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There are a ton of education conference options each year and most of them aren’t cheap. Ticket prices, travel costs, and taking time away from work all make choosing the absolute best conference a must—because despite the logistics, conferences can be so useful (even life-changing) for educators. Here’s a list of upcoming education-focused conferences in… Read More

In our monthly roundup of education news, we typically pull a variety of big stories that we think you’ll be interested in. This month, we’re zeroing in on just one topic: Parkland. Obviously you know that February 14 was a horrifically tragic day in Florida, when a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas… Read More

January 2018 Monthly Roundup for Educators

By The Room 241 Team January 31, 2018

From school funding reports to new state laws affecting education, a lot happened in education during January. Don’t worry if you haven’t been keeping up—we did it for you. We know you’re busy between work and personal obligations, so we rounded up a few education headlines from the last month and listed them below. Whether it’s… Read More

No Name-Calling Week: Celebrate With One Word Gifts

By Kriscia Cabral January 15, 2018

I tell my students that if they end the school year taking only one nugget that they’ve learned from me, I’d like it to be the gift of being kind. In every person’s life, there are always ways to show kindness to others. I demonstrate this in my classroom in a variety of ways: shout-outs… Read More

Top Five Takeaways: Trauma-Informed Transformations in Education

By Madeline Turnock December 4, 2017

Schools and classrooms are the heartbeat of our communities—at the intersection of learning and of life’s challenges. These challenges and high levels of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a daily reality; and how schools and educators adapt and respond with a trauma-informed approach is critical to learning outcomes. To acknowledge and address these present challenges… Read More

With dedicated teachers, administrators, and other school staff, public schools are there every day for every student, preparing tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why, during November, we celebrate public schools during American Education Week. Take part in this national event with a few celebration ideas below, and share online using the hashtag #PublicSchoolsForAll and #AEW2017. Monday, Nov…. Read More

AHA! helps teens learn “peace-building” techniques to help end violence in schools. Founded in 1999 shortly after the Columbine school tragedy, AHA! (short for Attitude, Harmony and Achievement) is a volunteer-driven non-profit that provides compassion training to teenagers in Santa Barbara, California. “Research is conclusive that compassion training and social emotional learning programs assist children… Read More

What kids eat at school is getting a lot more scrutiny these days. Schools often (though not always) serve the cheapest, most heavily processed meals. Since the controversy about “pink slime” in the meat served in school lunches a few years ago, many parents have grown increasingly worried about school food quality. That’s the backdrop… Read More

Many urban school districts have adopted a portfolio approach that allows open enrollment to foster free-market competition between neighborhood schools and specialized charter schools. A leader in urban school reform, Denver Public Schools has worked hard to expand charter school offerings in hopes that their investment will yield positive results in student performance. 18 percent of… Read More

After listening to an NPR report on a Boston homeless shelter run by Harvard and Cambridge students, Villanova University Professor Stephanie Sena was inspired to found the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP). The non-profit organization provides emergency housing for people experiencing homelessness. The shelter is staffed by college students whose service learning experience… Read More

I teach because I believe in the power of education to change a life. What keeps me working and serving at the community college level is the deep understanding that education is a right that should be afforded to all people,  including nontraditional students who are first-generation, immigrants, or of low socioeconomic status. These students… Read More

In part one of my examination of events and trends that either help or hurt education, I discussed recent court rulings and the growing number of parents and students who opt out of standardized testing. One of the biggest education stories in the last year was about reforms to No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the… Read More

With documentaries like “Waiting for Superman” and supporters that range from Bill Gates to Sarah Palin, “charter” has long been a buzzword in conversations about improving public schools. Charter schools are publicly funded institutions run by independent groups, either private business or teachers, parents, and reformers. Washington Supreme Court ruling: Publicly-funded charter schools are unconstitutional… Read More

Election Day, as I often tell my students, is like the Super Bowl for me. The commercials aren’t as exciting, but watching the returns is an interesting process, particularly when local elections have consequences that matter to us. Last Tuesday’s results, including several Colorado school board races, were no exception. Two Colorado school boards served… Read More

More than two million children in the United States are grieving the death of a parent. “When a student’s relative or loved one has died, teachers wonder, perhaps worry, what do I say? Out of our own personal discomfort, or with good intentions, they often say nothing at all,” said Christine Cavalieri, executive director of… Read More