Give Students a Voice So They Can Improve Their Own School

Published by EducationNews.org — Working on a system to help troubled students stay in school, but be accountable to the community. Regina Winkfield, Principal of E-Cubed Academy in Providence, went into a minor tailspin when district budget cuts eliminated her Student Resource Officer (SRO).  Of course, SROs are a double-edged sword.  As police officers, carrying guns, they’re […]

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Dalhousie, A University With the Guts To Teach

Published by EducationNews.org — Restorative Justice has been tried, honed, and is now mature enough to weather the media onslaught. Our story takes place at top-ranked Dalhousie University in Canada.  A bunch of bad-boy dentistry students, in their 4th and last year of training, used an invitation-only Facebook page as their online men’s locker room.  Interspersed […]

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When Parents Separate, Family Courts Make Bad Situations Worse

Published by EducationNews.org — The legal system is about winning and losing, not about helping a broken family heal. A Chicago firefighter and the mother of their 10-year old daughter Alyssa agreed to live close to each other so Dad could see his child every day.  The extended family, especially two doting grandpas, wrapped themselves around the […]

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A Punitive Mindset Ruins Good Testing Data

Published by EducationNews.org — Standardized tests are fantastically useful.  But schools can’t be harangued, threatened or sanctioned into improvement. The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our standardized achievement testing, but in what we do with said testing.  Achievement data are fantastically useful.  These days virtually every industry collects and analyses the best information available to make smart […]

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Ask Kids Good Questions, Then Let Them Answer

Published by EducationNews.org — In conference, we understand why many parents want to speak for their kids.  But it’s very enabling. Today we’re in a conference with school staff, Mom, and her middle-school son who we’ll call Ryan.  Kids and their families come to conference when the youth’s behavior negatively affects the school community.  Conferences are structured meetings designed […]

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If Teachers Don’t Go To School, Why Should Kids?

Published by EducationNews.org — When lots of teachers are out, school can get chaotic. In Rhode Island, 55% of the teachers in high-poverty schools were absent 10 days or more during school year 2011-12.  RI’s was the highest rate in the nation, according to Equitable Access to Excellent Teachers, a set of U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) […]

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Schools Can Learn from Researchers’ Rat Park

Published by EducationNews.org — You want kids off drugs?  Give them places where they can run, swing, discover and have a blast with friends. British journalist Johann Hari definitely upended my assumptions in his piece The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think. Hari’s long personal relationship with addicts […]

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Bad Parenting Diseases Spread to Social Services

Published by EducationNews.org — Healthy autonomy is not learned in a day.  Parents need to start early. For years I cringed, watching my brother-in-law drive my super-athletic niece to her elementary school.  It was three blocks away, in safe, famously affluent Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside of D.C..  Not so long ago, kids walked to school.  […]

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Only 1 in 12 Kids Has Normal Balance and Core Strength

Published by EducationNews.org — Children are constantly in an upright position these days.  They’re not moving nearly enough, and that’s a problem. Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist.  A very worried occupational therapist. And who are they, anyway?  These therapists help kids (and adults) get over or mitigate the barriers to daily occupations — […]

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Beware Early Childhood ‘Education,’ Think Learning Instead

Published by EducationNews.org — There are times when school gets in the way of learning. From the President of the United States to the President of the Rhode Island Senate, early-childhood education is shaping up to be one of this year’s ed obsessions. We’ve been here before, of course.  Head Start, a signature program from the […]

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