School Life

Fostering deeper engagement and opportunities for students to take charge of their own learning can be a challenging task for teachers.

Here are some articles to help guide you through the various challenges that lie ahead.

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Move Over Schoolyard BulliesRecess coaches put PLAY back into the playground, emphasizing game rules and good sportsmanship to help kids burn off energy and return to class eager and ready to learn.
Inside GuantanamoDespite hardship, teachers achieve excellent results at little-known U.S. schools in Cuba.
The Art of LearningAn after-school arts program in Virginia that provides at-risk girls with a mentor and an artistic outlet.
Rights Watch - Mauled on MySpaceFederal courts curb the power of school officials to punish student Internet speech
Time Is On Their SideA Massachusetts school has figured out how to make longer days work for everyone.
Square PegsKids with Asperger Syndrome are hoping you'll help them find a place in the classroom that fits just fine.
Rights Watch: Cyber Speak No EvilIn a flood of lawsuits, students are challenging punishment for ridiculing teachers and principals in cyberspace.
Why Carlos Went Back to SchoolResearch shows that students who see their culture represented in the curriculum get the most out of it.
Teaching Teachers to Reflect on RaceAs America's schools grow increasingly diverse, powerful educators can't be 'colorblind.'
Address Unknown - Educating Homeless StudentsHow do you assign homework to a kid without a home?
Six Miles in PasadenaStrike up the band! For students at the Ohio State School for the Blind, marching in the Tournament of Roses parade is just another step forward.
Four Jobs in One DayBookkeeper, lunch lady, classroom aide, and crossing guard -- it takes four different jobs to put together a single living wage.
Student Death--The Empty DeskWhen tragedy strikes down a student, the whole school community must respond.
The Power of OneThousands of gay and questioning students are dropping out of school, but you can help keep them there.
Local Partnerships to Transform Priority SchoolsPartnerships between priority schools and their communities help students succeed-in school and in life.
21st-Century LearnerSee how educators are employing the best in education technology to keep students engaged.
Stop Blaming TeachersThose who scapegoat teachers may have much to gain, but students have much more to lose.
Let's Talk About Sex (Education)What do kids really think about abstinence education? Their answers here.
Merry...? Happy...?If teaching the holidays has you at a loss, don't fret. We have ideas for making it work.
A Desert School BloomsHow National Board Certification helped transform a low-income school.
The Making of a Master EducatorIt takes learning from colleagues, listening to students, and lots of time.
Cash for Grades?PAYING students to make good grades and high test scores? See where it's happening, and why.
School PreparednessEducators face plenty of daily mini-disasters, from mysteriously missing homework to antsy second graders that will not sit still. But when real emergencies unfold, school personnel and students have to be prepared.
Taking the LeadMember-led innovation has students defying labels.
From Third Year to 30+ The challenges in education may not change too much over the years, but an educator does.
Testing Changes CourseA New Era is Here. Are Schools and Teachers Ready?
Legal Controversy Over Lesson PlansWho owns your work? Probably not you. Why your selling your lesson plans online could land you in a legal lurch.
The Long and Winding RoadFollow the route to school improvement taken by one California elementary school and learn more about the promising journey of a Washington State reservation school.