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Arts + Letters

Tim Gunn, Master Teacher? Yup.

I occasionally watch clips from Project Runway.  Not whole episodes, but clips.  I think one of the things I’m drawn…
Charter Schools

Political Spin and Policy Research

Professor Jeffrey R. Henig of Teachers College, Columbia University delivers this brief talk about how research plays into political ideology.  His…
History + Politics

See the Golden Days of Teacher Preparation

Did you know that all struggling teachers have to do is spend less time reading and more time socializing?  According…
Culture

Developing Youth Literacies, Loving the Disciplines

The great literacy researcher Elizabeth Birr Moje of University of Michigan delivers this TED-style talk at an educational research conference.…
Arts + Letters

Chuck Berry’s “School Days”…. Just Because

The great Chuck Berry performed his classic song on television in 1958.  To assist in your inevitable urge to karaoke,…
History + Politics

Disney Made an Anti-Nazi Educational Film, Really

Gone are the days where Disney meant theme parks and anthropomorphic characters retelling story tales.  (Those days were gone a…
Health + Nutrition

Lunch as a Required Course of Study

How Japanese schools approach lunch is eye-opening, especially as many conversations about public education are reduced to narrowly defined academics.…
Charter Schools

Charter School Critique Goes Viral

John Oliver holds no punches in this recent criticism.  The video quickly went viral, with ed reform critics sharing it…
Assessment

Literacy, Video Games, and Straight Up Insight

This short video by one of the world’s finest literacy scholars will leave you asking yourself: why can’t teaching and learning…
Health + Nutrition

You Are What You Eat (in School)

Nutrition is one of those issues that gets left out of conversations about education too often.  If we step back…
History + Politics

Stop and Watch This History of US Education Flick

A few weeks ago, I came across this multi-part series by PBS on the history of U.S. education.  That’s right,…
Gender + Sexuality

When Disney Made a Film About Menstruation

An estimated 105 million students watched this 1946 film about menstruation.  There’s so much one could say about this, but…
Charter Schools

Heartbreaking Glimpse Inside Detroit’s Schools

Detroit Public Schools have become a powerful cautionary tale for many in education.  The idea that a major school system…
Equity

Desegregating Baltimore City Schools

Hear about the complexity of desegregating Baltimore schools in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education from the people…
Cartoons

That Time Disney Made A Math Movie

I had no idea that this existed.  Disney made a half-hour movie about math.  When you have Donald Duck, geometry,…
Pop Culture

Mr. Miyagi Shows Us All What Learning Is

Where do you put Mr. Miyagi in a list of great teachers?  Top ten?  This is a scene that, for me,…
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