December 2014 Archives

As we ring in the New Year this week, it's a good time to look ahead to K-12 education initiatives and make reasonable assumptions about where it is headed in the coming year.

A Boston-area teacher has donated a $150,000 cash prize to the charter school where she works. Nikki Bollerman entered an online contest that asked what people wished for others during the holiday season.

The Florida Department of Education has announced plans to review the state's standardized testing. The announcement comes after a year of criticism of testing policies and opposition toward the new standards.

Students benefit when there are parent-school partnerships surrounding their school work.

The rules are still being written in K-12 schools when it comes to fair and non-discriminatory treatment of transgender students. As more students are feeling comfortable expressing their transgender identities and at younger ages, schools are confronted with the task of better accommodating these students -- and often in the face of controversy.

Beginning next year, the nation's 6,000-plus colleges and universities will no longer be given specific scores and rankings in the style of U.S. News, but instead they will be judged on a sliding scale based on three criteria: access, affordability, and student outcomes.

Are teachers the answer to fixing the problem with many of the attempts at school reform, or does the problem run much deeper?

Under a new evaluation system that is being hailed as a better way of assessing teacher performance, nine out of ten New York City teachers received one of the top two rankings.

My home state of Mississippi needs to make some big changes as soon as possible. I want the state to earmark sufficient money towards improving education, and to work to improve their "D" rating . Like Sanders-Tate said, the students deserve the best, and the best is far from outdated textbooks.

In the 2011 - 2012 school year, more than 500 public schools in America offered single-sex schooling options for students, despite a lack of scientific or academic proof that these arrangements benefit the students in attendance. Christine Gross-Loh examines this issue in an article for The Atlantic where she says that critics call same-sex schooling "sexist" and ineffective.

American teachers spend more hours in the classroom than their peer across the globe, according to a recent education report from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). The report outlines the state of education in the world's most developed countries.

A goal of education is to help all students become respectful of the multitudes of cultures and people that they'll interact with once they exit the educational setting. How might a culturally responsive educator push against human nature's natural aversion to the unknown and help students become more respectful of cultures with different ideas?

While 80 percent of high school seniors receive a diploma, less than half of those are able to proficiently read or complete math problems.

The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (released in May 2014) had some shocking news: since 2009, there has been no improvement in math and reading performance among our nation's high school seniors.

Should teachers be judged on student performance? Is it a fair assessment of their skills as educators?

A recent study has found that children who attend all-day preschool are much better prepared for Kindergarten than children who go to half-day programs.

The surge of illegal immigrants in the US cost at least $761 million to educate in 2014. The estimation from the Federation for American Immigration Reform issued a report on the 37,000 illegal immigrant minors after analyzing data from the Department of Health and Human Services and education funding formulas in all fifty states.

A study released by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs points to growing disparities between low-income and high-income school districts due to voluntary donations.

So, we must ask ourselves why boys seem to be falling behind academically. More importantly, what steps need to be taken in order to reverse this trend?

Technology makes it possible for students to truly approach academics from a place of strength and to never feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable because of the style of teaching, or face the fear of falling behind. As personalized learning options like those developed by Epiphany Learning™ are integrated into classroom models, students will benefit - and so will their teachers.


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