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How to Be an Original Educator Marge Scherer Dare to Go First Shanna Peeples Small changes or large, someone must begin. The author asks, Why not you? Facing Resistance? Try a New Hat Bryan Goodwin You've heard of walking in others' shoes. Here's the research on why leaders need to get inside the heads of those they lead. The Power of Positive Regard Jeffrey Benson Simple, unearned acceptance is what every student yearns for. What It Takes to Get a Policymaker's Attention Celine Coggins Advocacy goes wrong or right depending on how you make your case. Snapshots: Teachers of the Year Naomi Thiers, Kim Greene, Laura Varlas and Deborah Perkins-Gough The 2016 National Teacher of the Year and three finalists tell what matters to them as teachers. How They Lead Kim Greene The WoLakota Project is just one of many that have sprung from the Teach to Lead pipeline. The Grow-Your-Own Imperative Dan Brown How the profession can encourage promising young recruits. The Many Roles of an Instructional Coach Heather Wolpert-Gawron From mentoring to publicizing, the instructional coach helps shape the school landscape. What Educators Need to Know about ESSA Maddie Fennell The new law offers new opportunities for teacher-led change. The Tug of War Between Change and Resistance Michael Murphy To help colleagues embrace a new idea, begin by studying the many origins of resistance. Project-Based Learning: 7 Ways to Make It Work Alison Zuniga and Thomas M. Cooper How one school addressed roadblocks and sustained its innovation. Hot Spots on the Bus … And Other Ways to Increase Digital Access Dale Ellis, Jeff James and April Daywalt A rural district charts a way to close the digital divide. Going to the Mat Michael Croy A principal finds that yoga changes both the attitudes and behaviors of students. EL Asks ASCD Emerging Leaders What's Been Satisfying about Being a Change Agent?
Karen Ritter, an assistant principal at a high school just outside of Chicago, wanted to see her school through a student’s eyes. So she decided to follow 9th grader Alan Garcia, who came to her asking to be switched out of the many remedial classes in which he is enrolled, hoping to get a clear view of his experience in the classroom. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
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As the argument goes and studies prove, children of all backgrounds benefit from diversified classrooms and schools where they can interact with peers of different races and ethnicities. Teaching Tolerance, an educational project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, concluded in a comprehensive review of research on racial and ethnic diversity in schools that “a racially integrated student body is necessary to obtain cross-racial understanding, which may lead to a reduction of harmful stereotypes and bias.” But access to diversity is only the first step, not the destination, said Cappella, noting that the study points to the need for teachers to create classrooms where interracial friendships can develop and grow.
"When I found out that James Tanton—an Australian who serves as the Mathematical Association of America’s mathematician at large, and a proponent for Common Core—wanted to debate Hacker last month at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York, I had to watch. But as I watched, I had a sinking feeling: It was clear that neither of these men had ever had the experience of being told, either directly or indirectly, that math was not for them. And I realized that, by not being told this, they had never felt compelled to steer clear of math and numbers-heavy careers, even if high-school math wasn’t fun for them either."
Educators put a lot of stock in, well, education. According to an infographic from Samsung Electronics America and market research giant GfK, 91 percent of teachers believe their success in the classroom depends heavily on having access to technology training. Unfortunately, 60 percent of teachers don’t feel adequately prepared to integrate technology into their lessons.
"The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers."
An early look at figures from the 2016 Advanced Placement tests shows continued growth in test-taking in subjects such as physics and computer science, and a trend of increasing scores in a number of fast-growing subjects.
Virtual charter schools can give students who are falling behind in traditional schools a chance to find success in an alternative learning environment. But can virtual charter schools fully replace the traditional face-to-face school experience?
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