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June 24, 2013

Are Teachers 'At the Table' Or 'On the Menu'? Hard to Tell.

Thursday's "Evaluation Reform: Finding Solutions through Teachers" at the American Institutes for Research was just the type of 30,000-foot-level Washington event that disenfranchised teachers seem to fear is changing the course of their profession.

June 07, 2013

Obama's ConnectED Plan Seeks to Improve Teacher Tech Use

The president's proposal to overhaul the e-rate program in large part prioritizes training teachers to better use technology in the classroom and providing them with more technology resources.

May 23, 2013

New Thinking on the Costs of Punitive Discipline

New research finds that harsh punishments can help students "internalize" moral norms but that they do so at a dual cost.

May 15, 2013

PD Program Targets Cross-Curricular Reading and Confidence

At an event in downtown Washington yesterday, panelists discussed a professional development program that brings reading and social/emotional learning together and according to several studies is having positive effects in both areas.

March 27, 2013

Researcher: It's OK for Kids to be Bored

A British education researcher says it's mistake to think that children need to be "constantly occupied and constantly stimulated."

January 14, 2013

Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade

With every year that passes between 5th and 12th grade, the number of students who are engaged with school declines steadily.

December 26, 2012

Study: Student Motivation, Study Strategies Trump IQ for Learning Gains

A new research study finds that, when it comes to student growth in mathematics, motivation and effective study skills are more important than sheer intelligence.

September 17, 2012

How to Change Your Expectations for Students

An interesting NPR story excavates some psychological research from the 1960s showing that teachers' expectations for students can have a profound effect on their intellectual development. Why? In a nutshell, because teachers interact differently with the kids they expect to do better: As [Harvard...

June 15, 2012

All in the Wrist: Can a Bracelet Measure Student Engagement?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has put $1.4 million into the development of an "engagement pedometer," a bracelet intended to measure students' emotional responses to instruction, according to Reuters. The devices, which have been tested to gauge consumers' reactions to advertising, could tel...

June 06, 2012

Weird Neuroscience: How Can It Be Curbed?

Concerned that the teaching profession is rife with misconceptions about the connections between brain research and learning, a number of scientists and academics are advocating increased formal training for K-12 educators in neuroscience, according to an Education Week story. Some of the ideas ment...

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