Forty Percent of America’s K-12 Teachers Appear Disheartened

Two out of five American K-12 teachers appear disheartened and disappointed about their jobs, according to new research by Public Agenda. The nationwide study, “Teaching for a Living: How Teachers See the Profession Today,” offers a comprehensive and nuanced look at how teachers differ in their perspectives on their profession, why they entered teaching, the [...]

‘The Kids’ Science Challenge’ Inspires Great Ideas From Young Scientists

The Kids’ Science Challenge is a unique competition targeted to students and helps them discover the importance of scientific innovation and research.

There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

By Dan Austin Have you read all the articles predicting the end of the recession? The front cover of Newsweek announced that the recession is over—but the recovery will be tough? Economists do believe the fundamentals of a deep recession are behind us. So what’s next? Everyone is anticipating the winners and losers just like [...]

No Einstein in Your Crib? Get a Refund

Parent alert: the Walt Disney Company is now offering refunds for all those “Baby Einstein” videos that did not make children into geniuses. They may have been a great electronic baby sitter, but the unusual refunds appear to be a tacit admission that they did not increase infant intellect. “We see it as an acknowledgment [...]

Students Give Math a Bit More Thought

The teenagers in Stephanie Nichols’s algebra class have nothing on her blank stare. And they can’t even come close to her best confused expression: eyebrows furrowed, mouth frowning, a flash of ditziness framed by a blond bob. Like encouraging men to elaborate about their feelings or getting couples to come clean about their money habits, [...]

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces National Competition to Invest in Innovation

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Department’s priorities for grants under the $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). The fund, which is part of the historic $5 billion investment in school reform in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will support local efforts to start or expand research-based innovative programs that [...]

Action Alert: Teacher Tax Deduction Legislation

The Internal Revenue Code of 1986 includes a provision that allows elementary and secondary school teachers the opportunity to take a tax deduction of up to $250 annually on their federal income tax, if they have spent their own out-of-pocket funds to purchase school supplies and/or equipment for their classrooms, if there is no reimbursement [...]

Update on State Education Budgets and FY 2010 Education Funding Bill

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has analyzed recent state budget shortfalls, some effects of ARRA funds on state and local governments, and identifies circumstances and suggestions for states and localities as they plan for FY 2011. The CBPP analyzed selected impacts of the economic stimulus and recovery funds, on state and local [...]

Free Lesson Plan Game: Thanksgiving Turkey Put Together

Game: Turkey Put Together Social Studies Grade 1- 3 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Students play a game using a common symbol of Thanksgiving. Directions Discuss turkey parts and show a picture of turkey. Game Directions: Divide the class into two teams. This can be done by numbering off by 1s and 2s. As the children [...]

2009 Nation’s Report Card in Math Reveals No Change at 4th Grade, But New High for 8th Grade Score

There has been no significant change in the performance of the nation’s 4th-graders in mathematics from 2007 to 2009, a contrast to the progress seen from 1990 to 2007 at that grade level and subject, according to the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics. But the 8th-grade mathematics score on the NAEP, [...]