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  • Does School Safety Go Too Far?

    A teen dressed in the same clothing as everyone else walks through a metal detector under the watchful eye of a police officer. Although this may sound like a student entering a juvenile detention center, it's actually the scene at some schools. Are these safety measures appropriate, or are they really doing more damage than good?

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  • More Than Half of SAT Test-Takers Not Ready for College

    For more than 80 years the SAT (now known officially as the SAT Reasoning Test) has been used as one of the standardized assessments to determine a high school student's readiness for a postsecondary education. SAT scores from the latest test-takers indicate that less than half of all high school students in the United States are ready to enter college. Education Insider takes a look at why scores might be dropping and what that might mean for America on a global scale.

  • Recruiting Teachers a Global Effort

    Sometimes great ideas spawn great organizations, which then inspire others to begin similar ventures. This could certainly apply to Teach for All, a global educational network which in all likelihood would never have been formed if not for two smaller organizations that came before it. Education Insider explores the origins of Teach for All and how it impacts (and plans to continue impacting) the world of education.

  • New Report Bashes Single-Sex Classrooms

    Outside certain religious or private schools (where they've been the norm for years), single-sex classrooms have made a comeback in the past decade or so; according to 'The New York Times' there are currently over 500 public schools in the U.S. that offer single-sex classes. But a recent report published by the American Council of CoEducational Schooling has taken major issue with those classrooms, which it sees as 'ineffective, misguided' and even sexist.

  • Are Young Principals Good for Struggling High Schools?

    A group of young principals have started in their leadership positions at Newark schools, causing some to question if they're too inexperienced to lead. Education Insider takes a look at why having young principals could actually be an asset for these schools.

  • Proposed Reform to Teacher Education

    It's no secret that the United States' public education system is facing an educational crisis as millions of American students fail to receive the academic skills they need to succeed in college and life. A new breakthrough graduate school for teachers is attempting to change that by abandoning course-based training of teachers for more practical and performance-based methods. The school opened its doors this summer, but not everyone is on board.

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  • New Study Connects Fiction With Empathy

    Reading fiction can be a great way to unwind while engaging the mind. It's an activity that keeps us connected with different cultures and time periods without ever having to leave our homes. But as a new study indicates, fiction can also be an important factor in expanding our emotional horizons as well.

  • Letting Kids Be Kids: Some Schools Relaxing Dress Codes

    Has the school uniform gone the way of home economics and shop class? Maybe not quite. . .but it seems that more and more schools across the United States are loosening the reins when it comes to dress codes. Is it always a good idea, Education Insider asks, to allow kids to dress in the fashion of the day? Can it lead to total chaos?

  • How the New No Child Left Behind Affects Your Child

    President Obama is revamping former President Bush's No Child Left Behind plan. Read on to find out how these changes will affect today's students, schools and teachers.

  • Professional Athletes Who Did Well in School

    Although the stereotype is that athletes aren't always the most intelligent individuals, there are some out there who are showing that the 'dumb athlete' label doesn't always apply. Education Insider takes a look at some of these academically gifted athletes.

  • Are School Buses Disappearing?

    The sight of children waiting on street corners and boarding big yellow buses has been commonplace across the United States for decades. But this familiar sight may soon be a thing of the past as several districts in California recently announced that bus service will be discontinued. It's a trend that might continue in other states, leading Education Insider to wonder how easily kids will find alternate ways to get to school, and how safe other transportation methods might be.

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  • A Unique Path to Independence for Disabled Students

    Many physically, mentally or emotionally challenged students yearn for independence. The Education Insider takes a look at some of the unique paths designed to get disabled students to that point.

  • Evaluating the Evaluators: New Direction for New Jersey Schools

    Money can't buy happiness, some say, and it also might not be able to buy a good education. Just ask New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose state has tried repeatedly to improve the performance of New Jersey's lowest-performing schools by simply spending more money on them. It's a practice that has yielded little or no positive results. Now, some say, it's going to take more drastic efforts to turn these schools around.

  • Famous Southpaws in Education

    National Left Hander's Day is a great opportunity to recognize those who represent the minority in handedness. Though it may not seem like a big deal to righties, being left-handed presents certain challenges and inconveniences. Still, it's not impossible to succeed as a southpaw, and this list shows that some very important and influential people use their left instead of their right hand.

  • Is Suspension Ever a Good Punishment?

    When students misbehave or break the rules, some schools resort to suspending them to show that such behavior will not be tolerated. Does suspending students actually teach them a lesson or is it only hurting them in the long run?

  • Librarians Forced to Step in for Public School Teachers

    Atlanta Public Schools have seen better days. Budget woes, a cheating scandal and suspended teachers on paid leave have all led to an unlikely turn of events: librarians, some with little or no teaching experience, entering the classroom as educators. The Education Insider asks, Can things get worse for this beleaguered school system?

