There’s a consultant for that: When school districts are doing too much but can’t help themselves 

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Consultants can expand a district’s ability to enact change if leaders pay attention to issues of coherence, capacity, and commitment.   By John J. Hall  I have had the privilege of working with a range of schools and school districts where the sense of urgency is palpable and commitment to reform runs high. My efforts on behalf of [...]

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 [...]

Politicizing pedagogy: Teaching for liberty and justice at urban schools

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Learning about and debating controversial topics is insufficient. Students must grapple with issues that truly matter to their local communities.  By Suneal Kolluri  Every year, I opened the first day of my government class by asking students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. At schools in the San Francisco Bay area, the tradition of saluting [...]

Moving readers from struggling to proficient 

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Changing teacher practices can help children build new relationships with books and improve their reading ability. By Deborah Wolter Too often, when children struggle to read, educators assume the problem lies within the children themselves. But, in fact, decades of research have shown that whatever children’s innate skills, strengths, and abilities may be, what really [...]

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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 [...]

The revitalized tutoring center

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An embedded tutoring center closes achievement gaps by harnessing the power of peer tutors and collaborative teacher teams. By Jeremy Koselak If we really wanted schools to be the great equalizer, much would need to change. The challenges are endless, everything from changing funding mechanisms and recruitment strategies to addressing the needs of educators caught [...]

Less is more: The limitations of making judgments

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Teacher misperceptions about students’ ability to learn may play a role in the underrepresentation of black students in advanced mathematics classes. By Valerie Faulkner, Patricia L. Marshall,  Lee V. Stiff, and Cathy L. Crossland For two decades, at least, students’ scores on standardized reading and math assessments have been cited as evidence of persistent achievement [...]

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 [...]

Absenteeism matters to schools and students

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By Robert Balfanz

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