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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What Parents need to know about Democratic Learning Communities

You are reading this because you care about the child in your life, and you want the best for them. You want to be certain that they will get an education that equips them for a full, successful and happy life. This introduction aims to help you orient to the natural learning process, so that
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Reimagining the Modern Classroom

We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to activists and parents—to look beyond laws, politics, and funding and imagine a utopian system of learning. They went back to the drawing board—and the chalkboard—to build an educational Garden of Eden. We’re publishing their answers to one question each day this week. Responses have
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Factors To Consider When Developing Autism Programming In Schools

In the past few years, school districts across the country have been experiencing an increase in referrals for special education services for students with autism spectrum disorders. As a result District personnel, i.e. assessment teams, general educators, special educators and specialized services providers, have been taxed beyond their limits in terms of resources and time.
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