The Super Bowl of EDU: Seattle vs. Boston

Tyler Reed  January 23rd, 2015 

Super Bowl Sunday is just over a week away. And while most people are talking about how the Patriots stack up against the Seahawks (and who's to blame for #DeflateGate),...

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How preschool can help our most vulnerable children

Suzanne McCabe  January 21st, 2015 

Most experts say that children benefit from “quality” instruction at an early age. But as preschool programs around the country expand, questions are being raised about...

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School building leaders to gather in Nashville next month for first-ever Principal Academy

Lois Bridges  January 20th, 2015 

Even though she was surrounded by 4,200 students and dozens of faculty and staff every day on the job, former Brockton High School Principal Sue Szachowicz often felt...

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What I learned from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert L. Green  January 15th, 2015 

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a tremendous impact on my life. I learned so much from him during the course of my work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

A teacher’s guide to professional learning

Kim Greene  January 12th, 2015 

In a recent meeting among Instructor magazine’s editors, we talked about the difference between the terms “professional development” and “professional learning.”...

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Four things educators should know about Scholastic's Kids & Family Reading Report

Francie Alexander  January 9th, 2015 

Every other year, Scholastic surveys children and their parents on their attitudes and behaviors towards reading.

In math classrooms, try using student responses for instruction

Mary Mitchell  January 7th, 2015 

One way savvy math teachers help students build up their understanding of math concepts is through discussion in the classroom. But how do you ignite those conversations...

Focus on the three Cs for a bright new year: Children, community and communication

Cindy Marten  January 6th, 2015 

While I’m not typically a resolution-maker, there’s something about a new year that invites reflection. As I contemplate what I want to accomplish in 2015, rather than...

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Five New Year’s resolutions every principal should make

Eric Sheninger  January 5th, 2015 

Returning from the holiday break is the perfect time for principals to focus on solutions, view challenges as opportunities, and, in collaboration with key stakeholders,...

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Jump start your 2015 with a school- or district-wide needs assessment

Lois Bridges  December 31st, 2014 

A new year always holds the promise of a fresh start. Take full advantage of the changing calendar and consider how you might reinvigorate your district’s commitment to...

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Going back in time to Frank McCourt's classroom

Margery Mayer  December 29th, 2014 

This post first appeared on EdSurge on December 19, 2014 after editors asked education leaders to respond to college application-style essay prompts.

Our five most popular posts of 2014

Tyler Reed  December 23rd, 2014 

We've published to this blog 238 times this year (and counting!). As we near the end of 2014, I'm feeling thankful for the many people who have contributed to edu@...

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The state of blended learning -- 2014 edition

Parla Duman  December 19th, 2014 

By this time next week, many of us will be curled up at home with a hot cup of cocoa, enjoying a great book or a favorite holiday movie with our families. Don’t worry, we’...

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Five big education stories in 2014

Tyler Reed  December 15th, 2014  Comments • 1
We've had plenty to talk about in 2014 -- from Common Core to teachers unions to Chromebooks and blended learning. Here are five big education stories that kept my attention... Read more

Three ideas for boosting family engagement from Carmen Fariña

Alexandra Wladich  December 12th, 2014 

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña speak about the importance of family engagement. Every time I hear Chancellor Fariña...

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Five inspiring superintendents we met this year

Kim Greene  December 11th, 2014 

Whether we’ve met at conferences or talked by phone, the staff of Scholastic Administrator magazine has had the pleasure of crossing paths with many inspiring...

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Over $1 billion invested in early learning today

Tyler Reed  December 10th, 2014 

At a White House Summit on Early Education today, President Obama announced the recipients of two sets of federal grants targeting early learning. The grants come at a...

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Principles for principals -- lessons of leadership

Sue Szachowicz  December 9th, 2014 

As I began working with principals on school improvement, I found myself frequently repeating advice that was grounded in my many years of experience as principal of...

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On early learning: By the dawn’s early light

Pam Allyn  December 8th, 2014  Comments • 1

This is a momentous time for young children. As we close in on the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year, I feel encouraged and excited by many of the initiatives...

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Getting to an equation that works

David Dockterman  December 3rd, 2014 
We’re in trouble. Math defines the algorithms that increasingly drive our lives. Recommendations for what to watch, read, eat, and buy come from analyses of the data

What's your school's DNA? Using data to drive innovation

Bill Daggett  December 1st, 2014  Comments • 1

Powerful, innovative learning environments don’t just spring into being—they are the product of strong leadership, intentional, focused planning, and purposeful, aligned...

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I was a fixed mindset and I didn’t even know it

Anne Sparkman  November 24th, 2014 

Following the education dialogue in America will every once in a while bring me to reflect on my own days as a student. Like most of us, I immediately draw upon memories...

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Getting kids thinking like investigative reporters

Tyler Reed  November 20th, 2014 

I've spent my morning and evening commutes this week getting caught up on the Serial podcast, which just about everyone, it seems, is listening to.

How I elevate learning through play

Michelle Colte  November 17th, 2014 

Michelle Colte of Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, HI was named the inaugural School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in September 2014....

Do we need standardized tests? A. Yes; B. No; C. Sometimes (explain)

Suzanne McCabe  November 13th, 2014  Comments • 1

Will the new Common Core assessments serve as effective learning tools? Or will they exacerbate the "teaching to the test" anxiety that permeates many classrooms?