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Arts + Letters

“You gonna leave that idea stuck in your head forever? That sucks,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda to BX students

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, share his insights about creativity and writing with students at a Bronx high school.  The…
Equity

Watch Kendrick Lamar Talk About his Composition Process

Different rappers have different composition processes.  Some proudly don’t write anything down (Jay-Z, for example) and others are always scribbling…
Curriculum

Neil deGrasse Tyson on How to Nurture Scientific Literacy. Curious?

Neil deGrasse Tyson often has something interesting to say about whatever question it is that is posed to him.  In…
Curriculum

Want to Teach Strong Writers? Start with their strengths.

I tend to roll my eyes when I see extraordinary stories of teachers reaching students.  Not because I have anything…
Bullying

Eminem on Writing, Rhyming, and English Class

Whether his name makes you wince or smile, Eminem has established himself in hip-hop and pop culture by linguistically out…
Assessment

Why Education Reform Hasn’t Worked (in under 2 minutes). Go.

You’ve got to love it when really smart people who really know their stuff can drop knowledge on the spot.…
History + Politics

If Teachers Were Treated Like Professional Athletes…

When I first saw this skit I couldn’t stop laughing.  They were tears of sadness as much as they were…
Parents

Technolo-gee-what-the-heck-is-that?

Whenever we talk about technology in education, there seems to be an air of mystique and inevitability that emerges.  I…
Culture

What Busta, Jay-Z, and Biggie Rapping in the Cafeteria Teaches us about Education

In case there was ever a doubt as to just how much learning happens beyond classroom time, listen to this…
History + Politics

Remember that Teacher Shortage Crisis? It’s Not What You Think

It’s not that there is a shortage of teachers, actually.  The problem is that teachers leave the profession in droves…
Family

Maurice Sendak’s Thoughts on Childhood Might Make You a Better Teacher and Parent

The author of Where the Wild Things Are talks about childhood–it’s real, raw, and truer than I’ve ever admitted.  As…
Equity

Improve Literacy Skills by Focusing on Speaking

I love this speaker series by AERA that features mini-lectures by education researchers.  In this video, Dr. Young-Suk Kim makes…
STEM

Cake is the Secret to Math? Yes.

When you combine a professor of pure mathematics with dessert recipes, you get Dr. Eugenia Cheng’s fantastic crusade to make…
Arts + Letters

Coltrane on Practice, Expression, and Being a Force for Good

In this interview with jazz legend John Coltrane, we gain brief insight into his practicing habits and how he views…
Curriculum

Masterful Pre-K Teacher, Just Beautiful

Central Park East 1 has been the subject of many studies over the years for its culture of creativity and…
Equity

Failing Systems, Complex Fix

Love this brief talk by Dr. Kara S. Finnigan at University of Rochester.  She talks about the pitfall of trying to…
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