National Parental Involvement Day

National Parental Involvement Day seems kind of like Mother’s Day.  I mean, we should show Mom we love her everyday, right?  But, I’m not complaining that we’ve set aside a day to recognize the importance  - of both. It is no secret that parental involvement plays a large role in the academic success of our […]

The 24-Hour Bully Stake-Out Times

If bullying in schools is on your radar, then you have a lot of company.  More and more schools are implementing anti-bullying programs as incidents of bullying  is on the rise.  And as our children get more and more technology savvy, episodes of cyberbullying are increasing as well.  Teachers are concerned; parents are concerned.  And […]

Parental Involvement: A New Metric for NYC Schools

New York City schools will soon be rated based on how well they work with parents.  This new metric was announced by  Chancellor Dennis Walcott on October 26 in a meeting introducing an overhaul of how the city’s education system engages with families.  Walcott said the plan would start with 10 to 15 pilot schools […]

Common Core State Standards Ranked Rigorous

The common-core standards in English/language arts and mathematics are generally aligned to the leading state standards, international standards, and university standards at the high-school-exit level, but are more rigorous in some content areas, says a report released Wednesday. Researchers at the Educational Policy Improvement Center, or EPIC, a Eugene, Ore.-based research organization, compared the content and […]

The Mozart Effect

There is significant research to substantiate a connection between music and the learning of math. The National Association for Music Education provides a wealth of resources that explore this connection.   Many other studies that have been conducted and brain researchers have explored the impact of music on learning in general. According the the NAMM Foundation, there are scientific […]

“Flipped” Classrooms Take Advantage of Technology

A growing number of teachers are digitally recording lessons, uploading them to iTunes, and assigning them as homework.  It’s the latest way that technology is changing teachers’ jobs, and tech-savvy educators refer to it as “flipped” or “upside-down” classes.  Teachers who are implementing flipped classrooms say they offer greater control of material and enable them […]

Stop the Bullying

If it seems like bullying in schools is getting worse, you are probably right.  School bullying at all levels of elementary and high school is increasing,  and even the preschool level is beginning to see the effects of bullying and teasing.  According to a recent study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (2010) […]

What is Singapore Math?

In the most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, Singapore ranked second in the world in fourth-grade math, just behind Hong Kong. The United States placed 11th. Singapore also has excelled on other international tests. So just what is Singapore Math?  The program follows a concrete to representational to abstract approach to teaching mathematical […]

What teachers really want to tell parents

Ron Clark, author of “The End of Molasses Classes:  Getting our Kids Unstuck, and Disney’s American Teacher of the Year as well as Oprah Winfrey’s pick as her “Phenomenal Man” recently wrote an article for CNN describing what he claims “teachers really want to tell parents.” Clark maintain, “For starters, we are educators, not nannies. […]

President Obama Proposes Major Investment in Teachers and Facilities

Last week in a nationally-televised speech to members of Congress and the American people, President Obama shared his plan for $447 billion in tax cuts and government spending to boost the nation’s lagging economic recovery. He called on lawmakers to put politics aside and work together to solve the jobs crisis, with specific programs that […]