Aisha Asif

Aisha Asif writes for The Hechinger Report. A recent graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she also holds a degree in biology teaching from Brooklyn College and completed her student-teaching in New York City public schools. As an undergraduate, Asif wrote weekly columns on political and international affairs for her campus paper and also served as its news editor. She has interned with The New York Daily News and written for Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn.

Recent Stories

Some experts question the effectiveness of the NSA’s program to teach ‘critical’ language

It has been 25 years since Malik Nasir Awan, 51, arrived in the United States from his native Pakistan. As the owner of a construction company and the father of…

Needing pencils, iPads or piccolos, teachers turn to crowdsourcing

When Patty Lee asked her kindergarten students in early October what letter had a “ba” sound, 23 little hands pressed colorful markers hard against the small dry eraser boards on…

Los Angeles district’s improbable member Monica Ratliff: We need ‘greater bilingual and dual language offerings’

Fifth-grade math teacher Monica Ratliff became the newest member of L.A. Unified School Board after a heavily publicized win against Antonio Sanchez, a labor union favorite who…

Letting cities lead the way to more college graduates

Want more college graduates in the U.S.? One place to start is close to home. Foundations and community groups are partnering with twenty American cities as part of a new…

Q&A with Deborah Bial: Making it to college without the best test scores

Since 1989, the Posse Foundation started by Deborah Bial has doled out $600 million in scholarships to send 5,000 high-achieving students —regardless of their test scores— to top universities…

As schools become more technologically advanced, who is in charge?

Photo by tcoffey It’s hard to argue against having better and more technology in schools. An increasingly high-tech world where students communicate largely on digital devices means…

Research suggests poor quality of teacher training programs in U.S. compared to other countries

The United States has some of the best university-based math teacher training programs in the world. But we also have some of the worst – and those poor performing programs…

Q&A with Shirley Reed: Providing minority students access to higher education

Shirley A. Reed has been a driving force in increasing higher education access in the low-income Rio Grande Valley in Texas since she founded South Texas College, a public…

Mixed reviews to Common Core highlight of Education Nation Town Hall

Students and teachers at the annual Education Nation town hall on Sunday expressed mixed reactions to the Common Core, mirroring divisions…

Will technology improve teacher-student relationships, or hurt them?

School districts from the sprawling Los Angeles Unified to the tiny Nome Public Schools in Alaska have embraced technology in the classroom based on the promise that it can…

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