School Dolls – Dolls in Education

Realizing that some of your children’s toys can be wonderful teaching tools, helping to engage them in developing essential life-skills, can open up a whole new realm of interactive play experiences for you and your child. School Dolls come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. They also come in both male and female versions. Using [...]

Children’s Music – Why Go Home

My wife has a cheesy ring tone on her phone. Do you know that LMFAO song “I’m Sexy and I Know It?” Terrible…and catchy! The other day the phone rang and the addictive chorus began to play (“I workout!”). As I looked up, I saw our one-year-old daughter begin to bop around to the beat. [...]

Top 5 Educational Technology Trends for 2012

What are the top five education-technology trends to watch in 2012?  According to a recent article in THE Journal,  we will see an increase in mobile learning, plus an increase in the number of students learning online. Experts also foresee greater use of social-networking websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, in the classroom, and the [...]

Income-Based Achievement Gap is Growing

The achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers has grown by roughly 40% since the 1960s, according to a recent study by researchers at Stanford University. Another study from University of Michigan researchers shows a 50% increase since the late 1980s in the imbalance between rich and poor students completing college. Furthermore, researchers say they expect the gap to widen due to the economic situation.

Is Standardized Testing the Monster of American Education?

Public education is under attack, says education historian, Diane Ravitch. At a time when schooling is being radically re-envisioned with the Common Core Standards, Ravitch makes a thought-provoking argument about the success or failure of standardized testing.

The Shift to Common Core Must Include Professional Development

The Common Core Standards are becoming a reality for 46 states and the District of Columbia.  This is a major step toward better preparing our students to graduate from high school and be career ready. And while most buy in to the premise of a change in creating a coherent national framework for what students [...]

Optimism for the Common Core State Standards

The new Common Core State Standards are slowly creeping into classrooms across 47 states in the country. The primary goal: Ensure that our students are “college-and-career ready.”

January 25 is No Name-Calling Day

January 25 is National No Name-Calling Day, designed to promote educational and creative activities aimed at ending name-calling, bullying and harassment in our schools. Download a free 45-page elementary lesson plan pack to help you.

Closing the Achievement Gap for ESL/ELL Students

The Latino achievement gap has been an ongoing challenge for years. Studies show an early and persistent gap between the achievement of Hispanic students and that of their white peers. The gap appears by the time students have reached the 3rd grade and remains fairly consistent throughout their school careers impacting graduation rates and college enrollment.

A Few Things You Should Know About Common Core Standards

Previously, every state has worked from its own set of academic standards, meaning public education students in each state are learning to different levels. The Common Core standards have been designed so that all students are prepared to compete with not only their American peers in the next state, but also with students globally. Change is not easy and many teachers are lamenting yet another shift in the standards movement. But in many ways the Common Core State Standards are perfect for the 21st Century educator.