Naseem Poshtkouhi

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Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.<p>But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff".<p>There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. …

Pedagogy

How Education Policy Went Astray

Half a century ago, President Johnson signed a law—now known as No Child Left Behind—that he believed would solve inequality. But achievement gaps have only grown.<p>Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson went back to his old schoolhouse next to the Pedernales River in Stonewall, …

4 Ways to Wear a Scarf on Your Head This Spring

As we just got done telling the boys, scarves aren’t just a winter accessory. In fact, some of our favorite pieces are made for spring: those silky, airy, lightweight ones that feel more luxurious than layer-heavy. And those scarves aren’t just reserved to be tied around your neck. They can also be …

Exposing the charter school lie: Michelle Rhee, Louis C.K. and the year phony education reform revealed its true colors

<b>Arne Duncan, Louis CK, Michelle Rhee (AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Mary Altaffer/FX)</b><p>Charter schools promised new education innovations. Instead, they produced scam after new scam<p>Jeff Bryant<p>January 1, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Since it’s the time of the year when newspapers, websites and television talk shows scan …

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – Part Two

Another day, another year-end annual “Best” list (you can find all 1,400 Best lists here).<p>You might also be interested in:<p>Here are my choices for The …

What Your Old Graphing Calculator Says About Technology

Come with me back to teenagedom in 1999. You listened to Offspring (or the Backstreet Boys) on CDs inside a Discman. You made calls on a landline, which you probably just called "the phone." It's possible you had a beeper. You dialed up to the Internet on a desktop computer. The Playstation was the …

Play-based Professional Learning Connects Classroom Teachers with Community Educators

“The teachers… go through 12, 23 years of schooling and now everything has changed.”<p>In the afterschool space, a new breed of professional development …

What's Behind the Falling Latino Dropout Rates?

Something is afoot in the education of Latinos.<p>Consider these facts:<p>_ The Hispanic dropout rate, 14 percent, is the lowest it’s been in three decades and has been cut in half since 2000.<p>_ About a fourth of the people who took the GED test in 2013 were Latino, the largest share since 2003.<p>_ The …

5 Tools to Combine With ThingLink for Creating Multimedia Collages

As I have written many times in the past, ThingLink is one of my favorite tools for playing with media. Last week I published a video about using …

The Wind Farm of the Future Might Be Underwater

We've harnessed the power of the wind and the sun; the next step might be the tides.<p>Off the coast of Scotland, in the choppy sound between Caithness and the Orkney Islands, you can find some of the fastest-flowing marine waters in the world. The tides of the Pentland Firth can churn at rates of up …

ADHD Is Different for Women

The standard conception of the disorder is based on studies of "hyperactive young white boys." For females, it comes on later, and has different symptoms.<p>This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When you live in total squalor—cookies in your pants drawer, pants in your cookies drawer, and …

ISIS: A Short History

The terrorist group's evolution from fervid fantasy to death cult<p>The Sunni militants who now threaten to take over Iraq seemed to spring from nowhere when they stormed Mosul in early June. But the group that recently renamed itself simply “the Islamic State” has existed under various names and in …

The Ultimate Demise of Common Core - Part I: The Politics

There isn't anything in recent educational history that has caused more of a stir than the implementation of national Common Core standards in most states. It seems that everyone from politicians to parents has an opinion on these learning benchmarks and their corresponding testing systems. Even …