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The Surprising Impact That Common Core Is Already Making On Schools

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To keep up with the demands of the new Common Core curriculum standards, teachers have made major changes to their lesson plans and the instructional materials they use. Principals aren’t getting much push-back from parents about the switch to Common Core. And the number of students reaching proficiency on the [...]

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Colleges Where Black Lives Matter Most All Year Long

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For young people of African heritage, as well as other students from different backgrounds—because HBCUs also value diversity—these colleges can be well worth a look, especially by those who want to make sure the historic accomplishments of African Americans are honored and used as inspiration every month of the year, not just February.

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How Do We Know The New SAT Will Be Any Better Than The Old SAT?

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The new SAT test rolls out this Saturday. The mandatory essay is history. Tricky vocabulary is supposedly gone. No more points off for wrong answers. Polynomials, however, are forever. My daughter, a high school junior, was one of the last students to take the old SAT. That version was supposed to [...]

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Report: Science Knowledge Gaps in Kindergarten Harm Students' Academic Futures

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Report: Science Knowledge Gaps in Kindergarten Harm Students' Academic Futures
A majority of low-income and minority kindergarteners come in with poor general science knowledge — and closing that gap may be crucial for ensuring academic success later on.

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One Philanthropist's Approach To Helping The Students Of Rural America

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Since 2001, 250 low- or modest-income Lenfest Scholars have started college. All but two have graduated or are on track to do so. More than 50 have attended Ivy League institutions and earned advanced degrees. Nationally, only 21 percent of graduates of low-income rural high schools who go on to college graduate in six years. This Pennsylvania-based program is an enormous success—and an important one. It’s a remarkable example for other philanthropists: To believe in the young, invest in them, and support their freedom.

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Four Steps to Raise a Creative Teaching Force

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When a student fails, it’s the teacher’s fault. When a child misbehaves – it’s the teacher’s fault. And when the economy fails, that too is considered to be the teacher’s fault. Is my latter statement an exaggeration? Maybe. But it reflects the plight of teachers. Teachers around the world are under fire [...]

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10 States Millennials Will Have Most Impact For 2016 Election

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Super Tuesday, the grandest primary prize of the election thus far is fast approaching. Nominations are imminent, so NPR revisited the recurring question: how important are young voters? According to census data, millennials are now the largest voting demographic, now outnumbering the baby boomer generation. Yet in the last election, [...]

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You're Fired: Tips For Millennials To Get Back On Their Feet

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Being fired from your job can be a traumatic life event, but it is not necessarily your failure. Whether your firing was fair, unjust, or somewhere in between, it is your responsibility to self-assess and muster up the strength to get back into the workforce. Here are some tips to make it a little easier.

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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing

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Students In Context: Assessing The High School Transcript And Profile

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When we talk about college admission, we usually focus onthe application and the sequence of events leading up to it. However, otheringredients in the mix often getoverlooked: the applicant's high school profile and transcript As much as colleges need to know about the students, they also need to know theircontext [...]

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Nobody Told Him How to Take a Cellphone Away from a Kid

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Ed Boland was an executive at an education not-for-profit. He says he wanted to be an urban hero teacher, just like the ones he saw in the movies. Boland was recently featured in the New York Times, the New York Post, and on National Public Radio. He was promoting his book "The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School." After all, Boland must be an expert on the problems facing urban schools. He was an accidental tourist in one for a full school year while he was researching his book.

Boland says he became a teacher because he "wanted to work on the "front lines." He was going to "turn a kid around." But it sounds like from the interviews about his book that he gave up after day five.

Who does he blame for his failure? Not the students. They are victims of poverty and dysfunctional schools. He was a victim of graduate schools. According to Boland, "Of all the hours I was at graduate scho…

The Real Debate On Education: Dinesh D'Souza Vs. Bill Ayers

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Those of us who follow education have been waiting for the topic to come up at one of the many, many presidential debates. There's been talk of “free” college among the Democrats, but theissues of school choice, vouchers, Common Core, charter schools, standardized testing and teacher evaluations have been almost [...]

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NPR News: When Integrating A School, Does It Matter If You Use Class Instead of Race?

When Integrating A School, Does It Matter If You Use Class Instead of Race?
Several recent integration efforts focus more on family income diversity as the driver of integration. The potential benefits of a diverse environment are striking, but they don't come guaranteed.

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Colleges Admit Quiet Students, Too

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Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking captures a dilemma that can impact the college admissions process....What of the quiet, those young people who don’t raise their hands all the time or call attention to themselves in one way or another?

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It'll Take More Than Handcuffs To Stop Teachers Leaving

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Forcing teachers to work in publicly-funded schools for a minimum period after training may help delay their departure, but it will not cancel their flight.

