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Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn

By Annie Murphy Paul

When Bill Gates was still a teenager, he would sneak out of his family’s house before dawn and ride his bike to a building on the campus of the University of Washington. He had discovered that the university’s huge supercomputers were idle between the hours of three and six in the morning, allowing the budding […]

Rocketship throttles back multistate expansion

By Arianna Prothero

Rocketship, the charter management organization that has been grabbing headlines for its explosive national growth strategy, has been reevaluating those goals recently.

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Lessons from a school that scrapped a longer student day and made time for teachers

By Melissa Bailey

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –– Talizha Jones returned from summer vacation after fourth grade to an unwelcome surprise at school: Students would have to stay in class until 4:15 p.m. four days a week. “I was very upset,” the now-14-year-old recalled. “I was asking my grandma if I could switch schools.” At the time, Talizha was […]

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Imitating white privilege: Why our public schools don’t look like the public

By Andre Perry

“Why can’t New Orleans have a charter school for middle class blacks?” A black physician and parent of a teenage daughter unashamedly asked me this question as we deboarded a first class cabin from our flight to the Crescent City. If I weren’t bourgie (African American slang for Bourgeoisie – pronounced boo-zhee), I would have […]

Report: Higher education behind on Common Core

By Jon Marcus

America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the New America Foundation, which finds that “there is little […]

Darlene Paul, principal of West Defuniak Elementary, speaks to a student during a visit to a third-grade classroom. Paul says she has been impressed with the academic success of young students who have been taught only using the new Florida Standards. (Photo by Jackie Mader)

Florida counts down to new Common Core standards, exams

By John O'Connor and Jackie Mader

For the past year The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. […]

Right and wrong methods for teaching first graders who struggle with math

By Jill Barshay

To help young kids who struggle with math, well-intentioned teachers often turn to non-traditional teaching methods. They use music and movement to involve the whole body. They use hands-on materials such as popsicle sticks to help the students understand tens and hundreds. Or they encourage students to come up with different strategies for solving 7 […]

Katie Bonfiglio, a 9th grade English Teacher at Arlington High School is part of a nationwide push underway to dramatically improve teacher training and evaluation through recording classes, then reviewing critiquing the footage. Arlington uses video routinely in teacher training and evaluation. Here she teaches her (Michelle Pemberton/The Star)

Half of teachers leave the job after five years. Here’s what to do about it

By Alexandria Neason

Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers – and their tendency to quit. A new report, published by the Alliance in collaboration with the New Teacher Center (NTC), a non-profit that helps schools and policymakers develop training for […]

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Why one teacher got behind education equity after meeting with Obama, Duncan

By Dwight Davis

On July 7, I had the privilege of meeting with and discussing education policy with President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and three of the most amazing teachers within our profession: LeShawna Coleman, Justin Minkel and Leslie Ross. One of the questions that the president asked of us was, “What brought you […]

Marshall High School freshman Akeem Lofton graduated from a nearby grammar school and says he enrolled at Marshall for the school’s budding chess team, which made it to state this year. Akeem says he also applied to Westinghouse, a nearby selective enrollment school, but he wasn’t offered a seat. (Photo: Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

The Big Sort: How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into different high schools based on achievement

By Linda Lutton

This spring, at grammar schools all across Chicago, thousands of eighth graders donned caps and gowns and walked across auditorium stages to receive their elementary school diplomas. This fall, the graduates from each of those schools will scatter—to more than 130 different Chicago public high schools, and counting. But who goes where? Over the past […]

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