In Boston, students studied Langston Hughes’ poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” as part of a unit on African American history.

Using the Arts to Turn Schools Around

Evidence builds in favor of integrating arts for positive outcomes

Ask students and parents how the arts are seen in their schools, and many will say that they are treated as add-on enrichment programs. But a new national initiative is betting that a full embrace of the arts can be an effective core turnaround strategy for schools with low achievement.

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Income Inequality and the Future of Public Education

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Promoting Moral Development in Schools

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

One small change can yield big results

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Two and a half years ago, the Roslyn (NY) Public School district was one of the first districts in the nation to launch a “one-to-one” computer tablet initiative in which each student was issued his or her own device. Beginning with 75 ninth graders in 2011–2012, all 1,100 high school students in Roslyn have had their own iPads since September 2013. Continue

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Something in Common

Robert Rothman, foreword by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.

Spotlight on Technology in Education

Edited by Nancy Walser, foreword by Will Richardson

Inside School Turnarounds

Laura Pappano, foreword by Karin Chenoweth

Strategic Priorities for School Improvement

Edited by Caroline T. Chauncey, foreword by Robert B. Schwartz

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