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Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing

By Greg Toppo

Steve Jobs once called the personal computer “a bicycle for our minds,” a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But for many teachers, it has been a bumpy ride. Educators have long held new technology at arm’s length, and probably for good reason: For more than a century, they […]

Students study at Akili Academy, one of dozens of charter schools in New Orleans.  (Photo: Sarah Garland)

Don’t believe everything you hear about the New Orleans charter revolution

By Marta Jewson

As public school students settle into the school year, they can’t seem to shake off a bit of inaccurate national attention: The belief that New Orleans has the country’s first all-charter school system.

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More AP courses slated for major overhaul

By Emmanuel Felton

Despite the recent fallout over new guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. History, the College Board is making similar changes to most science and history AP courses in an effort to emphasize critical thinking. The College Board is in the process of retooling many of its 36 courses to more align with what it sees as […]

Mississippi kindergartners start the year behind, new test finds

By Kayleigh Skinner

JACKSON, Miss. – Two-thirds of Mississippi’s youngest learners are starting the year unprepared, according to results from a new test examining the reading skills of kindergarten students. Kindergartners took the STAR Early Literacy exam during the first month of the current school year to gauge their reading abilities. Over 40,000 students from 144 school districts […]

Superintendent John Deasy is seen in this file photo before the start of a public hearing at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

After months of turmoil, LA Schools Superintendent Deasy resigns

By Brenda Iasevoli

Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent John Deasy’s resignation Thursday ended weeks of speculation over whether the school board would oust him or he would leave the post of his own accord. “Needless to say this has been hard work, in fact exhausting work,” the beleaguered superintendent wrote in his resignation letter. “I have neglected my […]

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy. File photo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

As Deasy’s fate in L.A. remains uncertain, other districts continue to move ahead in tech purchases

By Nichole Dobo

With the tenure of L.A. Unified School District’s school superintendent John Deasy in doubt, school officials across the U.S. say they have already learned one major lesson from the city’s botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is important to choose wisely. “There are recipes for success out there, and there […]

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After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology

By Nichole Dobo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Teacher Valyncia O. Hawkins knew she needed extra time with students who arrived in her classroom behind grade level, but slowing down the whole class risked boring the more advanced students. But even after 20 years as a teacher, Hawkins still didn’t have a good method to keep everyone moving forward. The […]

Arne Duncan chats with educators about “connected education”

By Nichole Dobo

The Twitter chat, co-hosted Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (@snbeach), started at #ce14 at 7 p.m. It was part of a series of talks on the social networking website during Connected Educator Month 2014. Learn more at connectededucators.org.

Susan Pryor teaches in a bilingual kindergarten classroom at Erie Elementary Charter School and uses handmade wall displays to help her Spanish-speaking students. But she avoids commercial decorations sold in education supply stories. (Photo: Julienne Schaer)

Do classroom decorations disrupt kindergartners’ learning?

By Margaret Ramirez

CHICAGO—To decorate her kindergarten classroom for the new school year, Lori Baker chose cheerful alphabet and number charts featuring smiling children of different races. In the reading corner, she hung three puffy paper flowers from the ceiling and posted dancing letters spelling “Welcome to Kindergarten.” Otherwise, though, the 20-year teaching veteran exercised restraint and deliberately left several […]

Kindergarten teacher Haley Stewart teachers reads to her students at Parkway Elementary in Tupelo, Miss. (Adam Robison, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)

Mississippi’s youngest students pile on the absences, lose learning time

By Kayleigh Skinner and Chris Kieffer

PHILADELPHIA, MISS. – A half hour before school ends each day, a frustrated Tiffany Plott finds herself up against a line of impatient parents who want to pick their kindergarteners up early. As principal of Neshoba Central Elementary School in this rural town, Plott worries about what the littlest learners are missing at a time […]

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