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A teacher-training workshop at Kennesaw State University in Georgia

Responding to student demand, universities teach teachers how to teach

By Timothy Pratt

KENNESAW, Ga. — Michele DiPietro had his listeners in stitches with his impressions of dumb things college students say in class. Then he sobered them up with advice about how they could do their own jobs better, and asked how they handled such recurring classroom challenges as apathy and short attention spans. DiPietro’s disciples were […]

Devon Sanford dropped out of school the summer before ninth grade to take care of his sick mother, making him one of the thousands of California middle school dropouts who go largely unnoticed.

Thousands of California kids don’t get past middle school

By Sarah Butrymowicz

LOS ANGELES – Devon Sanford’s mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he was in the eighth grade. After barely finishing at Los Angeles’s Henry Clay Middle School, he never enrolled in high school. Instead, he spent what should have been his freshman year caring for his mother and waiting for the police to show […]

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Federal study finds nearly 40 percent of transfer students got no credit

By Jon Marcus

The significant proportion of students who transfer from one college or university to another lose an average of 13 credits when they do, and nearly 40 percent get no credit for the work they have already completed, according to a new federal study. The study, by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education […]

Cohen College Prep’s graduating seniors listen to a classmate speak during last spring’s graduation ceremony — the first for the charter network. (Photo courtesy of New Orleans College Prep)

Getting kids into college is one thing. Getting them through is another

By Jamaal Abdul-Alim

NEW ORLEANS —When Pamela Bolton searched for a middle school for her daughter seven years ago, convenience, not college, was on her mind. She ended up enrolling her daughter at a new and untested middle school called New Orleans College Prep largely because she could get there easily. But New Orleans College Prep, and its […]

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Why is a Reagan-era report driving today’s education reform?

By Sarah Garland

Staten Island, N.Y. — On the last day of school in June, Principal Aurelia Curtis was harried. An auditorium full of teachers was waiting for her. But instead of congratulating them on a good year and sending off three retiring staff members, she was in her office signing the last of the 742 teacher evaluation […]

Children eat a free lunch at the Phoenix Day @ Central Park Youth Program in downtown Phoenix, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The grant-based lunch and dinner program provides free meals to children ages 5 to 18 in the immediate neighborhood surrounding the facility. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Increased child poverty rate disproportionately impacts the nation’s youngest learners

By Sara Neufeld

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th KIDS COUNT Data Book, which has been providing the public with an annual glimpse into the well being of American children for the past quarter-century. As big anniversaries do, this one provides a natural opening to look at how we have fared. Trends were both […]

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Why Los Angeles sends failing students on to the next grade

By Molly Callister

When Alberto Cortes was held back in fourth grade because of low math skills, he thought his world had come to an end. “The first day of going back to fourth grade, I see all my friends with new teachers there in fifth grade,” Cortes said. “I started crying because I had to do fourth […]

Deborah Gist. (Photo: Ken Richardson Photography)

Q & A with Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist: Our goal is to be the first state to fully blend technology into all schools

By Jennifer D. Jordan

The nation’s smallest state has embarked on an ambitious partnership with The Learning Accelerator, designed to make Rhode Island the first state in the nation to use blended learning in all its schools. TLA, a California-based nonprofit group, works to spread blended learning – an approach combining traditional teaching by an educator in a classroom […]

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Q & A with author Elizabeth Green: Great teachers need ‘specialized skills and knowledge’

By Liz Willen

In her new book Building a Better Teacher, Chalkbeat CEO Elizabeth Green obsessively explores what good teaching looks and sounds like – and whether the most effective teachers are “born for the blackboard,” in her words. Green’s quest takes her to schools of education and to classrooms in the United States and Japan, where she […]

Lynn Gilmore reads to Freedom School students in McComb.

Fifty years later, revamped ‘Freedom Schools,’ still help struggling students

By Kayleigh Skinner

McComb, Miss – When Alana Johnson starts fifth grade at Higgins Middle School on Monday, she may have a leg-up on 10-year-olds who had the summer off. That’s because she spent her days in a modern-day version of Freedom School, an academic enrichment program originally created in the civil rights era to teach history and […]

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