Check out this powerful poem that pinpoints the all-too-common tension between schooling and learning. Spoken word poetry at its best.
The learning loss for youth in low-income communities adds up dramatically over the years. By ninth grade, about two-thirds of the academic achievement gap between disadvantaged youth and their more advantaged peers can be explained by how they spend their elementary school summers. Read the rest @ How community schools can beat summer learning loss for low-income students
Two developmental psychologists break down 21st century skills and give everyday tips for parents on how to instill them. Read the rest at: How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science : NPR Ed : NPR
Brooklyn Prospect is part of a growing national movement aimed at creating a new paradigm: racially and socio-economically integrated charter schools. Keep reading at Brooklyn Prospect is embarking on an ambitious experiment to eliminate segregation from education.
The new Amazon site will offer free lesson plans, teaching modules and other digital resources for educators. Read about it at: Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers
This summer, Pace University graduate students will be launching an exhibition of artifacts from education in response to their own pressing inquiry questions. As part of their course work in Foundations of Education with Dr. Tom Liam Lynch, students read the work of educational philosopher Maxine Greene and, in the spirit of aesthetic education philosophy, created museum-like exhibits that sought to give viewers a unique way for digital visitors to experience the breadth and depth…
While the idea was to foster academic competition, the unchecked growth of charters has created a glut of schools competing for some of the nation’s poorest students, enticing them to enroll with cash bonuses, laptops, raffle tickets for iPads and bicycles. Leaders of charter and traditional schools alike say they are being cannibalized, fighting so hard over students and the limited public dollars that follow them that no one thrives. Source: A Sea of Charter…
At first glance, this 19th century cartoon by Jean-Marc Cote seems way off the mark. But, considering how technology tends to be positioned as a way to better deliver content to students (i.e. adaptive learning, personalization), it might not be as far off as it seems.
In most cases, students didn’t get higher grades from using adaptive-learning software, nor were they more likely to pass a course than in a traditional face-to-face class. In some courses the researchers found that students were learning more from adaptive-learning software, but even in those cases, the positive impact tended to be “modest”. Read the rest here: State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds – The Hechinger Report
“I don’t think there’s any way you could look at this data and not come away with a tremendous sense of urgency.” Read the whole thing at White Students Get Experienced Teachers, While Black Students Get Police In School
Nutrition is something schools have mostly addressed with a requisite health class. Chef Jamie Oliver says that we have to do much more to teach kids about eating–farm to fork and everything in between.
We all speak different ways in different contexts. When students do it, adults sometimes tell them to speak “properly.” Jamila Lyiscott challenges our assumptions in this pithy and spot-on TED Talk.
Ernest Morrell delivers a thorough and powerful address on the importance of taking student voice, identity, and relevance in schools. Kids have to care, really care. They have to identify as people with voices. Yes.
Few people speak as powerfully about issues of equity, race, and culture in education has Dr. Sealey-Ruiz. She weaves research with experience with empathy in all too unfamiliar ways. The result, very often, is one of epiphany.
No one makes so compelling and cogent a case for how policymakers have gone so far adrift in trying to introduce accountability to education. This is a must watch.