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Paying Kids To Learn

Education columnist, Jay Mathews in The Washington Post, discusses a controversial topic – paying kids for achievement. The idea always brings vehement reactions.

04/07/2014

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Men Making A Difference In Their Children’s Schooling

Men Making A Difference Day is a successful program Studies have shown that students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades, have better social skills and attend school more regularly.

10/21/2013

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Teachers Pay House Calls

Hundreds of teachers in D.C. will spend weekends and evenings this fall visiting homes of students in 43 schools hoping to improve academic achievement.

09/16/2013

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Brilliance Not Age-Related

Jack Andraka, at 14, began looking for a simple way to detect pancreatic cancer, motivated as I was by someone about whom he cared. It’s been successful in experiments but still needs validation.

09/24/2012

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Are Good Teachers Appreciated?

The New Teacher Project, “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools,” found that only 47% of high performing teachers were praised by their bosses for their good work.

08/20/2012

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A Major Step In Online Education

The recent leadership crisis at the University of Virginia, perceived as moving too slowly on digital progress, turned out to be faulty. The University just announced that it will be moving to online learning on a global scale.

07/23/2012

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No More ‘Borrowing’ In Math

As part of making math instruction become more rigorous, more precise terms are being used, words closer to their mathematical meanings and better able to translate into higher math.

05/28/2012

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Attacking Problems of Failing Schools

The American Federation of Teachers, usually focused on urban education, is leading a five-year effort to improve education in McDowell County, West Virginia.

01/03/2012

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Independent Bookstores Increase

Reading habits have changed and the American Booksellers Association, (ABA), an organization of independently owned bookstores, counts 1830 independent member stores, 400 more than in 2005.

09/07/2011

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School Districts Rethinking Zero-Tolerance

Denver and Los Angeles are rethinking zero tolerance policies after reports of severe punishments for youth misjudgments like carrying a toy gun.

06/15/2011

Using Little Red Riding Hood To Teach

The Washington Post describes an integrated approach to teaching that was piloted in 90 kindergartens across Montgomery County, Maryland. It is expected to be picked up nationwide.

01/18/2011

US Students Discover UK Colleges

According to The Washington Post, the number of US undergraduates at British schools rose 30% in five years to more than 3500 students, and in 2010, applications increased by 17%.

01/12/2011

High School Poker

Poker as a learning tool has been gaining attention since George Nesson formed the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society at Harvard, which now has chapters in several other colleges.

12/06/2010