In this guest post, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Executive Director Kimberlee Kiehl wonders if our historic fixation on getting kids to fit in is getting in the way of creating communities to which they feel they belong, and suggests a few ways we might need to change our practices as a result.
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November 20, 2013
August 02, 2013
I will be one of the first people to tell you that volunteering is good for your body, mind, and soul. I owe much of my drive, creativity, problem-solving skills, and success to the years I've spent as a volunteer, as well as the people who taught me the value of giving back. A recent study by Har...
July 26, 2013
Middle-class students are more likely than working-class peers to push repeatedly for teacher help, even when they get into trouble for it, a new study finds.
June 27, 2013
While educators often focus on class behavior as a measure of student engagement, a new study finds subtler facets of engagement can be harder to flag but just as critical for their long-term academic success.
December 18, 2012
The Foundation for Child Development's 2012 child well-being index finds rising parent and child engagement and more responsible children, even amid harsher family economic situations.
November 11, 2012
Naima Khandaker, Battelle for Kids Human Capital Specialist, authored to this post. Naima is a former teacher and current education policy nerd who believes that one day soon, education will be great for all kids. I'm going to ask you to think back to your college Psychology 101 class; specificall...
October 31, 2012
In recent weeks, I have had several conversations with school personnel directors about the importance of building ethical cultures and practices. Leaders in all industries face issues concerning unethical behavior and can learn from each other about how best to tackle these situations. Here are se...
August 07, 2012
We have all had a great teacher who made a difference in our lives--a math teacher who stayed after school to help us learn Algebra, a coach who not only inspired us to compete on the field, but showed us how to be a leader off of it, or a principal who taught us how to believe in ourselves and drea...
July 25, 2012
One of the National Science Foundation's first new INSPIRE awards will look for ways to measure how creativity develops in groups.
April 04, 2012
In my previous post, I discussed monetary and non-monetary rewards. One important take away from that piece is that while many people think non-monetary reward programs are cheaper or, at times, free, this is not always the case. Also, the best reward programs must be matched to the population you a...