Is Algebra Necessary? Revealing Real-World Applications

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In response to political scientist Andrew Hacker’s New York Times (NYT) op-ed essay “Is Algebra Necessary?,” NYT's Learning Network blog identifies at least nine...

What Makes a Turnaround Effort Stick?

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Last week, the Institute of Education Sciences' Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools project released results from their four interconnected longitudinal studies of 750 chronically...

More States Mandate Bullying Policies

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This is the first school year that Michigan schools are required to have antibullying policies in place. Last week's most-clicked article profiles policy and practice...

13 Books to Build Classroom Community

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It's no surpise that Book Whisperer (and Nerdy Book Clubber!) Donalyn Miller's post, "Books That Build Community," was last week's most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief article. In...

Tips for Better Classroom Rule-Setting

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Establishing classroom rules is an important part of establishing expectations for your classroom at the beginning of the school year. But, writes Nancy Flanagan...

Object Writing in Any Classroom

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In one of last week's most-clicked education stories, three teachers took a 30-day challenge to spend 10 minutes every day writing about 1 of 10 preselected objects.  Through...

Four Ways Play Inspires Learning

In last week's most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief story, veteran educator David Warlick identifies four qualities of gaming and social networking experiences that provoke active and...

How Can We Make Our School Better?

Last spring, Howe High School, a school of 147 students in rural Howe, Okla., embarked on schoolwide project-based learning (PBL), asking students to innovatively answer, "How can we make...

What Does it Mean to Be Skilled in the 21st Century?

 A new report from the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science in Washington aims to clarify what "deeper learning" and "21st Century...

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