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New anti-racism group calls for hiring more teachers of color

Drawing from the traditions of the African-American church, a local group has formed to address various educational, social and economic issues.Its first goal is to increase the number of teachers of color in the Rochester City School District.Called the Movement for Anti-Racist Ministry and Action (MAMA), the group held a news conference Monday, setting forth its objectives and priorities. ...




The Good News About Educational Inequality

When inequality is the topic, it can seem as if all the news is bad. Income inequality continues to rise. Economic segregation is growing. Racial gaps in education, employment and health endure. Our society is not particularly fair.
 
But here is some good news about educational inequality: The enormous gap in academic performance between high- and low-income children has begun to narrow. ...




Networking and the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction states that your experiences in life are shaped entirely by you. You are in control of who and what you do and do not attract. Without going into the science behind it, the fundamental rule of the Law of Attraction is, that like attracts like, so in order to attract what we want, we must become it. ...




Benefits of a Mentor During Your First Year as Faculty

Your first year as a faculty member is an exciting time full of enriching and valuable new experiences. You begin your teaching career while working on publications, committee work, and presentations. You will start to integrate yourself into your new school and community. ...




The benefits of awards—even if you don’t win

Awards have played an important role in Haley Gomez’s career. When the professor of astrophysics and head of public engagement for the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom interviewed for a €1.8 million European Research Council grant in 2014, “the first thing I was asked about” was a Welsh public engagement award that she had received earlier that year. ...




Interested in national development? Improve education

 He who opens a school door, closes a prison – Victor HugoThe foundation of every state is the education of its youth. – DiogenesEducation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson MandelaIf a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be – Thomas JeffersonIf you think education is expensive, try ignorance – DerekCongratulations to those who worked diligently on the recently completed Sierra Leone constitutional review draft report. ...




Lack of diversity in gifted education: Some readers see segregation

Education Lab’s look at the lack of diversity among students identified as gifted provoked strong reaction from readers. Some suggested taking a similar lens to professional basketball, while others applauded our examination.Education Lab’s examination of the diversity, or lack thereof, in classes for students deemed academically gifted provoked strong reaction from readers. ...




Teachers unionize at Calif. schools led by Rhee

Teachers at a small Sacramento, Calif., charter school chain have voted to unionize, the city’s teachers union was due to announce Wednesday. That is not necessarily news. What is news: the schools’ board chair is former Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, the famously combative union adversary. ...




Advice for Superintendents: A Consultant's Perspective

As a former teacher in an urban school district (12 years) and as a consultant who has worked closely with more than 20 superintendents, I have learned a few things about the complex role of the superintendent. I have great respect for the challenging, even overwhelming job of a superintendent. ...




Principals' Test Not Predictive of Success on the Job

Exam results show racial disparities
New research has found essentially no positive correlation between how would-be principals perform on a widely used licensure exam and their success as school leaders.The study, which looked at principals’ performance on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and on-the-job evaluations, student achievement, and teacher surveys, over a 10-year period in Tennessee, also found that non-white candidates were about three times less likely than white candidates to pass the exam. ...