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 [...]

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

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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 distracted student mind — enhancing its focus and attention

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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?

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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

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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

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  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 [...]

Reading in a digital age

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Even millennials acknowledge that whether you read on paper or a digital screen affects your attention on words and the ideas behind them. What are the implications for how we teach? By Naomi S. Baron The digital revolution has done much to reshape how students read, write, and access information in school. Once-handwritten essays are [...]

BACKTALK: Motivating students to turn the page on reading

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Threats and quizzes won’t motivate students to invest in reading, but showing them how it contributes to a meaningful life just might make it click.  By Lauren Porosoff I have an embarrassing confession: I’m a middle school English teacher, but when I was in middle school, I didn’t read a single assigned book. Not one. [...]

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