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Effective Schools

Research shows that districts and schools that successfully educate all students to be college and career ready share some common structures and …

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.<p>A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:<p>Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That's on par with nurses …

Teaching

How tall is Daniel Benzali

Daniel Benzali height is ft . cm tall. Discover more Celebrity Heights and Vote on how tall you think any Celebrity is!.Or in metric units, Daniel …

Celebrity Gossip

5 Awesome Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets Templates to Use With Students

Every day we are finding awesome uses for Google Apps, whether it’s collaboration, individual creation, or perhaps a mix of both. With the volume of …

Education Technology

Welcome Back Staff Letter 2016

Dear Colleagues:<br>It is my pleasure to welcome you back to the Somerville Public Schools for the 2016-2017 school year. It is my hope that you were …

The teacher pay gap is wider than ever: Teachers’ pay continues to fall further behind pay of comparable workers

Summary<b>What this report finds:</b> The teacher pay penalty is bigger than ever. In 2015, public school teachers’ weekly wages were 17.0 percent lower …

Standardized Testing

20 Best Chicken Soups Ever

Who doesn’t love a delicious bowl of hot soup? It’s healthy, it’s tasty, it’s good for you. And when it comes to chicken, well, we just love it.<p>So …

Cooking

The 9 Biggest Myths About Creativity You Should Never Believe

Here are nine things you were told about innovation and creativity. None of them are true--here's what the reality is.<p>The following beliefs are held firmly throughout corporate America, and I hear them all the time. They simply make sense to people, but they are not true. Here is why.<p>1. Innovation …

Innovation

Educating Our Low-Information Politicians About Education Policy

Over the course of the recently-concluded presidential primary season much digital ink was spilled over the fact that the candidates just weren't, to …

The new education reform lie: Denver is a cautionary tale, not a model, for urban school districts

The city has opened 27 new charters in the past five years. At least 40 percent are performing below expectations<p>Scott Gilpin works in advertising, so he's used to dealing with people in the promotions business. He's just not used to seeing them operating a local public school.<p>Gilpin lives in …

If You Struggle With the Implementation, Revisit the Why

I rarely meet teachers that are against doing what’s right for their students. Typically, when teachers are resistant, their experiences, beliefs and …

Education Technology

How chief information officers become chief innovation officers

In the early 1900s, large organizations needed another type of CEO: Chief Electricity Officer. Before there was an accessible and reliable power grid to plug into, organizations that needed electricity employed a CEO to make sure they had steady and cheap access to this vital commodity.<p>Given the …

Zen Shorts

By Jon J. Muth<p>Summary<p>Stillwater the panda moves into the house on the hill and shares valuable lessons with his new friends through classic Zen …

Seth's Blog

Human beings suffer from scope insensitivity.<p>Time and again, we're unable to put more urgency or more value on choices that have more impact. We …

French kids know how to play: American parents’ obsession with structured playtime is stifling our kids

I’ve seen parenting up close on both sides of the pond, and we could learn a lot from their refusal to micromanage<p>As the American mother of a 4-year-old girl, with a French husband, I’ve gotten a chance to see playtime from both sides of the pond. Over the years, I’ve also gained a new set of both …

Google acquires Synergyse, will integrate the Google Apps training service ‘later this year’

Google today announced it has acquired Synergyse, a Toronto-based startup that offers a training service specifically for Google Apps. The company plans to integrate Synergize Training, which requires a Chrome extension, into Google Apps “later this year.” Details of the deal were not …

Google Apps

How the Teacher Shortage Could Turn Into a Crisis

The winner of a $1 million prize honoring excellence in teaching set off shockwaves last year when she said that, given the current climate, she would not encourage people to consider teaching in public schools.<p>Perhaps that declaration, from veteran teacher Nancie Atwell, shouldn't have come as a …

Why Phones Don't Belong in School

A recent <i>Los Angeles Times'</i> article reveals that teachers across America must compete with students' phones for attention. Matt Miles, a high school teacher from Fairfax County, Virginia, says the problem is getting worse: "Whereas 5 years ago, I could quietly ask the one rebellious student to put …

A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

Bloodletting to keep the "humors" in balance was a leading medical treatment from ancient Greece to the late 19th century. That's hard to believe now, in the age of robot-assisted surgery, but "doctors" trusted lancets and leeches for centuries.<p>To Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, the college lecture is …

Pedagogy

Social Media Platform App

Social Media Publishing Simplified<p>Everypost makes it easy to curate visual content from a variety of sources, customize and schedule posts, and take …

Schools are finally teaching what kids need to be successful in life

Research shows that teaching kids things like perseverance and self-control can improve their health, academic achievement, and happiness in life.<p>But teaching character, or social and emotional learning, has proven dicey. The science was sometimes squishy, the curriculum often felt driven by those …

Pedagogy

A bunch of VCs went on a retreat. Here’s what happened.

This past weekend I had the good fortune of participating in the first Reboot VC Bootcamp. For those of you who don’t know Reboot, it’s a …

Pearson's Quest to Cover the Planet in Company-Run Schools

For decades, the major landmark of Balut, Tondo, a densely populated slum squeezed against Manila’s North Harbor, was a monumental pile of …

Malala Yousafzai

Why Your Tech-Obsessed Conference Presentation Stinks - and How to Make It Better - Cooper on Curriculum

Shares 47<p><i>This post was originally published on EdSurge.</i><p>In general, technology in the classroom is no longer a novelty, and solid pedagogy trumps …

Why Google's '20 Percent' Rule Is Actually Useless

Google is known for giving employees 20 percent of their time to be creative. So why doesn't it work?<p>A recent article in <i>Business Insider</i> caught my eyes: <i>The truth about Google's famous '20% time' policy</i>. In their 2004 IPO letter, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote: "We encourage our …

Sergey Brin

5 Ways You Can Encourage Your Kids to Become Innovators

Let's face it, school isn't always the best at nurturing creativity. Parents can step into the gap with these tips.<p>Of all the wildly popular TED talks out there, which one is the most viewed of all time? Sir Ken Robinson's classic entitled "Do schools kill creativity?"<p>That should tell you something …

Calling on my FMS parents this Sunday at 1:00. Luncheon with the principal @FMS_PrincipalU give your input on FMS https://t.co/BByCreXG8g

Stop Innovating in Schools. Please.

Too often when we talk about “innovation” in education, we point to that new set of Chromebooks or those shiny new Smartboards as examples of our …

Untranslatable Words: Mono No Aware, and the Aesthetics of Impermanence

Of all the intriguing concepts in my gathering of "untranslatable words," few are stranger or more alluring to me than those hailing from Japan. Okay, having read Edward Said, I'm wary of the risk of "orientalizing" this fascinating country, of romantically constructing it as the mystic "other." …