Taking care of ourselves and others: Creating a compassionate school

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Eighth-grader Paige works with her kindergarten buddies, Tristan and Victor, on their letters. (Photo courtesy the author.) Schools can intentionally build cultures that emphasize kindness and calm. By Lori Nazareno and Alysia Krafel “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are — or as we are conditioned to see [...]

Empower educators to teach immigration 

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Investing in teacher learning about immigration can pay off in more classroom instruction about this important topic.  By Sara Burnett, Eileen Gale Kugler, and Claire Tesh  The United States is, by definition, a nation of immigrants, a place where preschoolers bring home Pilgrim art projects as they learn about our earliest European settlers. In later years, students learn about [...]

Summer learning that sticks

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Students learn line dancing as part of the Super Summer Academy program at St. Claire Evans Elementary School in Duval County, Fla. Photo by Lisa Spofford Children from low-income families had higher test results following participation in structured summer learning that shared some key characteristics. By Daniel Browne After spending the morning learning fractions, a [...]

Solutions to summer boredom are at our fingertips

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Low-income children need more intellectually stimulating options in the summer when learning wanes and sometimes violence flares. Last August, I read an article about a group of 13- and 14-year-old boys who beat a Cincinnati man to within an inch of his life. They said they did it because they were “bored, just looking for something [...]

Teacher activist groups: What are their missions? How influential are they?

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For teacher activist groups, the professional is political and the political is professional.  By Tricia Niesz  Ever since the 1990s — when the accountability movement entered into a loose coalition with the movement for school choice and market-driven reform — U.S. teachers have been all but shut out of federal, state, and local educational decision making. [...]

Teachers lead the way in Denver 

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A school born through collaboration attracted accomplished teachers, exemplifies leadership by teachers, and sets an example for students.  This story was originally published in April 2014. By Lori Nazareno  In 2007, I reached what I thought was a dead end. I had been teaching for 20 years, achieved my second National Board Certification, and founded an [...]

The right start: Creating a strong foundation for the teaching career

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A quality system of teacher evaluation would be built on high-quality preparation and evaluated authentically through performance assessments that develop and measure beginning teacher effectiveness. By Linda Darling-Hammond From the Kappan archives. This story was originally published in November 2012. Educators know — and research confirms — that every aspect of school reform depends for [...]

Tier 4 evidence: ESSA’s hidden gem 

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Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, state education leaders have a lot of flexibility to design and test new interventions for struggling schools.   By Carrie Conaway Now that policy makers across the country have begun to implement their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans, they must decide how best to meet the law’s requirements for the use [...]

What makes difficult history difficult? 

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The study of history may challenge students’ preconceptions about their nation, but that doesn’t mean we should shy away from hard truths.  By Magdalena H. Gross and Luke Terra  You may have seen similar images: A crowd of people wielding torches surrounding a statue, a burning cross, or a hanging body. Until last summer, many of [...]

Learning from school reform failures 

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What can education leaders, advocates, and policy makers learn from the failures of recent high-profile school reform initiatives?  By Jay P. Greene and Michael Q. McShane  Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.  — Samuel Beckett  American education is littered with failed reforms. Across the country, we see charter schools that have [...]

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