Q & A: Reaching At-Risk Students Through ‘Real Talk’


Paul Hernandez is an assistant professor at Central Michigan University whose research focuses on sociology of education and social inequality. Through his work with K-12 teachers at lower-performing schools in Michigan, Hernandez has helped enable at-risk students to achieve academically, …

The Teachers Union and Quality Teaching

Shannan Brown (SJTA President) and Eric Heins (CTA Vice-President) are union leaders who promote quality teaching. (Photo: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education; 1/20/12)

 

Some people would say that “the union” and “quality teaching” don’t belong in the …

The Week in Tweets for 2012-02-06

Video: NBCTs Organize for Priority Schools

There are over 91,000 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) across the country. A small group of them gathered last year to discuss how they can implement a focused, collaborative effort to improve student achievement in struggling schools and how to …

A Second Chance to Soar


At Roberts High School, students most at risk of dropping out are getting the support they need to succeed.

The school serves a diverse student body.  Some are teen mothers, others are homeless. More than a few have been …

Roosevelt Stands Out in Portland Grad Rate Rise


New data released last week by the Oregon Department of Education show that graduation rates are on the rise statewide, and 59 percent of Portland Public Schools’ students earned a regular diploma in four years, compared to 54 percent last …

A Worthy Widget

Dell has been identifying new ways to support the education community on the web. One of their developments is a Wordpress plugin called Education Connect that will help connect education blogs to each other. With the help of some of

Making Gains at West Seattle Elementary


West Seattle Elementary School in Washington is changing. While the irksome perception persists that this school in a high-poverty neighborhood is too ill-equipped, mismanaged, or even incapable of high student achievement, the school’s students, staff, and parents work quietly and …

Effective library budgeting

Another excerpt from my revision of The Indispensable Librarian. And on one of my favorite topics – budgeting. (Did I just see your eyes glaze over? Shame on you!) 

Budgeting

Educational funding is a “zero sum game.” School districts’ have …

Online University Education in Canada

There is more activity in online learning (or, at minimum blended learning) in higher education than most universities realize. When I was at University of Manitoba, we tried to get a sense of what faculty were doing with technology in …