What makes difficult history difficult? 

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The study of history may challenge students’ preconceptions about their nation, but that doesn’t mean we should shy away from hard truths.  By Magdalena H. Gross and Luke Terra  You may have seen similar images: A crowd of people wielding torches surrounding a statue, a burning cross, or a hanging body. Until last summer, many of [...]

Learning from school reform failures 

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What can education leaders, advocates, and policy makers learn from the failures of recent high-profile school reform initiatives?  By Jay P. Greene and Michael Q. McShane  Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.  — Samuel Beckett  American education is littered with failed reforms. Across the country, we see charter schools that have [...]

Reducing suspensions or building relationships? Reframing the problem 

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     Setting numerical goals to remove discipline disparities doesn’t get at the deeper issues.  Whenever I hear education policy wonks arguing about the topic of student suspensions, I’m reminded of the Rorschach tests I learned about in Psychology 101. Show people an inkblot, the theory goes, and the picture that jumps out at them (a [...]

Who’s really driving student outcomes? Bus drivers

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School bus drivers not only get students to school safely, they help create a positive attitude toward learning. By Anthony R. Meals When I was a student, I took many unremarkable bus rides to and from middle school, but today’s ride was anything but ordinary. Approaching my first stop, I switched on the manual ambers. [...]

Teacher leadership to support English language learners

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To improve instruction and services for all English language learners, teachers are stepping into leadership roles. By Felice Atesoglu Russell and Kerry Soo Von Esch At a time when school districts across the country are experiencing fast-growing enrollments of English language learners (ELLs), many K-12 educators are asking what they can do to meet those [...]

Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us

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When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost. By Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between high-quality library programs and student [...]

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 [...]

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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