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 [...]

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, [...]

Professionalizing the first steps of the teaching journey

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Educators Rising Standards represent a new vision for the field by mapping the front end of a coherent continuum for the teaching profession. By Dan Brown Who will be the next generation of educators we are all counting on to be highly skilled change agents? How can we cultivate them to be durable, empowered professionals [...]

Value-added models: What the experts say

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By Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Margarita Pivovarova, and Tray J. Geiger

Being #2

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By Maury Grebenau

Project-based learning: Engage me and I learn

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By Eleanor K. Smith and Margaret Pastor

Stages of immigrant parent involvement — survivors to leaders

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By Young-chan Han and Jennifer Love

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