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Obama ConnectED Initiative Aims To Get Classrooms Online

President Barack Obama imagines a country where teachers know what's happening in their students' brains.<p>He wants "teachers to have an ability to assess learning hour by hour and day by day," a senior White House official said Wednesday. "That vision ... is really not possible with the connectivity …

Senate Fails To Pass Bills That Would Have Kept Student Loan Interest Rates From Doubling

Dueling measures in the Senate would have kept interest rates on some student loans from moving from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, although the Republican and Democratic proposals failed to win 60 votes needed on to bring the measures to the floor. The failure means students are likely to face higher …

Six Big Tech Trends in Education to Follow

The presence of the Internet in students’ lives outside of school, and especially on mobile devices, is allowing for more online and blended learning …

Arne Duncan To Launch 'High School Redesign' Competition

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama promised to bring America's high schools into the future.<p>"I'm announcing a new challenge to redesign America's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy," Obama said at the time. "We'll reward …

10 Things Every Teacher Should Try This Summer

We all know the temptation to start planning for next year, but take a break from everything “teaching” for one week. Or two. Maybe an entire month. …

My First Writing Teacher -- Frank McCourt

My first encouragement to write came about in 1983 when I was a 30-year-old special education teacher at Seward Park High School on Grand Street in New York. I had just started teaching and had to take an after-school course on writing held every Tuesday on the second floor. It was a writing …

Young, black and buried in debt: How for-profit colleges prey on African-American ambition

Useless degrees are now too-good-to-be-true tickets to the American Dream — targeted at those who can’t afford it<p>There are a few dictums that have enjoyed pride of place in black American families alongside “Honor your parents” and “Do unto others” since at least Emancipation. One of them is this: …

Many Programs Meet New Evidence Standards

One of the most common objections to evidence-based reform is that there are too few programs with strong evidence of effectiveness to start encouraging schools to use proven programs. The concern is that it looks bad if a policy of "use what works" leads educators to look for proven programs, only …

Teach With Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom

Pick a Student<p>It's important that all students are held accountable during class discussions and everyone has a chance to speak his or her mind. …

Another Casualty of Excessive Testing: Great Teachers

Signs that standardized tests are overused and misused continue to emerge. State and local affiliates of Parents Across America host webinars on the ills of testing and "zombie" rallies, and parent members are opting increasing numbers of their children out of the tests. FairTest's National …