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NPR News: #OscarsSoWhite? Not At This School

#OscarsSoWhite? Not At This School
Ahead of the Oscars, school kids on Milwaukee's west side decided to pay tribute to African-American cultural icons in their own awards ceremony.

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The Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost In The Great University Blunder

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There was a time when a university degree was a virtual passport to success, but a generation is now realizing that they have been hoodwinked and all that higher education has given them is a hefty bill.

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How To Create The Coaching Habit

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A friend of mine was recently reading a book when she posted an observation onto social media. “Irony: Buying a book to help simplify and organize only to get bogged down in the weight of the information it contains. Next step, the recycle bin...” I chuckled. No book [...]

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Your Debt Sentence

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Does $58,583 have any meaning for you? It should. That's your share of the gross outstanding federal debt. Don't fall into your own "debt sentence." Follow four easy steps to reduce your monthly debt bill.

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Building the Case for Skill-Based Education

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Although it has been several years since the global financial meltdown of 2008 – which saw stock markets throughout the word crash and hundreds of thousands of people lose their jobs – unemployment in the United States remains persistently high. A carpenter carries lumber inside a house under construction in Peoria, [...]

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NPR News: Take NPR Ed's Survey ... Please!

Take NPR Ed's Survey ... Please!
Have story ideas for us? Like what you're reading? Want something different? Here's your chance to let us know.

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Student Question | Have You Ever Been Humiliated by a Teacher? How Did it Affect You?

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Living On A Prayer: The Prudential Center Rocks As Seton Hall Eyes 1st NCAA Tournament Since 2006

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On November 11, 2007, the Seton Hall men's basketball team moved into Newark's 18,711 seatPrudentialCenter. Since then, almost nothing has gone right for the team. That was, of course, until last night. With last night's resounding 70-52 victory over Providence University (19-9, 7-8 Big East), the Seton Hall Pirates (20-7, 10-5 [...]

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Bill And Melinda Gates Have Educational Superpowers

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People who want to change the world better be able to communicate their idea effectively.

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It's No Wonder Teachers Are Queueing Up To Leave - They Can't Afford To Stay

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A brain drain of teachers in search of a better life is exacerbating an existing recruitment crisis.

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Our Third Annual Student Editorial Contest: Write About an Issue That Matters to You

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University Of Missouri Fires Professor Melissa Click Over 'Dangerous Conduct'

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VideoThe University of Missouri has fired Melissa Click, the communications professor who used strong-arm tactics on a student journalist who was armed with a video recorder and then watched her career disintegrate when the videofrom the encounter went viral last November. The Board of Curators cited her “dangerous conduct” in calling [...]

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NPR News: Where's The Color In Kids' Lit? Ask The Girl With 1,000 Books (And Counting)

Where's The Color In Kids' Lit? Ask The Girl With 1,000 Books (And Counting)
Eleven-year-old Marley Dias went on a quest to collect and donate 1,000 books with a black girl as the main character. Spoiler alert: She did really well.

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Negotiating the Nonnegotiable - The world exploded -- and You haven't even heard about it....

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Negotiate the Nonnegotiable... Dr. Daniel Shapiro

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3 Online Education Trends That Will Shape How You Hire In 2016

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Four years after the first massive open online courses appeared, online learning is becoming part of the fabric of both student and professional life. 2016 will be a crucial year in the development of this powerful new tool.

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10 Business Storytellers Who Win Hearts And Minds

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Thawing from a Long Winter in Computer Science Education

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While the market need to teach computer science skills is undeniable and while equity demands giving all students the opportunity to learn them, operationalizing this kind of education for all learners requires careful planning and execution. Under the leadership of Jan Cuny and others, the National Science Foundation has focused on curricula in secondary schools, including Advanced Placement (AP) and pre-Advanced Placement classes, as well as incorporating computer science in K-12 science classes and researching assessment in the field. Young students in grades K-6 should learn the basic ideas in computing and how to solve problems computationally. Students in grades 6-8 should progress to more complex computer science concepts and should learn about the people who have made computing possible to pique career interests.

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Seven Ways To Prep Just Before A Speech

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These tips will help you get your last-minute charisma in gear.

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U.S. Health, Wealth, and Education Gaps Grow

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Most current high school seniors will be eligible to vote for President in November. U.S. "gaps" in health, wealth, and education are topics they should be exploring in social studies classes to help them make informed choices.

Most of the candidates in the Republican and Democratic Presidential primaries look for scapegoats to blame, claim they can govern better or smarter, promise to make America great again, or play ostrich with its head in the sand ignoring real problems altogether. Meanwhile United States wealth, health, and education gaps continue to grow. The one candidate who acknowledges the growing gaps and calls for direct government action to address inequality is dismissed as impractical. But practical solutions may not be answers at all.

