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Review by Kathryn M. Bateman, Ph.D. Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education, The Pennsylvania State University Book Details: The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2013. […]
Photo by flickr user Katie Hargrave One of the many surprising outcomes of the November 8 elections was how wrong the polls were. The commonly used statistical models and sampling techniques were well wide of the final counts. This was a […]
Zooming in on Teacher Data Use Practices: Understanding the Logics of Ability Grouping and Differentiated Instruction By: Vicki Park and Amanda Datnow
Across the globe, teachers are being asked to use data to guide their instructional decision making. The belief is that by using data, teachers can better differentiate instruction according to students’ needs. But how exactly are decisions about differentiated instruction […]
NEW YORK, NY – With the recent confirmation of Betsy DeVos and the shift toward a federal education agenda that focuses on school choice, the organization Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on March 1 over the claim “Charter schools are overrated.” […]
Why Do Educators Use Punitive Discipline Tactics Like Corporal Punishment and Suspension?, by Brianna L. Kennedy, Amy S. Murphy, and Adam Jordan
Image by Wesley Fryer In this new political era, we are witnessing an increasingly punitive focus on groups of people perceived to be “un-American” or “lawless,” and these discourses negatively impact our children. In the first two weeks after the election […]
Image by Flickr User Eastern Mennonite University Attempts to create more equitable education through policy initiatives sometimes fail because these attempts do not take the voices of all the stakeholders into consideration. This essay argues for a process-oriented approach to […]
How Do I Use This Thing? The Push for Technology in the Classroom is Increasing and Training for Educators is Staying the Same, by Jeremy Anderson
“Cutting-edge technology is as perishable as a truckload of ripe bananas: it’s worth a fortune today, but if not used quickly, it becomes worthless” (Knoke 1996) I’m not necessarily proud of this, but I stayed up until 3 am […]
Is the Feeling Mutual? Examining Parent-Teacher Relationships in Low-Income, Predominantly Latino Schools. By Hannah Miller Jessa Valentine Rachel Fish and Michelle Robinson
Image by Flickr user COD Newsroom Practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers consider family engagement with schools to be crucial to student success. When parents and teachers have strong relationships, they are more apt to share information about how a child is […]
Reflectiveness, Adaptivity, and Support: How Teacher Agency Promotes Student Engagement. By Kristy Cooper Stein, Tara Kintz, and Andrew Miness
Image by flickr user Maria Belhassan While student engagement is essential to actualizing powerful instruction and authentic learning, engaging students remains challenging for teachers. Persistent student disengagement may not reflect teachers’ lack of attention to engagement. In fact, teachers we spoke […]
Has the Elite Foundation Agenda Spread Beyond the Gates? An Organizational Network Analysis of Nonmajor Philanthropic Giving in K12 Education By Joseph J. Ferrare and Katherine Reynolds
Image by flickr user Tobi Gaulke What role should private wealth play in shaping public institutions? This highly contentious question is often at the center of policy debates in the United States, and education policy is certainly no exception. As […]