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Our featured stories are an amalgamation of all things education—you’ll find articles on trends and challenges facing present-day educators, as well as resources that help educators successfully navigate through any demanding environment.

  • Teaching Chess in Schools: The National Scholastic Chess Foundation

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Sunil Weeramantry has spent more than 40 years teaching and developing award-winning chess programs. As the founder and Executive Director of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF), Weeramantry served as the first chairman of the US Chess Federation’s Committee on Chess in Education and has produced workshops across the country, including on Capitol Hill. The…

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  • Mastering Skills and Intrinsic Motivation: Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Arguments about whether talent is due to nature or nurture have been around practically as long as those two words have existed. In the past, research pointed to practice as one of the most important aspects of mastery of any wide variety of skills. The idea that practice was the route to perfection was practically…

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  • Start Your Own Learning Revolution With Transformational Teaching

    Posted September 10, 2014

    In his 2010 TED talk “Bring on the Learning Revolution,” Sir Ken Robinson suggested that the best evolution in education can be made by moving from a factory-style mechanical model toward an organic model of teaching that adjusts specifically to the people being taught. Robinson’s criticism of education reform should be noted, but the reality…

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  • What Is the Future of Teacher Tenure in the United States?

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Teacher tenure, the concept of earned job protections, emerged in the early 1900s to protect teachers from arbitrary firings based on race, pregnancy, politics or other factors. In many states, it can be earned in two to five years and, once established, creates a system of due process that protects teachers from at-will firings. Teacher…

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  • Nerd Culture and Storytelling: How Tabletop Games Can Inspire Creative Writing Students

    Posted August 13, 2014

    On Saturday nights, my family sits down and plays a silly game called Munchkin. We go on a quest, establishing our race, class, and armor, sometimes teaming up or working against each other, taming or fighting monsters, dodging curses, and introducing the occasional serious plot twist. These can be quick stories of triumph or long…

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  • ‘I Met a Real Writer!’ Planning a Classroom Author Visit

    Posted July 30, 2014

    In 2009, my daughter met Tyler Whitesides, author of “The Janitors” series. In the school gymnasium, he regaled students with stories about what he did before becoming a writer, shared the inspiration for his characters and had students play basketball with wadded paper and a trash can. Five years later, she still tells her brother…

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  • ‘I Can’t Search YouTube for Abraham Lincoln!’: How Internet Filtering Affects Education

    Posted July 23, 2014

    As students enter school and encounter curriculum increasingly technology-based, their exposure to the Internet increases dramatically. Since 2000, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) has provided filtering guidelines for schools and libraries intended to protect students from access to content that is obscene, involves child pornography, or is harmful to minors in some way. CIPA…

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  • International Survey: U.S. Teachers Grapple With Low Support, High Rate of Student Poverty

    Posted July 16, 2014

    By Monica Fuglei The headlines have spoken: According to new data from the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), American teachers have some of the longest work weeks, highest student poverty rates, least guidance, and lowest collaborative work time among their international peers. While this may seem depressing, the TALIS reveals where U.S. education policy must…

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  • How Can Teachers Cultivate Social Connection and Empathy in the Classroom?

    Posted July 9, 2014

    By Monica Fuglei At Franklin Elementary’s fifth grade continuation ceremony, Principal John Melkonian made a bold statement. He referenced the school’s teaching of core virtues and asked students to remember that while academics were important, being good people was what would make them successful in life. The need to focus on school culture as well…

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  • How Teachers Use Student Data to Improve Instruction

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Formal and informal assessments provide significant insight into students’ progress, curriculum effectiveness and teaching strategies. Although there has been recent parental pushback on overuse of standardized tests, the data collected from them does not drift off into the ether. One of the best ways to encourage parental and student buy-in for assessment is to explain…

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  • Together and Unequal: The Conflict Surrounding School Colocation

    Posted June 25, 2014

    By Monica Fuglei As the nation celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education last month, education leaders reflected on the development of America’s post-segregation public school system. In their speeches commemorating the event, Arne Duncan and Eric Holder both celebrated our post-Brown v. Board society. Both men recognized the considerable challenges…

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  • Banned Books and Trigger Warnings: How Should Teachers Navigate Tough Subjects in Literature?

    Posted June 18, 2014

    By Monica Fuglei Recent headlines on the use of “trigger warnings” in college-level literature classes inspired a variety of reactions. Defenders see them as an essential part of open discussion; critics like Patton Oswalt argue that they discourage true engagement with literature.  College professors aren’t the only educators who deal with uproar over the books…

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  • Culturally Responsive Teaching: Empowering Students Through Respect

    Posted June 11, 2014

    When a class sees their teacher as an ally in their quest for an education, they perform better. Combative power relationships between teachers and students are being abandoned as more teachers seek a pedagogy that acknowledges students’ ownership of their own education and engagement with the world at large. What is culturally responsive teaching? An…

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  • Progress and the Challenge That Remains: Public Schools 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

    Posted June 4, 2014

    By Monica Fuglei May 2014 marked the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the historic Supreme Court case intended to end the racial segregation of Jim Crow laws in America’s public schools. While minority students in America no longer need armed guards and police dogs to accompany them to their rightful schools, the…

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  • Concordia Portland’s 2014 Grads Attend Samoa Ceremony

    Posted May 28, 2014

    The next generation of transformative educational leaders was honored on American Samoa in May 2014. Before an on-site audience of 400 and a live television audience, 35 teachers in American Samoa received their master’s degrees in education from Concordia University – Portland. The ceremony, at Lee Auditorium in Pago Pago, American Samoa, kicked off with…

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  • Advantages of an Experienced Educator: Job Hunting for the Veteran Teacher

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    Veteran teachers who are seeking a new job can feel a bit like they’re starting over. While getting a teaching job may be tougher than it used to be, it doesn’t have to be a daunting process With well-established networks, long-term association memberships, extensive professional development, and a significant resume, you have unique skills that…

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  • Avoiding Summer Slide: Strategies to Keep Kids Learning While School’s Out

    Posted May 21, 2014

    By Monica Fuglei  Each summer, educators and students alike pour out of schools ready to relax, have fun, and recuperate from their challenging years. Students definitely feel like they need the break, but the research is clear: academic skills — especially reading — decline over the summer. Why summer learning matters Most students suffer a…

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  • The Complete Guide to Finding Your First Teaching Job

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Teachers have an extremely desirable skill set, but new graduates without much teaching experience must convey their potential with an engaging application package and strong interview skills in order to land their first teaching job. Here’s a guide to help first-time teachers line up everything they’ll need to enter the field of education. Have a…

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  • Praise Anxiety: The Latest Research on Effective Student Feedback

    Posted May 7, 2014

    By Monica Fuglei Teachers know that feedback is essential to support students as they struggle with and master skills in the classroom. While they are accustomed to highlighting areas of weakness, supportive teachers point out students’ victories as well. Understanding the best ways to create and give feedback can be a challenge, particularly in light…

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  • Edible Education: How School Gardens Grow Minds

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Last week at school, my daughter’s class planted organic tomato seeds and then, with the help of their parents and teachers, made marinara sauce to eat with their school lunch. Her experience is becoming available to many other students as schools dedicate portions of their playgrounds to gardening. National Farm to School program With the rise…

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