Viewing vocational programs as second-rate is education's most corrosive problem
How a Mexican Janitor Invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos
The Frito-Lay janitor is now an executive vice president at PepsiCo, all because of a spicy snack.
How what you eat may affect mental health
A new field of study called nutritional psychiatry looks at how diet can impact conditions like depression
How Open Educational Resources Give Faculty and Students What They Want
Undergraduate costs are on the rise and student loan debt is a huge issue impacting today’s society. How can we, as higher education professionals, help limit the costs for students while als…
Understanding What a “Piggyback” Mortgage Loan Is and How It Works
As a potential homebuyer who is new to the market, many of the terms and mortgage products available to you can be more than a little confusing. Piggyback loans might be a little less familiar than…
How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships
In the first of five posts about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels offers strategies to help explore how joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust can help students.
9 Things NOT to Say to Someone with a Brain Injury
Marie Rowland, PhD, EmpowermentAlly Brain injury is confusing to people who don’t have one. It’s natural to want to say something, to voice an opinion or offer advice, even when we don’t understand And when you care for a loved one with a brain injury, it’s easy to get burnt out and say things out of frustration. Here are a few things you might find yourself saying that are probably not helpful: 1. You seem fine to me. The invisible signs of a brain injury — memory and concentration problems, fatigue , insomnia, chronic pain, depression, or anxiety — these are sometimes more difficult to live with than visible disabilities. Research shows that having just a scar on the head can help a person with a brain injury feel validated and better understood.…
Top 10 most toxic zip codes for homeowners
The third annual Environmental Hazards Housing Risk Index from ATTOM Data Solutions, a fused property database, finds about 25% of single-family homes and condos in areas analyzed are located in high-risk zip codes. Read more at HOUSINGWIRE
Charter school facts vs. myths: What NAACP needs to learn
Two Fridays ago, a national debate in education came to Florida: Are charter schools a good thing, and specifically, are they good for children of color? The second part of the question is particularly interesting to the civil-rights organization that hosted a hearing in Orlando to explore it: the NAACP . It’s also a vital question to me as an African-American educator. So, I made the trip from Polk County to speak.
The Center on School Turnaround — A Rubric for Assessing Schools’ Plans for Rapid Improvement
School improvement planning has become more prevalent and important due to increased calls from federal and state governments, state education agencies (SEAs), and the general public for more accountability in education. In many cases, the school principal is responsible for conceptualizing, drafting, and submitting the plan. However, there are very few publicly available tools that assess the content and quality of school improvement plans (SIPs). This new publication is designed for use by schools, districts, and state education agencies (SEAs). Schools can use the rubric to help create, organize, and assess their improvement plans and efforts; districts can use it to facilitate and coach co-creation of effective SIPs; and SEAs can use it to better conceptualize…