Michelle Obama discusses her visits to DC schools with NBC's Brian Williams.


At a seminar hosted last week by ACT on improving the quality of education for students in middle schools, Nancy M. Doda, a consultant for Teacher to Teacher, expressed a strong dislike of tracking in middle schools. She explained that she'd recently visited a middle school in Long Island where tracking of successful students and unsuccessful students was so evident that it seemed to be a form of "apartheid." She observed students who referred to themselves as being in the "dumb class," she recalled. "What are we doing about that?," she asked members of a panel who were presenting possible ...


A former education secretary opines about the future of math and science education in this country, and getting universities more involved in K-12.


We should be wary of drawing overly broad policy conclusions from the data presented in the international test known as the PISA, a pair of scholars say.


The Learn Me Good blog has cleverly recast blog posts in this week's Carnival of Education as summer feature films. For instance, my blog entry about teacher George Mayo teaching middle school students how to make films, and teaching literacy at the same time, is recast as Mr. Mayo's Opus. In Don't Mess with the Book Whisperer, a teacher takes to heart Donalyn Miller's recommendation that it's not a good idea to teach one novel to the whole class. What do you think about Miller's seven reasons not to teach the whole class a single novel? Can some of you ...


The National High School Center, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and housed at the American Institutes for Research, is hosting a discussion about how literacy can be improved in high schools. Terry Salinger, the managing director and chief scientist for reading at the AIR, is available during the month of June to answer questions about that topic. Submit your questions by e-mail. Salinger hasn't posted any questions and answers yet on the site, so maybe she hasn't yet received any. This topic is getting a lot of play within various education organizations. On June 8, ...


Over at Digital Education, Kathleen Kennedy Manzo features online lessons about world hunger created by the United Nations World Food Program. She suggests that the lesson plans, blogs, videos, interactive games and other resources hold more promise of helping children understand world hunger issues than the standard reminders that parents use to urge kids to clean their plates at dinner. (You know the typical words: "Eat your vegetables. Children without food in India would be really happy to eat those.)...


Students encounter science every day, outside formal classroom settings. These informal experiences—which occur in zoos, museums, on walks through the park, even in computer games—offer the potential to increase students' understanding and love of science, a study released earlier this year found. Next week, at 1 p.m. on June 9, EdWeek is hosting an online chat on informal science education, which will allow readers to submit questions to researchers who've studied the topic extensively. Our guests will be Philip Bell, of the University of Washington, and Heidi Schweingruber of the National Research Council. Both of them worked...


The key to U.S. students competing with Asian and European peers? Ground them in the arts and humanities, not just reading and math, a new report by Common Core argues.


Actor Richard Dreyfuss is in the media limelight today for his interest in creating a curriculum to teach civics to students in grades K-12. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat from Florida, has a similar interest in seeing civics stressed more in schools and in colleges and recently wrote a book, America, The Owner's Manual, on how this can happen. He wants to see youths get engaged in politics. Dreyfuss characterizes civics as "political power." He fears that the nation's young don't understand well the origins of the United States and would like his new curriculum to help ...


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