Go to summer school UK style by way of the Cambridge Economics summer program! The United Kingdom has so much to offer in the way education, culture, fun and everything else you can imagine. As far as the Cambridge economics summer program goes, each class will contain no more than ten students at a time in cambridge school, covers excellent university preparation tutorials Read More →

Using Classroom Artifacts in Teacher Professional DevelopmentA dozen middle and high school teachers seated around a U-shaped table are scrutinizing stacks of papers spread out before them. The papers include a math problem that one of the teachers’ classes worked on the previous week, copies of student work on the problem, and a transcript of the classroom conversation among one group of students. EDC’s Mark Driscoll stands at the center Read More →

Top Ten Read Alouds for First GradersIn first grade children are learning how to read. It's exciting to watch kids be able to decode simple books on their own and become confident in their reading skills. But because first graders are just beginning to learn how to read, they can only read a limited number of simple texts. Reading is very labor intensive for first graders and they may not to be able Read More →

Is Reading on the Computer Bad for Your Child?Most people will agree that technology has presented our children with an array of new ways to read and seek knowledge, but it also has created new questions about the most effective methods of learning. Should we be encouraging our kids to “get with the times” and turn to the computer as their main source of reading material, or is there something still to be said Read More →

President Obama’s Real MessageThe President’s address to K-12 students next week has attracted some skepticism.

Apart from whatever platitudes are dispensed to American students, the President’s real message on education reform will be delivered early next year, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan makes the first round of Race to the Top grants. Earlier this summer, the President and Secretary Duncan declared, Read More →

Got Art?Most, not all, but most children love art. They like the creative therapy of making things on their own and having someone else tell them what a super job they have done. In reality, that sounds like something adults want too!

Do you want your child exposed to the world of art, but feel like you are just not the one to teach them? Not everyone is artsy. No worries, you can expose Read More →

Lending Federal Dollars to States Will Bankrupt Us AllKaty, bar the door—before this wacky idea gets out.

University law professors have a knack for dreaming up ever-more-far-fetched ideas, so no one should pay any attention to the latest one-except for the fact that its potential political appeal makes it downright dangerous. Christopher Edley, dean of the law school at the University of California, Read More →

Johnny Can Read...in Some StatesJohnny can’t read … in South Carolina. But if his folks move to Texas, he’ll be reading up a storm. What’s going on?

It turns out that in complying with the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), some states have decided to be a whole lot more generous than others in determining whether students are proficient at math and reading. Read More →

Should Schools Let Parents Choose Teachers?When Dawn Carrigan became the principal of Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, Maine, one of the first things she did was stop the practice of parents requesting their kids’ teachers. At the time, more than 20 families hadn’t gotten their first pick and didn’t know why. “I didn’t want to be the judge of whose request was valid or not valid,” she says. Now, parents complete Read More →

Competition Makes a ComebackVideo: George Thampy, winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2000.

Paige Kimble won the 1981 Scripps National Spelling Bee with “sarcophagus,” a word that any middle schooler who has studied a unit on the boy king Tutankhamun can use with aplomb.

Now consider the words tossed at the bee’s 2009 finalists, all 12- and 13-year-olds: Laodicean, Maecenas, menhir, apodyterium, Read More →