Education

7:14am

Fri September 19, 2014
NPR Ed

Q&A: A View Of The Common Core From The Principal's Office

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Suburban school principals aren't exactly known as rabble-rousers. In general, they're a pretty sedate bunch — you know, composed, serious, calm.

But if you want to get them riled up, ask them what they think about the Common Core State Standards and how teachers are evaluated.

That's exactly what I did recently: During a visit to Washington, D.C., I sat down with a group of middle and high school principals — members of the National Association of Secondary School Principals — to hear their frontline views of the Common Core.

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5:47am

Thu September 18, 2014
NPR Ed

How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 7:11 am

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So you finally get the chance to meet one on one with your child's teacher — now what?

Like a good Boy Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference.

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5:47am

Thu September 18, 2014
NPR Ed

Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:48 am

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina speaks with students Carlos Cruz and Lluvia Hernandez while visiting a school in Brooklyn earlier this year.
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So now that students have settled in to the routine of the school year, yet another fall education ritual looms: the parent-teacher conference.

And while there's universal agreement that parent involvement is a good thing, these all-too-short meetings are often frustrating on both sides.

Teachers, and parents, often find them too short and too shallow, too likely to focus on problems, with little time to really get beyond test scores and a few bullet points about the curriculum or homework. And, as children get older, fewer parents tend to show up.

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7:56am

Wed September 17, 2014
NPR Ed

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 10:54 am

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It was an ordinary Friday. Courtney Brown, 24, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was busy looking for a job. "I've applied all kinds of places," she says. "Wal-Mart, Target, Verizon Wireless."

Then she got a strange letter in the mail. " 'We are writing you with good news,' " she reads to me over the phone. " 'We got rid of some of your Everest College debt. ... No one should be forced to mortgage their future for an education.' "

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12:29pm

Tue September 16, 2014
NPR Ed

'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:06 am

Teachers are incorporating mobile technology and a digital sensibility into classroom lessons with assignments such as this one: to caption a historical photograph for teacher Nicholas Ferroni's high school history class in Union, N.J.
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Nestled between Julia Auster's fantasy football app and Facebook Messenger is a relatively new bucket of apps: the education tools she uses in the French classes she teaches at Robert Adams Middle School in Holliston, Mass.

Auster isn't alone.

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