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Boston Schools Shift To More Play-Based, Kid-Led Curriculum In Early Grades

In Kelly Stevens’ kindergarten classroom, each day begins with circle time for what sounds like a menu of lesson options. “Miss Stevens is calling friends to read at the green table,” Stevens says. “We’re constructing boats. We’re also constructing out of clay.” Students Marco Carias Castellanos and Holden Free chose a writing activity on this day. [...]

March 24th, 2018|

Koch network laying groundwork to fundamentally transform America’s education system

Making a long-term play, the billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and his like-minded friends on the right are increasingly focused on melding the minds of the next generation by making massive, targeted investments in both K-12 and higher education. Changing the education system as we know it was a central focus of a three-day donor seminar [...]

January 30th, 2018|

Teaching Democratic Citizenship When Democracy is at Risk

Co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers. In a letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson wrote: Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. … They are the only sure [...]

January 13th, 2018|

A potential teacher crunch looms

Public school teachers are on the front lines for the nation's youth when it comes to education, mentorship and support. But a growing shortage of educators is adding pressure to a group that advocates say is already spread too thin in schools across the country. Donavon Gardner is watching the scenario play out at the [...]

June 7th, 2017|