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 …

NEA Program Provides Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners


When Maricela Rincón first started school she was sent to the back of the room because she didn’t speak English. Even though she was born in Chicago, Maricela felt isolated and rejected because she spoke only Spanish.

“At that time …

College Readiness Program Helps Transform Struggling School


Good ideas come at any time.  Playing with your children. Cooking.  During the commute. Albert Einstein once asked, “Why is it I always get my best ideas while shaving?”

Ed Small, principal of Academy Park High School in Sharon …

School Reform: Baseball Bats to Bad Data

Remember when Joe Clark… was the face of educational reform? The former Principal of Eastside High School in Paterson, NJ patrolled the hallways of his out-of-control institution in the 1980s with only a bullhorn and a baseball bat, fighting poverty,