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Fostering Good Learning Experiences, Starting with High School This would seem an opportune moment in our national history to bring new ideas to the institution of high school. As a parade of commission reports attest, there is growing recognition among stakeholders that high school is not working well for a sizable proportion of young people.
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Music, Diversity, and Mission in One Black Student Organization The term diversity is exceedingly common--some would even say conspicuous--in discussions of higher education, yet there is no consensus as to its import or even a precise definition.
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First, Do No Harm As the country searches for ways to keep students safe in schools, we must ensure that our efforts do not hinder academic success or, worse, push students out of school and into the juvenile justice system.
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Five Top Challenges for New Leaders of Instructional Rounds After several years as a network participant, and even more as a leader of rounds and mentor to new facilitators, I am committed to doing more to support rounds work. You might wonder whether you have the ability to lead instructional rounds, but I've helped many others who doubted their capabilities to do so successfully. If you have the desire, and my new book on facilitating rounds, you can do this.
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The Arts and UDL: What General Education Can Learn from the Margins In the national discussions about school and curriculum reform, arts education is continually marginalized, requiring its advocates to keep making the case for the contribution of the arts to academic, social, and personal learning outcomes.
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Deeper Learning and the Common Core The first things I noticed when I walked into classrooms at International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn were the dictionaries. In every room, students sat in groups, and in the middle of the groups they placed their language dictionaries: Spanish-English, Uzbek-English, French-English, and more.
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Universal Design for Learning and Improving Education for Incarcerated Youth On any given day, more than 81,000 youth are confined to residential facilities in the juvenile justice system. These youth are disproportionately students of color (particularly African American males), students from low-income backgrounds, and students with disabilities.
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The Power of Parents Ricky immigrated to California with his parents and four siblings when he was four years old. Although Ricky is very much an American high school student (his history teacher was surprised to learn that he was not born in the United States), his home life very much reflects the experience of an immigrant family.
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Stand Up or Bystand? New Insights on Bullying Why do we hear so much about bullying in schools today? Is bullying worse now than ever before? Or is it just more visible to the outside world--more pervasive in the new digital era?
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The End of Exceptionalism in American Education In the late spring of 2011, the New York City Council delivered a message. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had announced a plan to eliminate 4,100 teaching jobs through layoffs, and about 2,000 through attrition.
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