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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 […]
A Democratic Constitution for Public Education by Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim. Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. 143pp., $22.50. Katherine L. Arrington The University of Texas, Austin It is no secret that the American education […]
Teacher Collaboration and Latinos/as’ Mathematics Achievement Trajectories by Martha Cecilia Bottia, Stephanie Moller, Roslyn Mickelson and Elizabeth Stearns, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
What’s the Problem? Latinos and Latinas together comprise 16% of the overall population in the United States, and approximately 22% of the school-aged population. The percentage of school-aged children who are Latino/a is predicted to reach 30% by 2030. Arguably […]
What High Schools Can Do to Keep Students from Dropping Out by Stephen Kotok, Sakiko Ikoma and Katerina Bodovski
As of 2014, the four-year graduation rates for American high school students had risen to over 82% (NCES, 2015). Although such an improvement should be applauded, the fact is that about 1 in 5 students still fail to graduate high […]
How to Motivate and Retain Strong Teachers? Findings from Los Angeles by Bruce Fuller, Anisah Waite and David Torres Iribarra
We know that schools lift student learning when they retain and motivate strong teachers. The loss of potent educators – especially young or once vigorous teachers – plagues schools across the nation. But how to best invigorate teachers, slowing the […]
Review by Jesus Tirado, University of Georgia Book Details: Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail it, and the Students and Teachers who made it Triumph. by Kristina Rizga. New York: Nation Books. 2016. 295 pp., $26.99. Kristina Rizga’s (2015) […]