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Empowered Teachers Take the Lead in Revamping Curriculum

As the U.S. becomes more ethnically and racially diverse, how do teachers re-examine traditional curriculum that no longer seems relevant? How can they create a new curriculum that gives students skills that, in the past, were not considered necessary? Teachers across the U.S. are experimenting with new ways to introduce students to issues involving racism, […]

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Empowered Teachers Turning to Customized Experiences to Teach News Literacy

Students go to school to read. But what about knowing what they’re reading is true or false? Media literacy is a skill students need now more than ever. Research from Stanford University shows that while most young people are savvy with technology, most middle school and high school students do not have the skills to […]

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Why Improv Comedy Is Being Used to Teach High Schoolers Leadership Skills

Imagine a school where students are funny — On purpose. Now imagine a school where being funny makes students better learners. That is what’s happening for Chicago Public High School students who are developing improvisational theater skills intended to help them become more successful in engaging with their peers, the outside world, and potential employers. […]

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“School Within a School” Program Aims to Help Disengaged Students Find Success

Re-imagining public education means looking at traditional structures and replacing them with innovative methods and practices that are more direct and intimate for the student. Take the Star Academy, a nationally-recognized effort designed to help at-risk students succeed. Based in LaPlace, Louisiana, the Star Academy is a subsidiary of NOLA Education. Its methodologies include establishing […]

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Testing, testing: How will measurement change in the future of education?

When measuring for the future, there is much to consider. Are we testing the right things in K-12 education? How do we change testing to promote constant improvement for all kids while not creating a system that promote standardization and hyper testing? These are important questions that should bring together all Americans. To improve our […]

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If America’s education system is outdated, how can we evolve?

Specialization in education is just one way of optimizing the system for the future. The current education system wasn’t designed to accommodate the dynamism required today. The current education system doesn’t allow teachers to access the freedom they crave nor allow every student to excel. How can we evolve to allow our K-12 system provide […]

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Redefining the “experts” in education reform might be the key to success

Why does a former Chicago Public School teachers and one of the founders of KIPP – one of the most celebrated public charter school networks in the country believe the future of education success in America requires us to redefining who are “experts” and changing the model of our K-12 education system so that power […]

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What NASA can teach us about education reform

If teachers weren’t taught to fear failure, could they see greater success in the mission of education? If you look in Webster Dictionary, you will see “institution” in the definition of school, when in fact parents and educators care more about a student’s potential to become a life long learner, understand knowledge and develop relationships […]

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How does stress affect a child’s development and academic potential?

Understanding cognitive development and stress in children can add context to systems of education. There are critical areas of brain development, like zero-to-five, but there are also critical areas of brain development in the adolescent years. Does the hyper testing, standardized system provide too much stress on our students and harm brain development? Unrelenting stress […]

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How can cognitive science inform the future of education?

The science of learning is decades ahead of the education system. How can we bring education into the present? Dr. Lindsay Portnoy, recently featured in The Washington Post, believes things school bells, siloed ‘one-hour-one-subject’ classes, traditional grades, and standardized testing are outdated design features of the education system. But this isn’t just a hunch, Dr. Portnoy […]