Why High School Students Need More Than College Prep

I step up to the counter at Willy’s Cafe at Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore., and order a latte. There’s a powerful scent of fresh coffee in the air, and a group of juniors and seniors hover over a large espresso machine. Carrie Gilbert, 17, shows how it’s done: “You’re going to want to
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Why even happy “unschoolers” join Democratic Education Communities

What’s Different About A Democratic Education Community?  By now most of us know that a Democratic Education Community is a place where children are 100% free to learn according to their own interests and without coercion. Great. But, if our family is already “unschooling”, then why pay money and invest effort and petrol in getting
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Evaluating the Credibility of Professional Certifications

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How To Teach A Sea Lion Who’s Fussy About Grammar

When it comes to sentence structure, Rocky, a sea lion, was a stickler. “It really mattered to her, what’s going to be the direct and indirect object,” says Kathy Streeter, an animal trainer. For Sierra, it isn’t the grammar that interests her. It’s the vocalizations. This California sea lion loves experimenting with her vocal range,
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In The Trenches And At Home, New Teachers Need Support

A support system is important for anyone going through transition. Starting a new job – particularly your first job – can be one of the toughest transitions anyone faces. New teachers have to adjust to the procedures of a particular school, but also have to navigate the trial and error of classroom management strategies, working with parents and lesson planning. Many in
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In Indiana, Raising The Bar Raises Questions About Special Education

A generation ago, a high school diploma could open doors, especially to well-paying manufacturing jobs. But today, with technology radically reshaping the U.S. economy, many of those doors have closed. The high school diploma is as important as ever — but as a stepping stone to a higher degree, no longer as a destination. That’s
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After 25 Years, What’s Next For Charter Schools?

The major advocacy group for charter schools is meeting this week in Nashville, Tenn., and there’s lots to celebrate. What began with a single state law in Minnesota has spread to a national movement of nearly 6,800 schools, serving just under 3 million students. But at its annual meeting, the National Alliance for Public Charter
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How poverty affects school success

SmartBlog on Education this month is exploring the science of learning. Join us for original content in which experts explore trends in learning research and highlight teaching strategies that can help improve student performance. More American children are living in poverty today than before the Great Recession. Nationally, nearly a quarter of children live at
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Best practices for 21st-century teaching and learning

When people play games, especially when we come together to play games, there’s a meaningful context for content that students may not embrace otherwise. I’ve used different games (including World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Portal 2 and Sims) in different contexts at all grade levels at many of our schools. Good games engage players in deep
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Surprise! Amid Rising Inequality, One School Gap Is Narrowing

Recent studies and government reports continue to highlight what many Americans know by their wallets: Rising income differences, debt and stagnant real wages are among the biggest problems besetting the nation. That economic inequality is reflected in America’s schools, right? Absolutely. But a study just out shows that the gap in school readiness between rich
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