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Education for a Civil Society Two myths arise in almost all discussions of civic education: "Kids today don't know any civics," and "We don't teach civics nowadays." As I argue in my chapter in Making Civics Count, civic education does need reform, but we must first get the facts straight.
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Bringing Learning to Life in the Classroom It was the beginning of the spring semester in a large urban high school. The student teacher, having just taken over the class from her cooperating teacher, was attempting a class discussion using a protocol in which students talked to one another rather than through the teacher in the usual wagon wheel format. As her university supervisor, I was seated in a corner, observing, taking notes, and preparing to offer support and feedback.
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For Next Year’s Budget, Rethink the “One-Per-School” Rule Like many a middle child, I was always certain my father favored my brothers, at my expense. My older brother got more freedom, and my younger brother got more help—regardless of our ages. My father’s only defense was, “I love you all, but your needs are different.” I swore I would never do this to my kids . . . until I became a father.
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The Complex Matter of Text Complexity Stephen Colbert had some fun this spring with a study that found that members of Congress speak at a 10th-grade level. “America’s leaders are speaking like high school sophomores,” he said, “a silent language of angry glares at the dinner table, between text messages.”
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Coping with Racial Trauma in Doctoral Study Let us introduce you to John. He was the first in his family to graduate from college and came from a low-income background. John's advisors, a White couple, recruited him into his graduate program. They promised him four years of full funding and touted the fact that he would be the first Vietnamese American to graduate from their doctoral institution.
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First Things First: Being an Instructional Leader Not long ago, principals were simply expected to be administrators. No one should think that "simply" implies that administering a school well is in any way simple or easy.
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Academic Return on Investment: Spending Only on What Works Duh! Who wants to spend money on what doesn't help kids learn? No one. But how many superintendents and school boards know what actually works in their district? Not too many.
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Reputations (and More) at Risk: Using Value-Added Reports Responsibly The insights gained from teacher value-added reports have the potential to benefit schools, students, and communities. However, because these reports are generated from complex statistical methods that rely on inaccurate or incomplete data and have wide margins of error, more responsible use of these reports is needed to reap their benefits--and minimize their risks.
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Anxiety: The Hidden Disability That Affects One in Eight Children The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports one in eight children suffer from anxiety disorders. Without intervention, they're at risk for poor performance, diminished learning and social/behavior problems in school. Because anxiety disorders show up differently in children, parents and teachers can't always identify them until the child hits the breaking point.
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Binding Education Science to the Practice of Teaching I can't remember when people first started talking about "what works." Was it 15 years ago? Whenever it was, it's probably time to reconsider our espousal of this enticing idea.
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