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Top 10 List

A list of 10 achievable actions states can implement to accelerate statewide high school education reforms.

  1. Creating a permanent Education Roundtable or Commission to foster coordination between early childhood, K-12 and higher education;
  2. Defining a rigorous college and work preparatory curriculum for high school graduation;
  3. Challenging business, education, parent, community and faith-based organizations to support initiatives that improve college awareness;
  4. Giving college and work-readiness assessments in high school;
  5. Creating statewide common course agreements so that college-level work in high school counts towards a postsecondary credential;
  6. Providing financial incentives for disadvantaged students to take rigorous AP exams and college-preparatory and college-level courses;
  7. Expanding college-level learning opportunities in high school to minorities, English language learners, low-income students and youth with disabilities;
  8. Helping get low-performing students back on track by designing literacy and math recovery programs;
  9. Developing and fund supports to help students pass the high school exit exam; and
  10. Developing statewide pathways to industry certification.

Source: 2005 National Education Summit
on High Schools



An interview with Dr. Richard Nisbett Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane | April 20, 2009

In his new book, "Intelligence and How to Get It," social psychologist RICHARD NISBETT argues that environmental factors, specifically formal education, can improve measurable intelligence. His work goes against the theory much of intelligence can be attributed to genetics ...

How (Not) to Nurture Children Forum with Michael Krasny Sep 4, 2009 -- 10:00 AM

We welcome Po Bronson for an in-studio conversation on his latest book, "NurtureShock," which upends many commonly held beliefs about how best to nurture our children. Bronson is co-author with Ashley Merryman of "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children." More

Talk of the Nation, April 14, 2009
Education Tuning Shows What Students Learned - Sure, many students take Psych 101, but do they all actually know the same things? A new approach at some universities, known as education tuning, will require that degrees reflect a defined set of skills, rather than a list of the courses a student took.



It appears that my worst fears have been realized: we have made progress in everything yet nothing has changed.
--Derrick Bell, 1987

Education is a social process ... Education is growth.... Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.
-- John Dewey

"Parents have become so convinced educators know what is best for children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts."
-- Marian Wright Edelman

"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey."
-- John Hope Franklin

What black parents must do now ...By CLARENCE PAGE

AS the black parent of a teenager, I share the recently publicized pain of some black high school parents in Shaker Heights, an affluent suburb of Cleveland.

Distressed that their teen-aged children's grades were lagging behind those of their white counterparts, despite having similar socioeconomic advantages in the racially mixed school district, the black parents organized their own investigation. ... More

Economic Mobility in Black and WhiteTalk of the Nation on NPR

January 31, 2008 · All parents hope that their children will climb to the next rung of the economic ladder — but success may depend in part on the color of their skin. Studies show that while many white children fare better than their parents, black children are increasingly worse off than the previous generation.

Guests: John Morton, managing director of economic policy at the Pew Charitable Trust and Ellis Cose, contributing editor and columnist for Newsweek; author of The Rage of a Privileged Class. ... More

Redefining What It Means to Be Black in America
Critics have long decried the "hip-hop" image of pimps, thugs and criminals that seems to define black cultural images in the media. A new poll of black attitudes suggests a growing number of black Americans agree.

The poll finds that a growing number of black Americans think it's no longer appropriate to think of black people as a single race. Many also say that weak families — not racism — is what's keeping poor blacks down today. NPR's Juan Williams, who was written frequently on race, reflects on the findings... More

In the Affluent Suburbs, an Invisible Race Gap


ACROSS America, there may be two or three dozen suburban school districts similar to this one, towns like Evanston, Ill.; Shaker Heights, Ohio; Arlington, Va.; White Plains. They are heavily upper middle class, are racially mixed and feature high quality public schools. ... More



From Last to Leader: How Building Partnerships Between Education Researchers and Educators Helped Chicago Schools








Ohio | Eye on Education


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