Orchestrating a new approach to learning

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Over the past several years, the Phoenix Symphony has built a thriving arts integration program in partnership with its local school district. By Michael Kaplan  For decades, the Phoenix Symphony has played an important role in making Arizona one of the nation’s best places to work and live. Not only does it bring world-class performances [...]

What real high performance looks like

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Just because a school is labeled “high-performing” doesn’t mean it’s teaching the full range of skills needed for successful adulthood. But there are islands of excellence where teachers are doing just that. By James Nehring, Megin Charner-Laird, and Stacy Szczesiul What skills do you need to be a successful adult? It turns out there are [...]

Prepare students to be citizens

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Closing the civic empowerment gap requires schools to take a new approach to civic learning that is more oriented toward action. By Meira Levinson Even during election season, we can be sure that most American students won’t spend significant time in school studying the issues, learning about the candidates, and developing expertise in the political [...]

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 [...]

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