in that classroom. If I deemed the teacher excellent, I would be happy to have one of [...]

Lack of organization puts teacher’s job on the line

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Q:  I teach middle school science. Last year, I got written up for not meeting standards. I lost students’ papers and quizzes and didn’t return them within the required time frame. Grading is a problem for me, but sometimes it's not my fault. Kids will either pretend they handed in work or will forget to [...]

The distracted student mind — enhancing its focus and attention


Due to the constant temptation to check their smartphones, today’s students are spending less time focused on their schoolwork, taking longer to complete assignments, and feeling more stressed in the process. Just how big of a problem is digital distraction, and how can educators respond? By Larry D. Rosen For more than three decades, I’ve [...]

ESSA and rural teachers: New roads to retaining teachers?


A renewed focus on innovation and flexibility under ESSA could provide a recipe for establishing new ways to recruit, develop, and retain teachers in rural schools. By Douglas Gagnon Of all the unique contexts overlooked by the last decade of education reforms, those of poor, rural communities were particularly underappreciated — perhaps because the dais [...]

To reach girls in classroom, align practices to specific learning needs


Lessons with hands-on learning, elements of creativity, multimodal projects, and class discussions all worked to stimulate girls’ interest in the classroom. By Charlotte E. Jacobs, Peter J. Kurioff, Shannon H. Andrus, and Amanda B. Cox Boys’ struggles in schools have generated ongoing discussion for more than two decades. Girls continue to outperform boys academically in [...]

All sizzle and no steak: Value-added model doesn’t add value in Houston


  Houston provides a cautionary lesson for districts making high-stakes decisions with flimsy tools. By Audrey Amrein-Beardsley and Tray Geiger In 2011, the Houston Independent School District terminated 221 teachers because they did not demonstrate, with surefire evidence, that they were contributing enough to student achievement. This happened shortly after a new superintendent came to [...]

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