Phillip Casanares

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How can teachers encourage more girls to study mathematics?

Female candidates make up just 27% of further maths students, but many are unaware that it’s a requirement for Stem courses at top universities<p>Last week’s GCSE maths results – the first of the new and more challenging syllabus – show that boys have pulled further ahead of girls; 16.5% of male …

6 PD Reads You Shouldn’t Miss

In May we used our Facebook and Instagram feeds to ask, “What books would you recommend to your teacher friends this summer?” We expected to round up …

What Teens Want From Their Schools – by Amber M. Northern

Boredom. We’ve all experienced it many times. Though we tend to think of it as unpleasant but endurable and harmless tedium, some research now …

Pedagogy

Teachers Don’t Want All Of This Useless Data

I always thought the purpose behind student data was to help the teacher teach. But it has become an end to itself.<p>One of the most frustrating things I’ve ever been forced to do as a teacher is to ignore my students and concentrate instead on the data.<p>I teach 8th grade language arts at a …

Interactive Map: How Your State Is Implementing The Every Student Succeeds Act

<i>By The 74</i><p>The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The passage of ESSA turned control of the country’s K-12 education system back over to the states, giving local legislatures more flexibility surrounding decisions …

The Wizarding World Book Club from Pottermore

Join the official Wizarding World Book Club on Pottermore. Read along with the community, delve deeper into the Harry Potter stories and explore the …

Teaching

HELP! Me Unpack the Standards: A Framework for Teacher & Student Clarity

In just about any classroom I enter I notice a “Learning Objective” or “I Can” statement located at the front of the room. Sometimes this statement …

8 terrific learning podcasts for students

Bring fresh voices into the classroom with free, high-quality podcasts.<p>When podcasts first gained popularity in the early 2000s, they seemed to be a quaint throwback to radio. But that changed quickly as more and more people jumped in and started experimenting with the medium. Now, hits like Serial …

Teaching

The long game of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been pushing the expansion of school choice — alternatives to traditional public schools — for decades. You could say she has been playing a long game.<p>DeVos, a Michigan billionaire who has publicly called traditional public education a “dead end,” says all …

Education

Making Students Pledge To The Test

When it comes to the Big Standardized Tests, we know that one thing is important before all else― not the soundness of the questions or the validity of the test or the value of the scoring or the careful construction of questions that truly measure what they’re alleged to measure. No, only one …

Why We Should Care About The Education Of Other People’s Children

It is time to care about the education of other people’s children. Other people’s children are or will be our neighbors. Other people’s children – from almost anywhere in the United States and beyond – could end up as our coworkers. Other people’s children are tomorrow’s potential voters. How, …

Education

How To Avoid School Choice Accountability

After Betsy DeVos’s last round of Congressional obfuscation testimony, many folks are asking the same question as EdWeek ― “When Do Voucher Programs Allow Private Schools To Discriminate Against Students?” DeVos answered variations on the question with repetitions of one answer:<p><i>Schools that receive</i> …

We Can’t Wait: Solutions To K-12 Sexual Harassment And Assault

Sexual harassment and assault are forms of sex discrimination and they occur at alarming rates in K-12 schools. Recent reports like “Hidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP” and “Ending Sexual Harassment and Assault: Effective Measures Protect All Students” confirm just how rampant …

Help NPEAction Keep the Public Schools You Love Away from the Privatizers - NPE Action

We will be blunt. We need your help. NPE Action has less than $80,000 and that is not enough to do the work that is needed to save public …

Deductible

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered

Public schools are increasingly filled with black and Hispanic students, but the children identified as “gifted” in those schools are overwhelmingly white and Asian.<p>The numbers are startling. Black third graders are half as likely as whites to be included in programs for the gifted, and the deficit …

Demographics

The Good News About Educational Inequality

When inequality is the topic, it can seem as if all the news is bad. Income inequality continues to rise. Economic segregation is growing. Racial gaps in education, employment and health endure. Our society is not particularly fair.<p>But here is some good news about educational inequality: The …

Income Inequality

Teach for America’s presence in New York City hits 11-year low

The number of Teach For America recruits walking into New York City classrooms this fall is at its lowest point since at least 2005.<p>That’s according …

EdNext Podcast: Common Standards without Common Tests – by Education Next

The Common Core standards initiative was launched in 2009 but by the time new tests aligned with those standards were rolled out 4 to 5 years later, …

Education

Search

Preparing children for the future<p>How can we best prepare children for success in their lives and livelihoods? From hunter-gatherer societies to early …

Education

3 Things People Can Do In The Classroom That Robots Can't

How should schools best prepare kids to live and work in the second half of the 21st century?<p>In previous eras, the job of school was simple: Teach them math and reading skills. Have them learn some basic facts about the world.<p>Today the challenge is a lot different. Most people all over the world, …

Teaching

DNC Says Common Core Is a Third Rail

Photo credit: Ancheta Wis (CC-By-2.0)An email discovered among the correspondence that was part of the Wikileaks dump of hacked Democratic National …

Government

Think teachers can’t be fired because of unions? Surprising results from new study.

How many times have you heard it said it is impossible to fire a teacher with tenure?<p>Not only do politicians and policymakers say it, but, it turns out, so do people like Whoopi Goldberg. On her TV talk show “The View” in 2014, she said: “Parents are not going to stand for it anymore,” she said. …

Income Inequality

How Noise Pollution Impairs Learning

Studies suggest word acquisition and reading are more difficult in loud environments, and poor kids may suffer disproportionately.<p>One July afternoon in 1972, a team of psychologists took sound meters into the Bridge Apartments, a cluster of four high-rise buildings straddling Interstate 95 in …

Consciousness

Why New Technologies Often Don’t Help Students – by Thomas Arnett

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new …

Education Technology

Feds Try to Illegally Regulate State Education Standards

Bureaucrats manipulate a new law that was designed to reduce federal involvement in education.<p>In December of last year, President Obama signed the …

Education

Why the movement to privatize public education is a very bad idea

Samuel E. Abrams is the director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has written a new book, “Education and the Commercial Mindset,” that details how and why market forces have come to rise in public education and become …

Nonprofits