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July 16, 2014

Twitter Chat: Summer Learning for Students and Teachers

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, we'll be holding a Twitter chat exploring summer learning for both students and educators.

June 03, 2014

Is Direct Instruction a School-Equity Issue?

An education professor writes that direct instruction presents a quandary for educators. On the one hand, he says, it can to help students' acquire basic skills and do better on standardized tests. On the other, it embodies a highly restrictive view of learning.

January 27, 2014

Author: Poverty Matters, But Isn't Why U.S. Lags in Achievement

Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World, pushes back on the theory that U.S. students' weak performance on international-comparison tests can be attributed largely to high poverty rates.

December 11, 2013

Noguera: Educators Must be 'Guardians of Equity'

At a conference keynote, education advocate Pedro Noguera said that inequity is deeply ingrained in the U.S. education system because, in American society, the pursuit of excellence is often seen as being "at odds with equity."

January 16, 2013

Research Review: Teacher Expectations Matter

A research review by the Education Commission of the States finds that teachers' expectations—often based on factors including race, ethnicity, and family income levels—can significantly affect students' academic performance.

October 01, 2012

Is Jonathan Kozol Too Gloomy?

Jonathan Kozol, at age 76, has new book out entitled Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America. In it, he looks yet again—reportedly in career-summation mode—at the devastating consequences of America's failure to provide equitable educational opportunities in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

June 28, 2012

Report: Make Improving Teacher Working Conditions a Priority

To boost teacher retention and student achievement at high-poverty schools, states and districts must first look to improve working conditions for teachers, concludes a new report by The Education Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit group. The report profiles five school districts that have focused ...

June 15, 2012

Study: Black Students Don't Achieve More With Black Teachers

The University of Houston has brought attention to a study that found there is no significant relationship between the academic achievement of African-American students and the percentage of African-American teachers in a particular school.

May 31, 2012

Teachers Who Make House Calls

Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews reports that a relatively under-the-radar Teacher Home Visit Program in Missouri is having a noticeable impact on student performance: A study by the St. Louis public school system last year of 616 home visits found that the third- to sixth-grade stu...

May 03, 2012

Recognizing Differences Between Black and Hispanic Students

Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail and one of our former opinion bloggers, writes in a USA Today column that "we need to stop lumping blacks and Hispanics together" when talking about ways to improve educational outcomes for minority students. By many measures, urban school districts are ma...

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