Questions to Ask Your Chronically Stressed Students
This morning I sat in two middle-school inner-city classrooms in Indianapolis, as I do most weeks. But today, something struck me deep in the center of my chest as I
Cognitive Skills and the Common Core Standards
Teachers, principals and district administrators around the country are fully in the throes of working on the transition to the new Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards, the product
Helping Homework-Trapped Students
An article in the Washington Post newspaper caught my attention recently. It talked about “homework-trapped students.” In the article, Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, a clinical psychologist and author, describes students who
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.
That Was Easy!
On Super Bowl Sunday, my 8-year-old nephew graciously tolerated the adults in our house (most of whom are still 8 years old at heart, if truth be told). He held
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
The Economic Value of Cognitive Skills Development
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report on the economic value of improved educational outcomes, entitled The High Cost of Low Educational Performance, which describe
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
Your Child Has an IEP, but Is the Gap Closing?
Statistics and charts are standard fare at an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting. The teachers and professionals are likely to show you where your child is performing relative to the