Building trust, elevating voices, and sharing power in family partnership

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A Colorado school district took a team approach to partnering with immigrant families in their children’s education. By Kristen Davidson and Madeleine Case Recognizing that school-family partnerships can have a powerful effect on student outcomes, many K-12 educators are moving their work with families from the periphery to the center of their school improvement efforts. [...]

When trauma hinders learning

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What’s a teacher to do when difficult experiences in early childhood prevent children from entering kindergarten with the executive functions they need? By Donald A. Barr In the fall of 2015, a front-page story in the New York Times reported on the challenge a kindergarten teacher in Brooklyn faced in dealing with a difficult new [...]

2 challenges for community schools 

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I wrote my doctoral dissertation, back in 2001, on the topic of collaborative leadership. More specifically, I focused on the need for superintendents and directors of community service agencies to work together in support of at-risk youth.   My interest in the topic stemmed from my time as a teacher of severely emotionally disturbed adolescents in [...]

A powerful convergence: Community schools and early childhood education 

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The most successful elementary schools partner with community organizations to support young children and their families beginning in early childhood. By David Jacobson In many cities and towns across the United States, elementary schools are forging deeper partnerships with families and community organizations well before children arrive at kindergarten. The aim of this work is [...]

Looking to near peers to guide student discussions about race

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To engage high school students in learning about racial identity and difference, ask college students to lead the discussion. By Donna Rich Kaplowitz, Jasmine A. Lee, and Sheri L. Seyka A black student tweets at a white teammate that it is not OK for him to use the “N” word, and the white teammate tweets [...]

Less arguing, more listening: Improving civility in classrooms

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A study of classroom deliberations in four high schools shows what can go wrong when teachers neglect to prepare students to argue in a civil manner — and it suggests ways to do better.  By Margaret Crocco, Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Avner Segall Democracy requires civil discourse in which individuals listen to others, even [...]

New tax plan provides little cheer for education

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      If how you spend your money signals your values, then the Republican-led Congress is sending a clear message about education.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the battle over tax reform provided unprecedented political theater in Washington. There were so many drama-filled, gasp-worthy battles over the House and Senate bills that [...]

Top 10 reasons students plagiarize & what teachers can do about it (with apologies to David Letterman) 

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Students may plagiarize for many reasons, ranging from laziness to sloppiness to a lack of understanding about the reason for citations, but teachers can employ a series of strategies to prevent problems while also teaching students good scholarly practices.  By Michelle Navarre Cleary  #10. They are lazy.  While every teacher has entertaining stories about students who hand [...]

Testing: For better and worse

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Our testing culture may be making us smarter but at the expense of the wisdom and creativity we’ll need to flourish in our world. By Robert J. Sternberg The 20th century saw an enormous, almost unbelievable, increase in intelligence quotient (IQ) scores around the world. IQs rose 30 points. Such a long-sustained increase in intelligence [...]

Later start time for teens improves grades, mood, and safety

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New research shows that high school students benefit in many ways from later start times. By Kyla L. Wahlstrom It all began with a phone call 20 years ago to the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota in August 1996. The superintendent of Minnesota’s Edina School District was [...]

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