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As an educator, I love that my professional life revolves around a school calendar, brand new school supplies each year, and the daily promise of children’s hugs. How very gratifying it is to know that what we do has the power to change a child’s trajectory in life! Teachers are...
We’re all increasingly using technology and digital devices in daily life. And our education system has shifted to make these technologies a greater part of learning to prepare our students for higher education, careers, and life in the 21 st century. But many students from low-income families do not have...
Sometimes, you know you have to get involved because you can make a difference. That’s why Sara Brown, a health room assistant at Bordeaux Elementary School in Shelton, Washington, got involved in fighting student hunger. With more than 70 percent of her students’ families classified as low-income or homeless, hunger...
Sometimes, the college and career standards become very real and personal. This occurred for my wife and me at our son’s recent parent-teacher conference. Our son is having a good year, thanks in large part to his wonderful teacher. We reviewed his progress in reading, writing, math, and other subjects....
Education technology is the single most important condition to support learner-centered education (LCE). A few years into 1:1 implementations across the country, our conversations have shifted towards student data privacy, security, internet safety and digital literacy. In addition to filtering, blocking, and signing protective agreements, districts are faced with the...
Could education stakeholders in your state create a unified vision on how to educate every child to fulfill his or her potential? And could that help school leaders lead the conversation on improving public education? At a session at the National School Boards Association's Annual Conference in Boston this month,...
What are the first steps on the road to accomplished teaching? Educators Rising is working to find out, and we need your feedback. Educators Rising—powered by PDK International — is a national network working to help school systems guide young people on the path to teaching starting in high school....
The National Institutes of Health is launching a 10-year, multifaceted study on adolescent brain development that could provide important clues to how students learn and grow. As the largest effort ever undertaken on this topic, the study will include about 10,000 children and will follow 9- and 10-year-olds into early...
Celebrate your assistant principals’ successes during National Assistant Principals Week , April 11–15! This week recognizes the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students, teachers, parents, and school communities across the United States. While the roles and responsibilities may depend on the individual school settings, assistant principals are...
It’s axiomatic that experts in a field are better equipped than outsiders to design interventions that will work. Yet in education, we face a constant barrage of external reform efforts that fail to incorporate professional knowledge and expertise—and they just don’t work. This point is reinforced in recent research out...