Do You Care Enough to Save a Life?

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As a turnaround principal of a high school in Washington, D.C, I lost more students to violence than I ever would have imagined. After losing...
Creating Authentic and Powerful Lessons

Creating Authentic and Powerful Learning Experiences

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By Josh Zagorski  It is a cold, damp Friday, October 31st, 2014. In schools throughout the state, school staffs at all levels are working hard...

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...

The Overpressured Student

Do some students get the message that their only value is their ability to achieve academically? When do high expectations cross the line? "The Overpressured...

Are We Putting Kids in a Box or a Rocket?

My 4-year-old loves to read David Shannon's Too Many Toys. In it, Spencer has too many toys, and Mom wants to clear out all...

Preparing Next-Generation Citizens with iCivics

In a world of growing narcissism in which most of us visit only those websites that reflect our own values back to us, we...

After the Silence

While at least momentarily, time stands still in Blacksburg, Virginia, school routines continue for parents, students, and educators across the country. And yet, school...

Humanizing STEM: A Different Kind of Relevance

For the last two years I've been deeply involved in the national movement to align K-12 schooling more tightly with the competitive interests of...

Too Much Focus on Students’ Weaknesses?

Are teachers focusing too much on struggling students' weaknesses instead of their strengths? That's what Yvette Jackson, chief executive officer of the National Urban...

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