The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover

Before the storm, the New Orleans public school system had suffered from white flight, neglect, mismanagement and corruption, which left the schools in a state of disrepair. The hurricane almost literally wiped out the schools: Only 16 of 128 buildings were relatively unscathed. As of 2013 the student population was still under 45,000, compared with […]

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Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

Children whose parents reported more reading at home and more books in the home showed significantly greater activation of brain areas in a region of the left hemisphere called the parietal-temporal-occipital association cortex. This brain area is “a watershed region, all about multisensory integration, integrating sound and then visual stimulation,” said the lead author, Dr. […]

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If Teachers Were Treated Like Pro Athletes

What if teachers were treated like pro athletes? That’s the premise behind this spot-on “Key & Peele” sketch. In the clip, the comedic duo reports on “the latest developments in the exciting world of pro teaching” on the show “TeachingCenter.” Watch for some hefty paychecks, the highly-anticipated High School Teacher Draft and (what else?!) a flashy car […]

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Let the Kids Learn Through Play

The idea seems obvious: Starting sooner means learning more; the early bird catches the worm. But a growing group of scientists, education researchers and educators say there is little evidence that this approach improves long-term achievement; in fact, it may have the opposite effect, potentially slowing emotional and cognitive development, causing unnecessary stress and perhaps […]

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Survey by AFT & BAT Finds Massive Stress Among Teachers

The American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association collaborated on a survey of teachers that revealed enormous stress among teachers. Says the article in Yahoo: “It sounds like the worst job ever. Employees complain about little autonomy, constant stress, being forced to implement new workplace demands without adequate training or institutional support to […]

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Teachers Without Mentors Leave the Profession Much Faster, Study Finds

A lot of research has examined teacher attrition and retention, but even still, findings can be inconsistent or narrow. A new federal report out today tries to address shortcomings in teacher retention research. There are some threads throughout the data:
Teachers with mentors: Among members of the original cohort, 86 percent with first-year mentors were still teaching, compared with 71 percent without mentors…

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Did Atlanta Educators Get Equal Justice Before the Law?

But as I saw educators led away in shackles, as I saw speculation that they were facing 20 years in prison, I began to think again. Yes, cheating is wrong and should never be tolerated, but this punishment does not fit the crime. It is way too disproportionate to the charges. Some criminals get lesser […]

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With first taste of success, Boston students up for debate

Educators have seen debate teams–once the province of suburban high schools and elite prep schools–invigorate struggling students and challenge the best ones in cities across the country. In Boston, a study found that debaters’ grades improved and they were more likely to take and pass advanced placement tests. Adan, from New Mission High School in […]

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Boston Fed study finds wealth disparities ‘worrisome’

“The Color of Wealth in Boston,” a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, could be accurately summed up in one word: white. By nearly every measure, white households in Greater Boston had more wealth than African-Americans, Caribbean blacks, Cape Verdeans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans, painting a worrisome picture of a region with […]

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Boston schools’ language barriers persist

The Boston school system is failing to adequately teach thousands of students who speak limited English and provide them with rigorous coursework, nearly five years after promising the US government it would overhaul programs to comply with civil rights laws, according to an ongoing federal review obtained by the Globe.

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