Laura Isensee

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Why Calling Slaves 'Workers' Is More Than An Editing Error

Friday, October 23, 2015

This high school geography textbook calls slaves "workers" and "immigrants." The publisher is working to correct the error, but what does it tell us about teaching history?


In Houston's Gifted Program, Critics Say Blacks And Latinos Are Overlooked

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Whites and Asians get most of the spots in the city's gifted and talented program. One researcher describes it as being "segregated by race and income."


How Textbooks Can Teach Different Versions Of History

Monday, July 13, 2015

About 5 million public school students in Texas this year will get new and controversial textbooks that critics say water down history.


In Class It's 'Ms. Smalls,' Onstage She's 'Miss Houston'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Our Secret Lives of Teachers series continues with Isis Smalls, who teaches English and coaches volleyball at a Houston middle school. She's also a beauty pageant winner.


Texas Hits The Books

Friday, November 21, 2014

For the first time in more than a decade, the Texas State Board of Education has adopted new social studies textbooks. But the process came with a few hiccups.


More School Districts Rethink Zero-Tolerance Policies

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

When a child is suspended or expelled, it rarely improves his behavior or his academics. One school in Houston has adopted an old technique to handle student disputes: the healing circle.


Fed Up With Zero Tolerance In Schools, Advocates Push For Change

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Studies show that harsh policies, including criminalization, don't help the students who are removed from the classroom โ€” and that schools punish black, Latino and disabled students more harshly.


Coal Industry Takes Teachers For A Class In Mining

Monday, September 02, 2013

Energy companies have begun paying for teachers to attend five days of all-expenses-paid training at a mine site. Not everyone is happy about the idea.