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Student Achievement Opinion A Brief History of Grading—and What That Means for Schools Today
Modern grading emerged at the turn of the 20th century and may be ripe for a rethink.
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Teaching Opinion Strategies for Teaching the 2024 Election (Hold on to Your Hat)
Even before entering into the content, craft agreements with students on the boundaries of what's up—and what's not up—for debate.
9 min read
Reading & Literacy Opinion Teacher Tips for Better Reading Instruction
Amid the reading wars, educators, researchers, and policymakers have been at odds over how to teach reading. Here is some tempered advice.
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Classroom Technology Opinion Why I Changed My Mind About Cellphones in the Classroom
A decade ago, I championed smartphones as a powerful learning tool—but a lot has changed since then.
Jody Passanisi
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Federal Opinion The Great Project 2025 Freakout
There's nothing especially scary in the Heritage Foundation's education agenda—nor is it a reliable gauge of another Trump administration.
6 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion What Does the Dangerous Political Climate Mean for Schools?
Educators and researchers offer advice for navigating political polarization in the classroom.
5 min read
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School Climate & Safety Opinion ‘We Cannot Stop a Bullet’: A Principal Demands Better Gun Laws
When guns are easily accessible, not even the Secret Service can prevent every threat. Why would we expect teachers to do better?
Tracey Runeare
5 min read
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Social Studies Opinion Celebrating Black History Education: A Collection
This year’s special Education Week Opinion project celebrating Black History Month focuses on what is going well in Black history education.
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School & District Management Opinion 'I Used to Think School Systems Were Broken': Educators Reflect
Changing your mind or evolving your thinking is not easy. Hear how these education leaders did just that.
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Hear how these Harvard education graduate students evolved their thinking around both their practice and work as systems leaders.
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In a biweekly Education Week column, experienced principals and other school leadership experts offer advice for their peers.
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Support Your Students Following a Traumatic News Day
Educators and researchers share their advice and reflections on how to respond to tragic events at home and abroad.
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