Improve governance for charters

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Policymakers should revisit their initial thinking about charter schools so they can evaluate and improve their governance. By Chester E. Finn, Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright The United States has just 25 years of experience with charter schools. But in that short time, some 6,800 of these independently operated public schools have [...]

On the science and teaching of emotional intelligence: An interview with Marc Brackett

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Students will struggle in and out of school unless they feel emotionally safe and have the skills and language to manage their emotions. A key researcher explains how schools can help in that effort. By Rafael Heller KAPPAN: What’s the mission of your organization, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence? BRACKETT: In the broadest sense, [...]

Supreme Court guards education for undocumented immigrants

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Denying children an education because of the actions of their parents is not legal.  By JULIE UNDERWOOD The right to a public education for those who are not U.S. citizens, legal residents, or living with their parents is not a clear and stable issue. Children who enter the U.S. illegally with or without their parents [...]

Charter schools don’t serve black children well

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The nation’s largest civil rights organization steps up its opposition to charter schools just as a president and new education secretary appear ready to kick the sector into high gear. by Joan Richardson AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIAN VASQUEZ HEILIG KAPPAN: What’s your perspective on what led the NAACP to conclude that a moratorium on the [...]

Through our eyes: Perspectives from black teachers

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Black teachers bring unique skills to their work that often go far beyond their roles as content experts and instructors. By Ashley Griffin and Hilary Tackie “The difference I would like to make is a difference that my 5th-grade teacher, an African-American woman, made on me,” says an elementary teacher from Oakland, Calif., who is [...]

How to write an opinion essay and why you should do it now

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A prolific op-ed writer says educators should spend more time sharing their ideas by becoming proficient at writing opinion pieces. By Marybeth Gasman As educators, we often think of ourselves as instilling ideas and learning in others through our teaching and research. Our teaching occurs inside classrooms or sometimes in hallways, and our research is [...]

Detracked — And going strong

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A diverse high school detracks its freshman courses and sees impressive gains down the road in terms of AP attendance and achievement scores. By Peter Bavis In 2010, Evanston Township High School dramatically changed its freshman year for incoming students. The school detracked freshman English, history, and biology courses for the vast majority of students [...]

It’s instruction over place — not the other way around!

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Advocates of inclusion, with their emphasis on the place of instruction as opposed to instruction itself, are putting the cart before the horse, according to the logic of the law. By James M. Kauffman and Jeanmarie Badar Suppose that every Olympic event had to be held in the same environment. No special environments for swimming, [...]

Opening your door to research

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Armed with some knowledge of how the process works, teachers may be more willing to welcome researchers into their classrooms.  By Melody Zoch and Ann D. David Whenever we read, “research says . . . ,” we assume that what follows is synonymous with good instruction, assessment, or practice. However, given the differences among communities, [...]

Microcredentials: Teacher learning transformed

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Microcredentials offer a new way for teachers to document their learning using work samples, videos, and other artifacts and have the potential to transform professional development. By Barnett Berry, Kathleen M. Airhart, and P. Ann Byrd We teachers are passionate about our professional learning. But rarely are we able to use artifacts from our classroom [...]

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