Category Archives: National

Mind Shift: What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

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Story by Katrina Schwartz Photo by Erin Scott Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations … Continue reading »


NPR: What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7

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Story by Claudio Sanchez Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don’t start school until age 7. Despite the late start, the vast majority arrive with solid reading … Continue reading »


Mind Shift: Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids

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Story by Annie Murphy Paul Do you speak math with your kids? Many of us feel completely comfortable talking about letters, words and sentences with our children—reading to them at night, helping them decode their own books, noting messages on … Continue reading »


Mind Shift: Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

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Story by Shawn McCusker In the past 10 years, perhaps nothing has changed more than the relationship between teachers and the information being distributed in their classrooms. Historically, the role of teacher has always been that of gatekeeper and distributor … Continue reading »


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

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Story by Laura Isensee Photo Credit: KUHF In 2010, De’angelo Rollins got into a fight with a bully at his new middle school in Bryan, Texas. His mother, Marjorie Rollins Holman, says her shy son reported the bullying, but the … Continue reading »


Mind Shift: Are We Taking Our Students' Work Seriously Enough?

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Story by Luba Vangelova In the course of studying different aspects of children’s environments, Dr. Roger Hart noticed that “a lot of supposedly participatory projects had a distinct air of tokenism. Children were being put on display, so to speak, … Continue reading »


Newshour: To Lower Dropout Rates, Finding Potential Where Support Systems Are Lacking

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June 7, 2013


KRON 4: Oakland Middle School Teacher Honored at White House

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April 23, 2013 By Sylvia Ramirez An Oakland teacher was honored by President Obama at a White House ceremony on Tuesday. I’Asha Warfield is a 7th grade English teacher at Oakland’s Frick Middle School. She is California’s only nominee for … Continue reading »


This American Life: Harper High

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February 15/22, 2013 This American Life spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. They went to get a sense of what it means to live in the … Continue reading »


180 Days: A Year In An American School

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180 Days: A Year In An American School Following the day-to-day stories of students, parents, teachers and staff at the Washington Metropolitan High School (DC MET), “180 Days: Inside An American High School” is an intimate portrait of a public … Continue reading »