According to numerous sources, America is experiencing a nationwide teacher shortage that will undoubtedly escalate to a crisis within the next two years.

Sustained educational change will never occur until we as a country decide that enough is enough and make a commitment to change, no matter what it takes.

Contrary to popular belief, DNA is not a child's destiny. IQ is not fixed. Cognitive skills can change. This is critically important in K-12 schools because of the poverty gap -- the difference between a child's chronological age and developmental age.

So how can colleges step up their game when it comes to closing the achievement gap?

The following guest post was written by Vlada Lotkina Educators know that family support is vital to a student's success. Studies show a strong and powerful correlation between parent involvement and their child's GPA, graduation rate, test scores, and social skills. Teachers themselves rate family support in education as the most important factor in a student's success, ahead of their own teaching skill, according to our recent survey. To create effective family support in education, parents and teachers need trust and a real person-to-person connection. Unfortunately, most of the purpose-built communication tools that have recently emerged do not enhance and ...

People who fall outside this fringe group of perceived misfits may wonder why the school-to-prison pipeline should matter to them. Outside of caring about the quality of life for other individuals, which is something that is not teachable, the school-to-prison pipeline matters in more tangible ways.

Over and over statistics show that punishment for black boys - even first-time offenders - in schools is harsher than any other demographic.

This two-step process will help educators analyze connections between their students' test results and the materials they are using.

It's a statistically sound fact that high school dropouts in all demographics have a higher likelihood of incarceration at some point in their lives.

Black boys are a student demographic that has been, and continues to be, misunderstood in P-20 classrooms. Misbehavior, learning styles, and social skills are often misconstrued as problems by educators when in fact, black boys are simply not receiving the most effective forms of discipline, lessons, and peer-interaction opportunities.

The opinions expressed in Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12 are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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