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Khan Academy

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free.

What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.

Testing Teachers

Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers say the achievement gap between poor children and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor kids got better teachers.

How to make teachers better
Special to Marketplace | Published October 4, 2010 1:20 PM
Today on Marketplace, reporter Emily Hanford has a story about new tactics being used in the effort to improve teachers and education. The piece is a special based on her documentary series Testing Teachers from American RadioWorks, the national documentary unit of American Public Media. Here, Emily shares more from her reporting and links to more information and resources.

New ideas for better teachers and schools

Education Nation - NBC News

Education Nation seeks to engage the public, through thoughtful dialogue, in pursuit of the shared goal of providing every American with an opportunity to pursue the best education in the world.

The Achievement Council

The Achievement Councilís goal is to improve pre-K through 12th grade outcomes for urban and low-income youth so that all students are prepared to succeed at the highest levels including graduation from a 4 year college or university.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

The Education Trust

The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, kindergarten through college.  Their basic tenet is: All children will learn at high levels when they are taught at high levels.  College Begins in Kindergarten.

Education Week on the Web
Education Source

Information on accountability, assessment, school finance and standards

Eric Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation

GEAR UP, Office of Education, Washington D.C.

Middle School Reform

Resources for educators and parents

National Center for Education Statistics

NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the US and other nations

Statistical Analysis Report: Fathers' Involvement in Their Children's Schools

National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities


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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 ... More

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

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

Writing About Values Boosts Grades, Shrinks Achievement GapThe surprising result, published this week in the journal Science, suggests a new way to combat the persistent achievement gap in grades, test scores and graduation rates between black and white students, according to the researchers. "The intervention is relatively brief, but it's powerful in a lot of ways," says Geoffrey Cohen, a social psychologist at the University of Colorado. Cohen and his colleagues followed more than 400 seventh-grade students at a suburban public school in Connecticut. ... More

In the Affluent Suburbs, an Invisible Race Gapby MICHAEL WINERIP

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