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  • Study Shows Acting Can Help with Reading Comprehension

    The old school of thought is: find a quiet corner to go off to when reading. But new studies seem to suggest that a stage might be a more appropriate place! Why? Because physically acting out what's being read can have a much larger impact on comprehension and, ultimately, learning. The Education Insider explores how this new approach to reading could lead to marked gains for elementary school students.

  • Doubt Clouds Efforts to Get Parents More Involved in Chicago Public Schools

    Numerous studies show that parent involvement in schools lead to, among other things, better test scores, attendance and student behavior. Such conclusions, one would think, would make every school in the U.S. strive for parent participation. For many years the opposite has held true at Chicago Public Schools. But has the school system finally seen the light?

  • Why American Students Have A Poor Understanding of History

    Last month results from the history portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress were released. The exam revealed that fewer than a quarter of students in the U.S. are proficient in history. Educators worry that most American young people are unprepared for the responsibilities of civic life.

  • How Bullying Impacts Special Needs Students

    A recently published study shows that students with special needs are at a greater risk of being exposed to bullying.'s Education Insider takes a look at the impact bullying can have on how these students do in school.

  • Could New Sexual Harassment Standards on Campus Affect Student Learning?

    To further help protect college students from sexual harassment, the U.S. Department of Education has clarified the standard used to determine guilt. Some in higher education are now concerned that this could end up hurting learning environments.

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  • Increased Test Scores in Atlanta Attributed to Cheating Administrators

    Across the country, school districts feel pressure to report positive standardized test scores from their students. Those scores affect everything from how much federal funding districts receive to the amount of prestige and respect given to the educational professionals there. A newly breaking scandal in Atlanta tells of systematic test score manipulation district-wide, suggesting that for some the allure of those boons was too much to handle.

  • School After Kids: The Pros and Cons

    Heading back to school as an adult can be a difficult decision. The Education Insider explores the pros and cons involved in returning to school after kids.

  • Helping Kids Learn to Love Reading: My Own Book's Burton Freeman Talks to

    For many inner-city children, the concept of book ownership is totally foreign. Recent studies have shown that in certain neighborhoods of New York City, homes average as little as two books apiece. Retired lawyer Burton Freeman's working to combat those troubling statistics with My Own Book, an organization designed to get kids owning books and ultimately reading more.

  • Both a Student and a Parent: Studying Alongside Your Kids

    Being a student and a parent presents many challenges, but it also presents many opportunities. When a parent returns to school, it's a chance to act as a role model, bond with family members and take advantage of having a natural study partner. These benefits can make both the parent and the child better students with stronger connections to each other.

  • Mixing School with Parenting: Bringing Your Education Home

    Parents who return to school have a unique opportunity to utilize their coursework to connect with their families. Regardless of the subject area, there are countless ways for parents to bring their education home and engage their families in the content they're studying. The Education Insider looks at ten ways to translate classes at school into activities at home.

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  • Readers Are Made, Not Born: Kerri Smith Majors Details Her Innovative Literary Journal for

    The National Book Foundation recently announced the 2011 winners of their Innovations in Reading Prize, an award that celebrates individuals or organizations revolutionizing ways to foster literacy. Among those winners: YARN, an online literary journal that publishes YA (Young Adult) content written by both teens and adults. What's YARN doing to make their mark on the world of literacy?

  • Why Are Students Taking More Time To Finish College?

    Recent studies show that students are taking longer than ever to earn their degrees. Where four years was once the accepted norm, the 5- or 6-year plan has now become something of a standard in colleges and universities across the country. Is this student choice, or is it caused by factors beyond their control?

  • Persistent Achievement Gap Blocks Students Success

    One of the major challenges facing U.S. educators is the achievement gap that exists between white and minority students. While many efforts have been made to help close the divide in learning, education statistics reveal that much work remains to be done. Learn about some of the potential reasons for the achievement gap - and what's being done to address it.

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  • Autism Studies Abroad Help Back Home

    According to The New York Times, most of the developed world currently reports the presence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in about one percent of its children. However, a recent study conducted in Goyang, South Korea shows an ASD rate of 2.6%, more than double that. How is that difference explained, and what does it mean for autism studies around the world?

  • 5 Ways Parents Can Prepare Their Students for College

    High school seniors around the country will be graduating this month and preparing to leave home for the first time. College can be a huge transition for both parent and child. First-year students in particular often struggle with the responsibility of living on their own. However, there are some practical things that parents can teach their children before they begin the college experience.

  • Child Prodigy Adora Svitak Speaks with

    At 13 years old, Adora Svitak has a resume that would be the envy of adults many times her age. Adora has written multiple books, taught in classrooms and served as a literacy advocate. In February, she became one of the youngest people to present at a TED Conference. She is also the recipient of the NEA's prestigious Outstanding Service to Public Education award. caught up with Adora to discuss her impressive accomplishments.

