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Lessons from the Data Wise Project Policy initiatives around the Common Core State Standards and teacher evaluation present schools with opportunity and risk. The opportunity is to make more effective use of evidence to inform the education of all of our children; the risk is to think that evidence alone will do the job.
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The Arts and UDL: What General Education Can Learn from the Margins In the national discussions about school and curriculum reform, arts education is continually marginalized, requiring its advocates to keep making the case for the contribution of the arts to academic, social, and personal learning outcomes.
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Deeper Learning and the Common Core The first things I noticed when I walked into classrooms at International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn were the dictionaries. In every room, students sat in groups, and in the middle of the groups they placed their language dictionaries: Spanish-English, Uzbek-English, French-English, and more.
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Universal Design for Learning and Improving Education for Incarcerated Youth On any given day, more than 81,000 youth are confined to residential facilities in the juvenile justice system. These youth are disproportionately students of color (particularly African American males), students from low-income backgrounds, and students with disabilities.
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The Power of Parents Ricky immigrated to California with his parents and four siblings when he was four years old. Although Ricky is very much an American high school student (his history teacher was surprised to learn that he was not born in the United States), his home life very much reflects the experience of an immigrant family.
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Email Dos and Don’ts for Educators Facebook and Twitter may be the newest tools for communicating with families, and good old-fashioned phone calls may still be in order when problems arise. But according to educators and at least one survey, email has become a preferred method of communication between teachers and parents. And, when done right, email can be manageable as well as effective.
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Stand Up or Bystand? New Insights on Bullying Why do we hear so much about bullying in schools today? Is bullying worse now than ever before? Or is it just more visible to the outside world--more pervasive in the new digital era?
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The End of Exceptionalism in American Education In the late spring of 2011, the New York City Council delivered a message. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had announced a plan to eliminate 4,100 teaching jobs through layoffs, and about 2,000 through attrition.
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Educating for Intellectual Character In his recent book Character Compass, Boston University professor Scott Seider tells the story of three successful Boston-area charter schools each with a strong but relatively unique commitment to character education.
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The Promising Practice of Induction Recently, while redesigning a course called “Adult Motivation and Conflict Management in Education Settings,” I had a chance to revisit some research on the practice of induction for new teachers. This has made me reflect not only on the importance of the practice, but also on how much more we have to learn in order to slow the huge numbers of new teachers leaving the profession—a trend that drains school budgets and the time and energy of administrators.
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