The inequality numbers in the United States are striking.

In a recently released study, economics at the Brookings Institute reported that the longevity gap between richer and poorer is growing at a more rapi…

NPR News: Fixing A Broken Freshman Year: What An Overhaul Might Look Like

Fixing A Broken Freshman Year: What An Overhaul Might Look Like
Most people who drop out of college drop out the first year, and, so far, interventions haven't done much to change that. Now, campuses are coming together to try something new.

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Student Question | Is Social Media Making Us More Narcissistic?

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Our 100 Most Popular Student Questions for Debate and Persuasive Writing

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SAPVoice: Stepping Stones Helps Botswana Youth Achieve a Sustainable Future

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The village of Mochudi, Botswana is almost 7,700 miles from my home town in the United States, and about a million miles away in terms of opportunities for young people intent on earning a living. Last week, along with the rest of my SAP Social Sabbatical team, I was privileged [...]

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NPR News: Public Universities Struggle Without State Aid Amid Illinois Budget Crisis

Public Universities Struggle Without State Aid Amid Illinois Budget Crisis
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner challenged Democratic state lawmakers last week to either agree on parts of his so-called turnaround agenda or give him the ability to slash spending deeply in his budget address. But it appears to not have moved anyone off their hard line positions. Illinois is now approaching eight months without a budget. State colleges say they can't budget plan, and some students say they can't afford to continue classes. Lawmakers passed funding grants for low-income students, but Rauner vetoed the bill.

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Sports Broadcasting 101: Breaking Into The Business Of Sports Media

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VideoSo you want to be a sports broadcaster? While the majority of us may not have the raw athletic prowess necessary to become a professional athlete, it doesn't mean we can't become the talent on the sidelines and inside the broadcast booth reporting on the sports we love. As the [...]

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Nike Billionaire Phil Knight And Stanford Unveil $750 Million Scholarship Program

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Nike cofounder Phil Knight personally gave $400 million in cash to the new program.

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Why It's Best To Take Tests Early In The Day

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New research finds that students perform best on tests at the start of the school day. And for every hour later in the day, their tests scores decrease, due to cognitive fatigue.

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NPR News: Nike Co-Founder Donates $400 Million To Stanford University

Nike Co-Founder Donates $400 Million To Stanford University
The gift is one of the largest ever from an individual donor to a university. It will support a new major scholarship program aimed at tackling the world's biggest problems.

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Where Can You Keep Up With Management Ideas?

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Over the past 94 years, the Harvard Business Review has become a must-read for anyone keen on keeping up with the latest management thinking. Covering a wider range of topics form leadership and organizational change to marketing and managing people, the magazine has brought the thinking of Peter Drucker, Michael [...]

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Weekly News Quiz | Feb. 16-22, 2016

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Student Question | Should We Think Twice Before Buying Online?

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A Global Marketplace For Online Education In India

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It’s a concept almost reminiscent of one of the bustling stops on the ancient Silk trading route that connected the east to the west – marketplaces filled with eager participants from all walks of life purchasing goods from around the world. Except the platform is a little different: Canadian company SKILLSdox has taken their marketplace online, and they’re looking at millions of students ready to tap into a wealth of global educational courses right accross India.

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JPMorgan ChaseVoice: From Sea Turtles To Skills Training: Local Youth Gain Job Experience At Shedd

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Chicago's beloved Shedd Aquarium opened on May 30, 1930, as the first inland aquarium with both salt- and fresh-water habitats. Since then, the Aquarium has expanded its offerings to include community outreach and education initiatives, and now functions as a vital landmark in the community, with nearly two million visitors from around the world each year.

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NPR News: Coaches Defend University Of Tennessee Amid Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Coaches Defend University Of Tennessee Amid Sexual Assault Lawsuit
At the University of Tennessee Tuesday, 16 of the university's head coaches held a rare joint press conference. They defended the university in the wake of a federal sexual assault lawsuit.

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The @GatesFoundation's annual letter is out. What's your #SuperpowerForGood? https://t.co/YW74o7bNGNhttp://pic.twitter.com/csJWgkoGYC — Khan Academy (@khanacademy) February 23, 2016

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Sal dives into Bill Gates's energy equation from this year's @GatesFoundation letter: https://t.co/eBkROizd0Chttp://pic.twitter.com/3kaThYbGXd — Khan Academy (@khanacademy) February 23, 2016

Tech's Vast, Surprising Debt To A Harvard Classics Major

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Some tech champions can't stand the liberal arts. They're sawing off the legs of their own stool, overlooking the contributions of people like Tim O'Reilly, a Harvard classics major whose training guides have helped countless engineers.

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