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10 Great Free Websites for Middle School

Impressive cross-curricular resource helps put the A in STEAM<p><b>Bottom line</b>: A useful and engaging resource for integrating the arts into a variety of …

Kenneth Zeichner: ESSA is a Disaster for Teacher Education

Kenneth Zeichner is a professor emeritus of teacher education at the University of Wisconsin. He read the “Every Student Succeeds Act” closely and …

66 Gift Ideas for Every Style-Obsessed Person in Your Life

From your bestie to your sister to your ultra-stylish coworker, finding a gift that hits the mark can be a real doozy. While buying a slew of gift sets — or even just a plain ol’ gift card to her favorite store — may sound like an easy one-and-done way to wrap up your holiday shopping, it’s not the …

Clothing

America’s reliance on standardized tests is creating a generation of intellectual infants

Can President Obama revolutionize the American education system before he leaves the White House? Probably not. But his “Testing Action Plan,” or TAP for short, is a step in the right direction.<p>On Oct. 24, the president took to Facebook to announce TAP, a new set of education guidelines that will …

Books That Changed My Mind This Year: CEO Selections

A good book will make you think; a really good book will change the way you do it. <i>Fortune</i> asked 18 CEOs, luminaries, and rising stars to name the one …

Developing a Healthy Strategy for Happier, More Productive Teams

In the quest for efficiency, employee wellness is something that often gets overlooked. And at first thought, it might not seem like a company's responsibility to keep employees healthy and happy. After all, the bottom line is primarily concerned with keeping costs low and productivity high.<p>But, a …

7 Ways Mindfulness Can Unlock Your Authentic Self

<i>It's not about raising the bar by expecting more out of yourself, your family life, or the world you live in. It's about totally removing the bar, setting yourself free to live a more joy-filled and satisfying life.</i><p>Over the course of our busy lives, in between family, work, and dinner parties, we …

New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

Two sides resume talks in Seattle teachers' strike | Reuters

(Reuters) - The Seattle public school district and a teachers’ union resumed talks on Saturday, three days after instructors went on strike and delayed the start of fall classes for 53,000 students, officials said.<p>Striking Seattle public school teachers Theresa Healey (2nd L) Peter Weschler, Lisa …

California Republicans echo U.S. trends, favoring outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson

Fueled by derision for politics as usual, Donald Trump has vaulted to the top of the Republican race for president among California voters, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found.<p>Trump won the support of 24% of California Republicans surveyed, while Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon …

Where Does Hillary Clinton Stand on Education Reform?

Where does Hillary Clinton stand on education? Here we'll discuss 8 things you should know about her position on important issues our nation needs to …

The 2016 rhetoric is getting out of control

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Something seems different about the 2016 election cycle. Direct and even personal verbal and social criticism has become the new norm as presidential candidates have compared each other to terrorists, promised to beat-out brains, called journalists crazy, endorsed the word …

Stress Is Your Brain Trying to Avoid Something

Stress exists in every workplace, and all of us have probably tried a few trendy stress-management approaches. But rather than trying the latest fad, it may be more effective to understand how stress works and where it comes from, so that you can create your own methods for dealing with it.<p>Stress …

Right on banks, wrong on schools: “No Child Left Behind wasn’t designed for the types of realities in my school”

A congressman says even progressive Democrats fall for “accountability,” over-testing and phony education “reform”<p>Progressive Democrats are right to hail the new populism in their party driving the debate about the nation's economic policies and the atrocious inequality those policies have created. …

12 Scientifically Proven Habits That Will Change Your Life | Inc.com

Research says the best way to bring change into your life is by creating new routines and sticking to them until they become habits.<p>The way to make sure we cultivate the new behavior is to reward ourselves. With motivation, we repeat the action again and again until it becomes ingrained.<p>How you go …

Self-improvement

Why so many teachers quit, and how to fix that

Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17% of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high in poor, urban schools, where on average about a fifth of the entire …

12 Hidden Gifts of Not Pursuing Happiness

<i>“We need much less than we think we need.” —Maya Angelou</i><p>Life is difficult.<p>And so it is only natural for you as a human to gravitate towards happiness.<p>…

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The 15 best apps for keeping your life in order

These apps aren't like that. They will help you remember everything from your keys, to your bills, to where you first met someone. They can even improve your memory.<p>Taken together, these 15 apps tackle forgetfulness through all different parts of your life.

The GOP debate: Education policy predictions | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

At last, Judgment Day is upon us. Though it seems like only yesterday Fordham was hailing the results of the 2014 midterm elections, we’re now in the …

Government

VAM lawsuit in New York state: Here's why the entire education reform movement is watching the case.

Sheri Lederman has taught elementary school in Great Neck, New York, for 18 years. She had always been “highly regarded as an educator” (her …

School Reform: Does Something Smell Rotten?

The American Revolution ultimately came together with the widespread distribution of a pamphlet that spoke truth about power. Tonight, August 14, is the start of a public awareness campaign to take a close look at the school reform movement through a modern day equivalent of Thomas Paine's <i>Common</i> …

Were teacher shortages and eliminating credentials and veteran quality teachers the reform goal all along?

<i>Indiana Governor Mike Pence.</i><p>Today The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss writes about Indiana’s teaching shortage.<p>What’s going on? Pretty much the …

Carson, Fiorina seek to turn summer of Trump into August of outsiders

<b>Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) —</b> On the debate stage and in television interviews, Ben Carson's often deadpan delivery lacks the energy of his Republican rivals.<p>But on the stump, Carson comes alive.<p>The retired neurosurgeon-turned-presidential aspirant has slowly marched into the top tier in recent national …

Sanders takes Black Lives Matter activist up on offer to talk racial justice

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted on Monday that he would meet with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson and others to discuss his racial justice platform.<p>”.@BernieSanders, the first draft of your racial justice platform has promise. When will you be available to discuss …

Pencils down: More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hey, high schoolers, scared of bombing on the SATs and not getting into college? Don’t worry, a growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission.<p>Washington, D.C.’s George Washington University last month joined more than 850 U.S. …

I am 16 and the education system is destroying my health

Breathe in. Breathe out.<p>The strings that hold you together are loosening. You feel what’s going on in your body without being able to control it. Your breathing speeds up. Every sense heightened, your entire body shakes. Pins and needles are running marathons up and down your limbs. It hurts. …

Mental Health

5 Big Ideas That Don't Work In Education

There are few household names in education research. Maybe that in itself constitutes a problem. But if there was an Education Researcher Hall Of Fame, one member would be a silver-haired, plainspoken Kiwi named John Hattie.<p>Hattie directs the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University …

Pedagogy