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.

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.

Congress Breathes New Life into Striving Readers Programs

The budget compromise recently hammered out in Washington breathes new life into a major literacy initiative at the U.S. Department of Education.

The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers

Is teacher value-added a good measure of teacher quality? In investigating the long-term impacts of “effective teachers”, researchers found that elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise their students’ standardized test scores have a wide-ranging, lasting positive effect on those students’ lives even beyond academics.

No Excuses – Not Just for Teachers

As teachers, we want to provide support, encouragement, and understanding that some things are beyond a child’s control. But, at what point do excuses become crutches with long-lasting effects?

A Boost for Early Childhood Education

Nine states that won Race to the Top grants to improve early-childhood education all presented plans that include collaboration across government agencies to achieve their goals.