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Why I Teach

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Lisa Sarjeant teaches because she believes her students will change the world, and she cannot wait to see what they do.

It can happen at your school, too

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By Ben Owens How can we iterate that idea into something we can test and bring back to the team? Who wants to research this technology and bring their findings back to us? What’s needed to scale that concept in other areas? I like that aspect of the solution, but help me understand how it [...]

Age of anxiety

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As educators, policy makers, and philanthropic leaders recommit themselves to equity and excellent in education in the coming era of the Every Student Succeeds Act, they should do so with their eyes wide open. Despite the clear horizon, there is still plenty of fear and uncertainty in this age of anxiety.

Make sure states succeed too !

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Passage of the new ESSA presents state and local leaders with new opportunities and challenges. They deserve support along with their newfound autonomy to ensure that they can be successful for themselves and for students.

Data privacy foundation is built on trust

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By Keith R. Krueger and Bob Moore There has been no shortage of time and energy spent on the issue of student data privacy in the past several years. While school leaders always have taken student privacy seriously, the failure of the inBloom data initiative, reports of the National Security Agency’s extensive gathering of private [...]

Should complex trauma qualify as a disability?

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By Eric Rossen A lawsuit against Compton Unified School District (Calif.) will address whether youth experiencing complex trauma should qualify for special education services as students with a disability. The outcome of this lawsuit has the potential to shift how schools operate, particularly those in communities with high student exposure to stress and adversity. Considering [...]

Follow the data to frame new questions

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This article was originally published as part of the special supplement to Kappan magazine's 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. See the full results at www.pdkpoll.org By Joshua P. Starr This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools marks a shift in both the poll [...]

Is anybody listening?

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By Joan Richardson Two large concrete disks fitted with seats don’t attract much attention on the Brickyard gathering spot on North Carolina State University’s campus in Raleigh, N.C. When you sit on the seat in one of those disks and speak in a normal voice, sometimes even in a whisper, someone sitting in the seat [...]

Attending to children’s year-round learning

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By M. Elena Lopez The annual back-to-school ritual is in full swing. Businesses are busy marketing clothes, school supplies, and easy-to-pack lunches. Media are increasing coverage about the topic. Websites are offering tips to families about the transition of preschoolers to school, what to ask teachers, and how to help children thrive in school. While [...]

Where are the blocks?

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By Robert L. Hampel Raising baby chicks, dressing as the letters of the alphabet, stretching out for a nap: thinking about kindergarten evokes many good memories. It wasn’t all joy. Little traumas spoiled a few days. The bigger boys hogged the soccer balls during recess; 2nd graders teased the girls on the bus ride home; [...]

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