Christopher Downing

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Growth Mindset | Growth Mindset Programs

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How Video Games and Social Media Fuel Students' Passion for Art

“Art forms are fundamentally an expression of human nature, some of them become a formalized program, but most of them emerge outside of that,” …

Resetting the Benchmark with Assessments Tied to Common Core

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted in 45 states and have for the first time established clear, consistent and robust standards for …

Intentionally Successful: Improving Minority Student College Graduation Rates - The Education Trust

Employing new data reported to the U.S. Department of Education, The Education Trust finds encouraging news for those concerned about closing access …

Education

Doing More of What Works (and Less of What Doesn't)

<i>Every year The Education Trust identifies a handful of schools that are, as we say, dispelling the myth that schools can do nothing to help students overcome the barriers of poverty and discrimination. Last week I wrote about one of the schools Ed Trust honored last year, De Queen Elementary. Today</i> …

Education

Solving the Educational Paradox

Successful high-poverty schools have solved something that I call The Education Paradox, which goes like this:<p>We know from both research and common sense that good teachers are crucially important for children's education. But common sense also tells us that it is impossible for any one individual …

Education

LinkedIn thinks your 14-year-old needs a professional resume, and it’s right

When should kids start branding themselves for getting into college and, by extension, a job? At 14, apparently. LinkedIn announced yesterday that its new University Pages feature—which allows colleges some of the same networking and recruiting powers that employers hold on the site—will usher in …

College & University

A Look at the Common Core Curriculum

“What is common core curriculum? It means you will be much smarter when you’re a senior in high school,” fifth-grade teacher Donna Martinez tells her …

Teaching

Common Core: What Is A 'Complex Text' Anyway?

Last month I attended a training focused on teaching “complex texts” to address the Common Core Standards. Unfortunately, when I left the training I …

The Possibilities of Student Blogging

Step 4: Teach Quality Commenting Skills

Welcome to the fourth step in our free professional learning series on <b>class and student blogging</b>!<p><b>The aim of this step is to:</b><p>Explain how comments are …

A 12-Year-Old's Quest To Remake Education, One Arduino At A Time

Twelve-year-old electronics prodigy Quin Etnyre wanted to make education more fun. So he became a teacher.<p>Quin Etnyre walks to the front of a crowded room at Deezmaker 3D Printers and Hackerspace in Pasadena, California. He adjusts his laptop on the workbench, then looks up and addresses the class. …