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September 17, 2014

A Teacher's Experiment: Traffic Lights or Critical Thinking?

Many values are changing rapidly in our new context, and this is especially true in communication. We should be careful as educators not let our own pre-Internet upbringing bias us toward the old.

September 15, 2014

Both F2F & Tech Communication Need Strong Content & Connection

Today's kids will need to communicate effectively both face-to-face and electronically – and each kid's preferences will be different. But all communication, in whatever form, should include both strong content and strong connection.

September 15, 2014

CDC: Nearly Eight in 10 Children Miss Developmental Screenings

Infants, other children, and teenagers are generally not receiving all the preventive care that is recommended for them, according to the federal health agency.

September 11, 2014

Punish Kids by Taking Away Mobile Devices? A #TBT Look Back to 2010

Devices and apps have evolved since 2010, probably more quickly than parents' strategies for monitoring teens' digital usage and regulating teens' digital access as a form of discipline.

September 10, 2014

Parent Engagement Key Focus of Federal Early-Learning Grant Competition

Education Secretary Arne Duncan talked about the $250 million grant competition during his annual back-to-school bus tour, which took him through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

September 08, 2014

"The Silent Praying Position" (Response to a comment)

Human communication paradigms are changing rapidly, and we need to figure out how to best help our kids communicate well — and to balance technological and face-to-face communication.

September 03, 2014

New Group Seeks to Counter 'Toxic Nature' of Education-Policy Debate

A new communications organization headed by a former aide to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan aims to elevate the debate over K-12 education policy, its backers say.

September 01, 2014

It's a Great Time to Be Young (and Old)!

If you are a person interested in creating new things, going new places and improving the world, this is probably the best time to be alive. Today's kids are fledglings on the ledge of a new future. Our job is help them leave the aerie and 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.

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