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July 16, 2018
Meditation and mindfulness: How a Harlem principal solves conflict in her community
A Harlem principal describes the practices her community uses to improve self awareness and mindfulness.
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March 21, 2018
Elementary school teachers sometimes follow a class of students from year to year. New research suggests that’s a good idea.
A new study shows that students improve more on tests in their second year with the same teacher and the benefits are largest for students of color.
February 22, 2018
Abolish middle school? Not so fast, new study says.
Rigorous studies have suggested that scrapping traditional middle schools is good for students. New research says, hold on a second.
September 13, 2012
State releases roadmap for Common Core-aligned social studies
Social studies teachers who want to align their instruction to the Common Core have so far gotten only limited guidance: The new curriculum standards exist only for literacy and math, and a search of the city's resource library comes up bare. Now, they are getting a helping hand from the State Education Department, which today released a proposal for revising what is taught in social studies and when.
December 23, 2011
Ask an Expert: Should a fourth-grader have a cell phone?
Is it wise to buy a fourth-grader a cell phone for Christmas? A Colorado parent wants to know. Find out what these experts say to this very important question for the holiday season and beyond.
December 13, 2011
Ask an Expert: Tips for parents of early readers
Is your young son or daughter demanding to read challenging books on their own? Do you wonder if they're really getting it? Get some tips from this literacy expert on how to make sure comprehension is keeping pace with a desire to read.
October 26, 2011
Ask an Expert: Helping my grade schooler love writing.
A dad who loves the written word wonders how to spark that same passion in his fourth grade daughter. An expert provides some excellent tips.
September 12, 2011
Editor's blog: The joy of school gardens
This editor reflects on the positive effect the incredibly vibrant garden beds at her daughter's Boulder school have on her, the students, and staff. While she hasn't worked on the gardens, she has resisted the temptation to eat the low-hanging, plump, ripe fruits of someone's labor.
August 22, 2011
Study: In NYC, traditional K-5, 6-8 grade arrangements do worst
Graduating from one school to another for sixth grade is typical, but the arrangement is not ideal for student achievement. That's according to a new study the compared the varied pathways that city students took to eighth grade from 1995 to 2002. The report, "The Path Not Taken: How Does School Organization Affect Eighth-Grade Achievement?", was just released in the Summer 2011 issue of the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Led by Amy Ellen Schwartz and Leanna Stiefel at New York University, the researchers looked at "grade span paths," or the grade configurations of the schools that students attended on their way to eighth grade. With more than 900 elementary and middle schools, New York City boasted 28 different grade span paths during the period studied, the report notes, making it an ideal laboratory to study effects of school organization on student achievement. Looking at eighth-grade state and city test scores and controlling for a host of other factors, the researchers found that students who moved from K-4 schools to 5-8 schools and students who remained enrolled in a single K-8 school outperformed students who moved to middle school in sixth grade. But they couldn't conclude why those arrangements were more successful. "Our results suggest that changing school less frequently, changing schools at an earlier grade, a smaller size of the within-school cohort, and the stability of students’ peer cohorts are the most likely explanations for these positive performance differences," the researchers write.
August 15, 2011
Editor's blog: First day of school
This editor recounts her daughter's first day of fourth grade with a sense of melancholy - and hope. At day's end, all is well. Students are watching Mentos and Diet Coke explode in the grass. How are you helping your son or daughter deal with back-to-school anxieties? Post a comment.
August 4, 2011
More back-to-school prep tips for parents and kids
Yep, school's right around the corner. And here are more excellent tips to make sure you - and your children - are not only ready, but excited for a new year.
August 3, 2011
Find your school's 2011 CSAP results
With school starting right around the corner, check out the latest CSAP results in reading, writing, math and science for grades 3-10 to find out how your child's school fared. Overall, scores didn't change a whole lot.
July 18, 2011
Time to prep for a new school year
Only a few short weeks of summer left to enjoy. Is it too early to begin thinking about the beginning of a new school year? Your child might think so, but experts disagree. Now's a great time to begin prepping.
July 18, 2011
Encourage summer learning before the bell rings
It's hard to believe, but the end of of summer is in view. Looking for fun and rewarding activities for your children that also boost brain cells? Check out these tips, courtesy of the National PTA.
June 27, 2011
Editor's blog: Are your kids bored? Make a board game!
Is your child bored this summer? Make a board game! This editor can attest that this activity kept her 8-year-old daughter happy and engaged for hours. (Never mind the quick rule change when her mother won too many times in a row).
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