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Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken …


College Admissions, Frozen in Time

Let’s consider, just for a minute, the toad. Go on, imagine one sitting right there, all lumpy and leathery-skinned. To understand the …

College & University

Kid who got in to every Ivy League school is going to the University of Alabama — and it's a brilliant decision

High-school senior Ronald Nelson had an incredibly hard decision to make this year about college — mainly because he got into all eight Ivy League universities.

In the end, he decided on the University of Alabama and rejected offers from all eight Ivy League schools.

Nelson also rejected offers from …

College & University

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion | TED-Ed

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UC financial aid for out-of-state students a surprise to many

In 18 years as a college counselor in Santa Fe, Jennifer Dryfoos has sent many students to the University of California. But for the first time this …

College & University

Students are asked to demonstrate more interest in colleges than just applying

INDIANAPOLIS — Some high school counselors are worried about another college admissions hurdle students have to clear: repeatedly showing interest in …

College & University

Kawai on Twitter

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What Should Students Learn For the 21st Century? Redesigning Standards for a 21st Century Education - Independent Ideas Blog

​Many have addressed how present and future students should learn. Few have examined what students should learn for the 21st century. The what …

21st Century

What Should a Currency Be Worth? No One Knows

Legislation that targets currency manipulation might make or break U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature Pacific trade deal. But calling out offenders for currency transgressions is far from a clear-cut exercise.

U.S. lawmakers, companies and unions are trying to use pending trade legislation to …

World Politics

The In-State Tuition Break, Slowly Disappearing

A few weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the latest Disney movie. Because it was early in the afternoon, and my daughter is 5, I expected to get a significant discount on the price of our tickets. The electronic ticket kiosk had other intentions. “1 Adult: $11.00” and “1 Child: $10.00.”

It turned …


Common Application makes changes for 2015-16. Here they are. - The Washington Post

(Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly suggested that Mills College was in danger of closing. Mills College says that is incorrect and it has been removed from the post.)

The college admissions season never actually starts and ends because it is always ongoing for one group of …


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 6 Models of Blended Learning Teachers Should Know About

May 16, 2015
In its basic and simplest definition, blended learning is an instructional methodology, a teaching and learning approach that combines …


Harvard Faces Admissions Bias Complaint From Asian-Americans

A coalition of more than 60 Asian-American groups filed a federal discrimination complaint against Harvard University, claiming racial bias in …


Buckle Up — Curves Ahead

Thinking critically about the future is a mainstay of best practice in any organization, and an important aptitude for school leaders. Increasingly, …


Why my students’ AP scores matter. And why they don’t. | NBPTS

Editor's Note: Ray Salazar, NBCT, teaches high school English in Chicago Public Schools and is an award-winning blogger. The views expressed in this


Avoiding "Learned Helplessness"

We all have students that just want to "get it right." We all have students that constantly seek the attention of the teacher. "Did I get this …


Chicago Fed Says Natural Jobless Rate At Or Under 5%, Will Fall Further Over Time

NEW YORK—Economists at the Chicago Fed argue in a new paper the U.S. economy remains even farther from a truly hot labor market than many central bankers think.

The economy’s so-called natural unemployment rate likely lies at or below 5%, and it will go even lower over time, the analysts say in a …

Jobless Rate


Part of our ongoing series of conversations with thinkers and activists on education issues

In a year in which we’re exploring great teaching, it’s a …


Unless You Are Spock, Irrelevant Things Matter in Economic Behavior

Early in my teaching career I managed to get most of the students in my class mad at me. A midterm exam caused the problem.

I wanted the exam to sort out the stars, the average Joes and the duds, so it had to be hard and have a wide dispersion of scores. I succeeded in writing such an exam, but when …


How to Persuade Admitted Students to Enroll: Try Everything

Dozens of high-school seniors and their parents have arrived on the campus at a make-or-break moment for Ohio Wesleyan University. It’s late April, …

College & University

Behind The Numbers: Scoring on the SAT Score - The Numbers - WSJ

Professional test-prep courses are time-consuming and expensive, but if they significantly boost a student’s SAT score, they might be worth it for those who can afford the coaching.

The SAT has changed significantly over the years, and the test will be revamped again in 2016. Academic studies of the …


Colleges Launch Food Pantries to Help Low-Income Students

DAVIS, Calif.—For several months last year, between her classes at the University of California campus here, Sierra Henderson stopped in at a tiny basement room to pick up free canned vegetables, pasta and cereal.

“If the pantry wasn’t here I might have had to consider taking time off school to work …


3 Key Findings About College Admissions

If your vice president for enrollment looks haggard these days, maybe it’s because the percentage of accepted applicants who enroll keeps going down, …

College & University

The Big Problem With the New SAT

AT first glance, the College Board’s revised SAT seems a radical departure from the test’s original focus on students’ general ability or aptitude. Set to debut a year from now, in the spring of 2016, the exam will require students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of subjects they study in …


Four Common Sense Tenets of Brain-Based Learning

Minds-On Learning
April 23, 2015 | Volume 10 | Issue 16
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Four Common Sense Tenets of Brain-Based Learning

Lisa Schopf

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Blended Learning: 3 Stories of Success

Many educators and school leaders are ready to move from the “why” do blended learning to the “how” to do blended learning. While our blended …


Forget Harvard: Here's Where To Go To College If You Want A High-Paying Job

Prestige isn't everything.

Want a prestigious education? Harvard, Yale, and Princeton are the way to go. But if you're looking for a high-paying career after graduation, you may want to look elsewhere.

A new study from the the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program ranks two- and four-year colleges …


Smith College will accept transgender applicants who identify as women

Smith College's board on Saturday approved an admissions policy that explicitly welcomes applications from transgender people who identify as …


Outside the Skinner Box

​The phrase “technology and education” usually means inventing new gadgets to teach the same old stuff in a thinly disguised version of the same old


Do SAT Prep Courses Help Test Takers? - WSJ

By the end of this weekend, thousands of high-school students will have taken the SAT, that nerve-racking, four-hour exam used by colleges and universities to screen applicants.

The best preparation, of course, is to have paid attention in school, studied hard and learned the material. But many …