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Curing Educational Indigestion – Three Solutions to Overly Full Plates

“Our district is currently doing a lot of work to implement STEM (Common Core, new technology, etc.), and our teachers feel like they are constantly having things added to their

Funding Professional Development for Teachers

Almost two years ago, I blogged about the stunning research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on the connection between student scores on the PISA tests and economic

Reality Show Test Anxiety

I was watching one of my favorite shows – Restaurant Impossible – when I saw a textbook case reminder of one of the consequences of high-stakes testing.  First, let me

Education: A Reality Check

A confluence of four issues in education makes this a perfect time to embark on a journey of bringing neuroscience to the classroom. 1) There is no more money (www.cbo.gov).

Timely Resources for Educators Changing the Game

As educational leaders navigate difficult financial times, with increased emphasis on accountability and teacher proficiency, and the Common Core Standards, there are some key resources that all should be aware of.

Teaching Teachers about the Brain

Not everyone in education makes the connection between brain science and teaching/learning.  This is something we have observed personally and now it has been underscored by the National Council for

Teacher Effectiveness and Student Ability

An op-ed in this morning’s Chicago Tribune holds that the way student learning is measured is flawed because it assumes that all students come with the same cognitive ability to learn.

When Charter School Students Don’t Succeed

According to a report on NPR (WBEZ) two days ago, the reason that test scores in many Chicago charter schools are higher than their traditional CPS (Chicago Public School) counterparts