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Empowering Early Childhood Educators If children are too small to fail, then the influence of adults on their success is too powerful to disregard.
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The Paradox of Public Blame and the Prospects of Public Education When Americans turn their attention to school reform—as they frequently do—who or what is to blame for the state of the public schools is a question that always comes up.
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Teacher Education Still Needs Feminism The majority of teachers in the United States are still women. Still. And while many outside teacher education debate versions of feminism in JLo’s “Ain’t Your Mama,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists,” Malala’s rise to international heroine, and Hillary Clinton’s use of the “woman card,” feminism—of any variety—continues to be largely absent from teacher education.
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Ethics in Everyday Teaching Practice Educators and policy makers often struggle with such ethical questions—not just about discipline, but also about promotion and retention policies, grading practices, assessment and accountability measures, school choice, tracking, and myriad other decisions both large and small.
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Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century In the book-turned-movie The Martian, Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and then is later rescued. Viral blog posts have suggested that had this really happened, it would have taken about $200 billion to rescue him. What they do not mention, however, is that even $200 trillion would not have been enough, were it not for some critical competencies displayed by Watney’s fellow astronauts, scientists, and Watney himself.
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Are We Building a Wall Inside Our Schools? English learners constitute the fastest-growing segment of K–12 student enrollment. As nonnative speakers of English who have not yet developed full proficiency in their second language (or possibly their third or fourth . . .), they offer the invaluable assets of their first languages and home cultures, resources that can help globalize curriculum and instruction for all students. But these resources can remain walled off from the rest of the class, trapping many English learners behind a linguistic and cultural barrier.
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The Visible Hand: Markets, Politics, and Regulation in Post-Katrina New Orleans Over forty-five school districts are now classified as “portfolio districts,” offering a range of school choices, but these systems look different in different cities. Context matters, but how exactly do different regulatory environments influence the ways in which choice reforms play out?
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Seize the Opportunity As I see it, the Common Core anchor standards—the overarching goals for K–12 education (not the often unreasonable, yearly, grade-level, subject standards)—set goals that enable students to become the people we need to fix our ailing world: people with habits of thinking deeply and reasoning with evidence.
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Garden-Based Learning for Student Success With President Obama’s signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, the landscape for children's education shifts once again. Advocates hope it moves away from an oversized focus on test scores and instead centers on a renewed opportunity to invite teachers to the policy making table.
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Will Education Flourish After NCLB’s Repeal? No other federal law has generated more hostility from teachers and other educators than the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
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