  • Author Ian Brill Talks Creating Comics and FCBD with

    For our final Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) interview we talked with Ian Brill, writer and editor at BOOM! Studios and BOOM's all-ages branch, kaboom! Brill's ''Darkwing Duck/Rescue Rangers'' comic provides the chief all-ages offering for this FCBD. We asked Brill about his beginnings in the comics world and his feelings on the medium in general.

  • Diamond Distributors' Mark Banaszak Talks Comics in the Classroom with

    In the second installment of our interview series leading up to this Saturday's Free Comic Book Day, speaks with Mark Banaszak of Diamond Bookshelf. Bookshelf is the educational outreach branch of Diamond Comic Distributors, the industry's primary wholesaling entity. We asked Mark about Bookshelf's approach to putting comics and graphic novels into libraries and school classrooms.

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  • Patrick Shaffner of 826CHI Shows How to Do it Write

    826CHI is the Chicago branch of a loosely affiliated national group of writing and tutoring centers. Other 826 centers can be found in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Ann Arbor and Washington, D.C. recently caught up with Patrick Shaffner, Outreach Director of 826CHI, to learn more about how this organization is making writing fun and accessible for students of all ages.

  • Are Rock Star Superintendents Good for School?

    In an era when schools are being forced to shrink their budgets to deal with state deficits, education analysts worry that students are being shortchanged. But for at least one breed of K-12 education professionals, funding shortfalls have not stopped schools from providing lavish salaries and benefits packages.

  • Dara Sklare, Educating for All Abilities: Speaks with a Special Education Teacher

    Dara Sklare teaches special education at Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago, Illinois. recently caught up with her to find out what it's like to work with this special population, and how all students can gain access to the education they need.

  • Friends of the Children's Kathrina Berk Talks to

    Founded in Portland in 1993, Friends of the Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, long-term mentors to at-risk children. Recent reports have shown their methods to be tremendously successful. Friends officer Kathrina Berk spoke to about her program's unique methodology and future plans to help at-risk youth.

  • Triumph Over Dyslexia: Entrepreneur Richard Branson

    An educator once told Richard Branson, 'You will either go to prison or become a millionaire.' In fact, Branson overcame severe dyslexia to become the adventure-loving, multi-billionaire head of mega-conglomerate Virgin Group.

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  • First Book Executive Vice President Chandler Arnold Talks to

    First Book is a nonprofit organization that distributes brand-new books to children in low-income families. got the opportunity to interview the organization's Executive Vice President, Chandler Arnold. Read on to learn what Mr. Arnold has to say about this inspiring organization.

  • The New School Lunch

    Last December, President Obama signed into law the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, ushering in a new era for the national student lunch program. The $4.5 billion bill includes provisions designed to help schools increase the nutritional value of student meals. But some schools have been working to improve school lunches for years.

  • Famous Fictional Schools

    In many children's and young adult books, the schools that serve as a setting can be as iconic and memorable as the characters. These institutions may be fictional, but they are often evocative of actual schools or portrayed with such keen attention to detail that they feel real.

  • Raising Autism Awareness: Professor Temple Grandin

    In 2010, Dr. Temple Grandin was named one of 'Time' magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for her work in animal - and human - rights. Learn how Dr. Grandin not only overcame but harnessed her autism to become an award-winning animal scientist and a passionate advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.

  • Seeing Things Differently: Artist Chuck Close

    Chuck Close is famous for painting unusual, large-scale portraits of faces that retain extraordinary realism even when broken down into almost Pointillist grids. While the artist's perfect renditions may look like they come easily, Close has actually overcome incredible obstacles, including both learning and physical disabilities, to become the painter he is today.

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  • Coping with Learning Disabilities

    Concerned you or your child might be affected by a learning disability? Learn how to identify signs of common learning disabilities and how to access special education opportunities.

  • Learning Disabilities: Fact and Fiction

    In observance of Learning Disabilities Week, we here at want to clear up some misconceptions about common learning challenges such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

  • Great Read Aloud Books for Young Adults

    Reading aloud isn't just for young children - older kids also enjoy listening, and they might like to read to you too. Here are some great books to share with your older children.

  • Great Read Aloud Picture Books

    Now that we've discussed the importance of reading aloud to children, here's a list of ten great picture books you can read. These books should be available at your local library or bookstore.

  • Telling Beautiful Stories: Speaks with the Illustrator of Seeds of Change

    Sonia Lynn Sadler recently won the 2011 Coretta Scott King Award for new talent in children's book illustration for 'Seeds of Change.' caught up with her to find out how she became an artist and what inspires her work in literature and illustration.

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  • Memorable Teachers in Fiction

    When you think of your favorite teacher, you probably think about how he or she supported and encouraged you. You might be reminded of this person's patience and dedication. Fictional teachers often embody these qualities, and they may have special abilities or an extra layer of quirkiness that help make them memorable. Here is a list of some famous teachers from comics, children's books, movies and cartoons.

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  • Holiday Gift Guide

    Are you looking for the perfect present for the special student in your life? Here's a list of educational gift suggestions for all ages. Happy holidays!

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