Early college can boost college success rates for low-income, first-generation students

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Giving students a taste of college early can encourage them to persist in high school and through higher education. By Mamadou Ndiaye and Rebecca E. Wolfe Science teacher Cierra Swopes has a unique perspective on taking college courses while still in high school. In 2008, she was in the second graduating class of Dayton Early [...]

Why I’m not involved: Parental involvement from a parent’s perspective

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A university researcher explains how issues of race, culture, and trust have made her reluctant to become more involved at her son’s school.   By Jung-ah Choi I am the mother of a 7-year-old boy from South Korea, and I’m also a college faculty member, teaching and writing about social justice, race, and education. I truly [...]

Can we talk about race? An interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Twenty years after publishing Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, author and former Spelman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum says Americans still need to talk about race if they want to bridge the divide between whites and people of color. By Joan Richardson Kappan: One of the themes that runs [...]

Gerrymandering educational opportunity

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The extent to which school boundaries foster or hinder efforts at enhancing school diversity depends on the motivation and political will of district leadership.  By Meredith P. Richards In May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down congressional districts in North Carolina, finding that their boundaries had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered along racial lines. The court held [...]

To engage students, give them meaningful choices in the classroom

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It’s important to give students meaningful choices about how and what they learn in the classroom. But not all choices are equal. Teachers should structure learning scenarios that equip students with opportunities to strengthen their autonomy, competence, and relatedness. By Frieda Parker, Jodie Novak, and Tonya Bartell Giving student real choices in the classroom — [...]

In Delaware, creating pathways and opportunities for youth

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The Pathways to Prosperity initiative is helping states create seamless transitions from high school to college and the workforce. By Robert Rothman Andrew Flynn had long dreamed of working as an engineer. As a high school junior, his dream began to come true.   He enrolled in an advanced manufacturing career pathway program at his school, [...]

Arming students against bad information

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In the age of fake news, teachers in every subject area should redouble their efforts to help students distinguish between credible and deceptive sources of information.  By Maribeth D. Smith  All consumers of information must be able to distinguish fact from opinion and recognize any bias, including one’s own, that may influence the quality or [...]

Blending high school and college can sharpen the focus of each

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  Dual enrollment and early college experiences help students make smooth and successful transitions from high school to higher education. By Joel Vargas, Sarah Hooker, and Carol Gerwin The odds were not in Oscar’s favor. Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the poorest places in America, it was far more likely that [...]

Learning to lead for racial equity

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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

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  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 [...]

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