Opinion: Right Now Things Are Hard, But It’s Going to Be Fine – Education Article

Right now, things are hard. Nothing feels fine, or normal. As we all know, teaching in person is different than teaching online. There are many things that we as educators are dealing with right now. How do we ensure that our students are learning, when there are some students without the ability to attend online school? What about the students who are working, or helping watch their siblings? What about students who rely on schools for two of their three…

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Bonds between teachers are vital to student success – Education Article

As a former English teacher, I know how important it is to build strong relationships with students and their families. In communities across our country, the general consensus is that this relationship is critical to student success. However, an equally important yet often-overlooked relationship is the bond between teachers. The coronavirus has shown each of us how vital the teacher-to-teacher connection truly is. A year before the pandemic began, my school district examined how this connection could help guide a student’s…

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Education is Political and Governor DeSantis Is Playing a Dangerous Game – Education Article

Guest Writer: Tamara Russell Education is political. This is an inescapable fact. Here in Florida, we are seeing a resurgence of public interest in how decisions get made around education. Let me tell you who is not getting asked about a darn thing: teachers. No one asked us if we thought it would be ‘normal’ to attempt to turn a brick and mortar classroom experience into a distance learning one. No one asked about the emotional health and well-being of…

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Seattle’s highly capable program need to be integrated – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. The Seattle School Board is taking steps to dismantle a gifted and talented program at one of its middle schools to make room for a more racially inclusive curriculum. Gifted and talented, or G&T, programs are directed at children whose outstanding abilities and potential for accomplishment will not otherwise be…

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How student parents of young kids make it through college – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. Irena Butcher is all smiles after receiving her nursing pin at Borough of Manhattan Community College, with her 3-year-old daughter, Charlie, and partner, Semiv Ali. Charlie has been going to school with her mom while she gets her degree. Photo: Liz Willen/Hechinger Report NEW YORK — Before beginning her studies…

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When choosing college is — and isn’t — the right move – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. To students for whom going to college would be something they are doing primarily to satisfy someone else’s expectations for them or to get away from a bad circumstance, a four-year college is often not the right next step. That’s the daunting conclusion for many in the education world that…

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Standardized Testing’s Negative Affect on Math Education – Education Article

Standardized Testing has been around for decades. In its original form, it was used to check a student’s progress from year to year. At some point around the 1970s test results were used to find specific areas of a subject where a majority of children were doing poorly. Teachers were encouraged to use activities that would bolster those concepts and produce improvement. The problem with that approach was that these decisions were based on what a previous group of students…

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Race-Conscious Reading For Preschool | The Educators Room – Education Article

Guest Writer: Marisa Lark Wallin Initiating conversations about race and culture in your regular reading can help young children resist being socialized into white supremacy. Black Lives Matter At School national week of action will happen this February 3-7, 2020. There are many things you can do to participate in the movement individually or with your school/place of work for that week—or all year long. You can visit the official site for more information about Black Lives Matter At School,…

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The Importance of Addressing “I’m so bored” Comments – Education Article

This past semester I was in the midst of teaching one of my favorite units that I’ve ever taught in my career thus far. My students read a play about characters who are a part of a First Nations community in British Columbia, Canada. The play, titled Where the Blood Mixes, deals with tragedy and trauma, sheds light on the effects of residential schools (where indigenous children were sent to be forcibly assimilated into the white colonial culture) on the…

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Nonbinary identities should be embraced, not disputed – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. “I couldn’t decide between Mr. or Ms., so I’m just choosing Dr.” This was my standard joke for breaking the news that I was returning to school for my doctorate. My friends were more shocked that I was going back to graduate school than in my saying that I was…

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Where do the 2020 candidates stand on education issues? – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. We’re less than a year away from the 2020 presidential election; last week we saw seven Democratic presidential candidates participate in a forum dedicated to education issues held in Pittsburgh. If you follow my column, you were well-prepped on the issues they discussed. If you didn’t tune in, here’s a…

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Community arts — from STEM to STEAM – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. I find myself at least once a week in a place that’s become increasingly rare in schools around the country — my school’s orchestra room. As I listen to students perform, I am struck by the dedication and wealth of knowledge on display. When the bell rings and these kids…

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California community colleges are an undervalued option – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. Like many students who choose community college, I factored cost into my decision. In 2008, my family was heavily invested in real estate just before the market crashed. That investment collapsed, leading to a lot of debt. But I grew up in an area of Orange County, California, where most…

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A mandaory FAFSA for high school diplomas coul college graduation rate – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. Here’s an idea worth pursuing: Make every U.S. high school student complete a FAFSA before graduating, to move more students toward college. Here are two more: Hire more school counselors, and simplify the forms for federal aid. As part of a larger movement to bring college-admissions requirements to students, rather…

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Making elite colleges white again – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. A federal court ruled last week in Students for Fair Admissions vs Harvard that Harvard University can continue considering race in its admissions processes. Among the many different attributes the Ivy League university looks for in a potential student, such as academic potential, extracurricular activities, community service, maturity, ethical decision-making…

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Opinion: Why Teachers Shouldn’t Write Curriculum – Education Article

The word “curriculum,” as it pertains to education, can include everything from the materials used to teach our students to the planned learning experiences. If we think of the Common Core standards as the academic destination for our students (the “what” we want them to know and be able to do), our curriculum is the vehicle for getting them there. However, teachers are often asked to do too much when it comes to curriculum design and planning. However, teachers are…

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