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Alabama isn't synonymous with educational excellence. According to usnews.com, Alabama high schools rank 37th in the nation and was one of eight states to receive a grade of D+ or less from the Quality Counts 2016 report. From school finance to student achievement, Alabama has traditionally lagged behind other states.


If we understand the attributes of effectiveness, we can observe which attributes exist at successful schools.


While there's no doubt that standardized assessment has become a driving force in education, it's not yet universally agreed that this is a good thing.


Value-added assessment is designed to ensure that students are learning, by comparing their current knowledge and skills against their previous knowledge and skills.


Learning management systems boost personalized learning but seem to disconnect with the assessments required in certain topics. Is the next wave of LMS assessment integration?


Technology has been changing the way teachers instruct and the way classes are held. It will introduce some interesting changes in the future of education. What does the future hold? Consider some up-and-coming possibilities:


Is it time to turn the U.S. K-12 school calendar completely on its head by abolishing summers-off schedules and adding time in the classroom? Would such actions make a significant positive impact on student performance, particularly in STEM topics?


When the school year ends, teachers are happy to have a break from the drudgery of the school year, but they also want students to avoid the summer slide.


As a teacher you may find it very difficult to work with your principal. Therefore this article provides tips for surviving the work place as you continue to invest in the lives of students.


As much progress as technology can help a classroom make, it isn't always a positive force. There are some drawbacks to trying to introduce technology into classrooms, even when the implementation is done in the most thoughtful and well planned out of ways.


If your classroom has students with special needs, modern technology can be a massive blessing. Digital devices and screen capability have helped countless students overcome communication hurdles and obstacles to class participation.


The cell phone can be a powerful distraction or an educational tool. You have to decide which it will be in your classroom.


Teacher turnover - the continuous cycling of new teachers through a district, with very few or even none staying beyond a year or few - is a big problem. It affects the state of education overall, and while it may not seem like it at first glance, it also impacts you as a prospective or freshly certified teacher. But how? Why should you care about teacher turnover?


When it comes to social media, it's not worth getting in wars -- especially with Kanye West. Here are some lessons that educational leaders can take from some of Kanye's most famous Twitter backlash.


What distinguishes gifted children from other children? This question has been under debate for some time. However, as educators, understanding how gifted students learn in comparison to their peers is necessary for the success of their learning experience and your ability to connect with them through teaching.


Children in today's classrooms will most likely be digital natives, people who were born in the digital era and have used technology all their lives.


Teaching via combined languages is important, as multiple races and immigrants from different countries live in the United States.


Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reveal that 8th grade girls scored better than boys on an assessment focused on technology and engineering.


The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a report titled, "The Condition of Education 2016." The latest data shows that students entering kindergarten from low-income backgrounds are already at a statistical disadvantage.


A recent Stanford University study finds that suspensions in schools, which impact students of color most, can be reduced when educators actively practice empathy.


A former New York City PD director and blended learning specialist weighs in on online learning for teachers.


Michelle Obama, a vocal supporter of arts expansion programs in low-performing schools, was the guest of honor at a White House event announcing the expansion of the Turnaround Arts initiative.


Are iPads and other tablets fading in popularity for classrooms? Findings from a survey of Maine high school students and educators imply that the use of iPads for education purposes is not effective, with 90 percent of teachers and 74 percent of students prefer using laptops over the iPad.


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