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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Monday, December 07, 2015
Every morning, the familiar routine plays out in hundreds of thousands of classrooms: A teacher looks out over the desks, taking note of who's in their seats and who isn't.
On any given day, maybe there are one or two empty chairs. One here, one there. And that all goes ...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Monday, November 09, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Of all the teachers in the U.S., only 2 percent are black and male. That news is bad enough. But it gets worse: Many of these men are leaving the profession.
Just last month, a new study found that the number of black teachers in the public schools of ...
Saturday, October 03, 2015
"What's the first thing we do when we get to our bike?" David Gesualdi asks his second-graders. "Check the air!" they yell back at him.
His 19 students are sitting in a semicircle in the gym at Walker-Jones Education Campus, not far from the U.S. Capitol.
Decked out in blue ...
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Take a big room in Manhattan with more than 100 people, all of them fired up about education. Add some dramatic lighting and booming PA announcements, and you've got last week's New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference. And everybody there, from university presidents to ed tech startups, was ...
Thursday, September 17, 2015
So you finally get the chance to meet one-on-one with your child's teacher — now what?
Like a good Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference.
The Harvard Family Research Project's Tip Sheet for Parents suggests reviewing your ...
Sunday, August 23, 2015
There's an open box of skulls on the floor. A table is covered with pelvis bones. Nearby: a pile of ribs, tied up with a piece of string.
I'm standing in a basement room, underneath the bleachers of the football stadium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Looking at floor-to-ceiling ...
Saturday, August 01, 2015
On the second floor of Morgan State University's engineering building, Jacob Walker, 12, is putting the finishing touches on a ruler he's just created.
Not yet an actual ruler. One he's designing on the computer. He just needs to add his initials — then it's time to produce it on ...
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I can remember the weeks before starting school at Skidmore College, furiously trying to finish Gregory Howard Williams' memoir, Life on the Color Line. The book had been assigned as our freshman reading assignment — part of the First-Year Experience at the liberal arts school in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015
A federal report out today reinforces the notion that when it comes to state standards, proficiency is still in the eye of the beholder.
A top-scoring student on Arizona's reading test may fall far below average in states with more rigorous exams, like Massachusetts or Wisconsin.
The new report, ...
Sunday, June 07, 2015
The national graduation rate is at an all-time high — 81 percent. It was such big news, President Obama touted it in this year's State of the Union address.
That got us thinking: What's the story behind that 81 percent?
Working with a team of reporters in 14 states, we ...
Monday, May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
The commencement speech season is underway and recent grads are soaking up the advice and wisdom from speakers across the country.
Last weekend, Michelle Obama spoke at Tuskegee University in Alabama, one of the nation's premier historically black universities. She spoke openly about being black in America.
"There will be ...
Friday, May 01, 2015
No matter how high you climb in life, you never forget your favorite teacher.
This week, President Obama awarded Shanna Peeples, a high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, the title of the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.
We've been exploring great teaching as well, with our 50 ...
Friday, April 24, 2015
Open up the newspaper or turn on the news these days, and you'll find plenty of talk about race and racism. But it's a different story in many classrooms.
Some teachers don't consider race germane to their math or English syllabus. Others strive for colorblindness in the classroom, wanting to ...
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
For Whitney Bischoff, high school was tough. On the first day of her freshman year, a childhood friend committed suicide. Things weren't any better at home — her father died when she was 7 and her mom was an alcoholic with an abusive boyfriend.
She had a hard time making ...