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September 01, 2014

Post 0001: It's a Great Time to be Young (and Old)!

Welcome! If you are a person living in these times who is very -- or even remotely -- interested in creating new things, going new places and improving the world, this is probably the best time in the history of humans to be alive. Today's kids are fledglings on the ledge of a new, and towering future -- and our job is help them leave the aerie in a way that allows them to soar.

August 21, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: FreshGrade Brings in $4.3M to Connect Teachers, Parents

Canadian-based FreshGrade, Inc. raised $4.3 million of venture capital to expand its digital assessment and communication platform to K-12 schools throughout the United States.

August 19, 2014

School as Home, and the Unwritten Job Descriptions of Teachers in High-Needs Schools

Creating a "home" at school, a safety net for kids who may have limited parental supervision or positive role modeling, creates the best chance for students to succeed. For teachers, this represents an added layer of responsibility, one for which we can't expect recognition within our formal evaluations, but which is nonetheless a vital component of doing our jobs well.

August 11, 2014

Cultivation of Curiosity in Children Linked to Later Aptitude in Science

When parents encourage their children to ask "why?." kids may be more interested in science later in life. How can schools engage students who didn't have that experience?

July 17, 2014

D.C. Council Set to Vote on Special Education Improvements

Observers say the District of Columbia schools, which has had a dysfunctional special education program for years, has been making notable improvements.

July 09, 2014

Want More Kids to Graduate? Report Suggests Starting with Mom and Dad

A new report suggests "dual generation" anti-poverty programs could boost the achievement and prosperity of parents and children alike.

June 24, 2014

The Ultimate Demise of Common Core - Part II: The Parents

It's been said that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but in the case of Common Core implementation, I'd say the word "parent" could easily be inserted. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, message boards - you do not have to look very far to find a post, thread or entire account dedicated to a common hatred for Common Core. Facebook pages titled "Common Sense against Common Core" and "Against Common Core" have fans who are passionate about dismantling the initiatives that are ruining the educational journey of their kids and dumbing them down for testing.

June 13, 2014

Unmarried with Children: Fatherhood in the Inner City

A pair of Johns Hopkins researchers explore why low-income men father children outside of marriage.

May 19, 2014

What Would Real Community Engagement Look Like?

It was a late night in April, after a long, warm San Jose day leading a local district school as the principal; I was now at a student recruitment event at a local church. During that entire year I had led my district school as principal during the daytime hours (it would end the year as the fourth best elementary school for low income students in the entire state of California) and then in the evenings and late nights, I would meet with prospective families and students for the charter school that we were opening in a mere four months.

April 02, 2014

Early Developmental Screening Focus of New Federal Initiative

The Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, among other agencies, are teaming up on an effort to teach caregivers the signs of developmental delays.

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