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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.