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- U.S. scores stagnant, other nations pass us by in latest international test - by John Fensterwald
- December 3rd, 2013 | Comments | By John Fensterwald
- United States 15-year-olds have continued to tread water while youths in a number of nations have glided past them in the latest results of PISA, an international test in math, science and reading given in 65 nations. The scores led to a predictable finger-pointing from advocates and detractors of current education Read entire article »
- Schools promoting ‘trauma-informed’ teaching to reach troubled students - by Jane Meredith Adams
- December 2nd, 2013 | Comments | By Jane Meredith Adams
- Backed by brain research, California schools are beginning to address the effect of severe trauma on the health and achievement of their students. In districts including Humboldt, Richmond, Santa Cruz, Aptos and San Francisco, groups of teachers are being trained to recognize that students’ explosive anger, classroom outbursts, habitual withdrawal and Read entire article »
- Early math matters: Top researcher discusses his work - by Lillian Mongeau
- December 1st, 2013 | Comments | By Lillian Mongeau
- A study showing that early math skills are one of the best predictors of later success in both math and literacy has become a cornerstone of the growing movement among early childhood educators to boost math instruction in preschool through 3rd grade. The architect of the 2007 study, Greg Duncan, an economist Read entire article »
- School reforms revive decades-old debate on impact of money on education outcomes - by Louis Freedberg
- December 2nd, 2013 | Comments
- By Louis Freedberg
- The dramatic transformation of how California’s schools are funded is raising one of the most complex and challenging questions on the education policy landscape: Will additional money improve Read entire article »
- Credibility gap would erode long-term promise of new funding system - by Arun Ramanathan / commentary
- November 27th, 2013 | Comments
- By Arun Ramanathan / commentary
- English is my second language. I spent the early part of my life in India speaking my native tongue. When we immigrated to the West, I went to school to learn English. After some early struggles, I Read entire article »
- The kid in my class I didn’t kill - by Ellie Herman / commentary
- November 25th, 2013 | Comments
- By Ellie Herman / commentary
- I once ran over a student in the parking lot. Gio was standing in front of my car, waving, grinning and doing a little hopping dance in apparent joy at seeing me, which made no sense because only an Read entire article »
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