Curriculum Q&A Juneteenth: How and Why It Should Be Taught in K-12 Schools
The national holiday's legacy is worth studying year-round, says the leader of a Black education research collective.
Student Well-Being Kids Are Balancing Fasting and School During Ramadan. How to Support Them
Muslim children often have to juggle their religious obligations with academics, extracurricular activities, and other social pressures.
School & District Management Why Students Ghost the Day After Halloween (And What Schools Can Do About It)
Missing school on Nov. 1 can for some students lead to chronic absenteeism and academic problems down the road.
Curriculum As Thanksgiving Approaches, 'Unlearning' History Continues
Thanksgiving offers schools an opportunity to take a hard look at narratives that minimize colonial oppression of Native Americans.
Teaching Opinion Response: Use the Lead-Up Time to School Breaks for 'Hidden' Learning Opportunities
John Spencer, Kevin Parr, Jessica Torres, and Tammy Quist share their suggestions on how to handle the time leading up to school breaks.
Teaching Opinion The Blessings of Liberty Include Fully Public Education
I think I was experiencing the sacred last night, watching the 90-something Navy man sing 'Anchors Aweigh' in the front row--and the grandfathers who served in Vietnam shyly nod to each other across the crowd. I also thought about where and how those men and women were educated. Where did they absorb the idea that citizenship is both blessing and duty? Who taught them to read and calculate, who nurtured their talents and their dreams?
Curriculum Opinion Holiday Movies That Will Spark Fun Class Discussion
Holiday movies offer opportunities to talk about family traditions, charity, and treating other people the way we wish to be treated.
Student Well-Being Opinion Happy Halloween! Be Playful and Artistic in School on Holidays
Dressing up and playing (often challenging) "scary" music is good curricular and instructional practice. It encourages young adolescents to be kids again in an increasingly frightening adult world—playful and artistic, sharing their burgeoning talents with their community.
Curriculum Opinion Memorial Day
Instead of providing the programs that students find most compelling, we're on a path to strip public education clean of richness, culture and (yes, I'm going to say it) fun. Over 125 people participated in our local Memorial Day service today-- and virtually all of them learned the essential skills of making music, public speaking and patriotic customs in a public school someplace. They still use these capacities to make their lives more enjoyable and meaningful, to take a day away from work, to think about honoring those who died to preserve democracy.
Teaching Opinion Kindergartners Think in Beautiful Drawings About Dr. Martin Luther King
Kindergartner, dreaming of a better world: "I would have everyone go to the same school." Now there's a dream--what if everyone went to the same school, where there were plenty of art supplies and a teacher who nurtured drawing skills as well as conversations about the people who changed the country where these children live?