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Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking

The CoolCatTeacher

The “Open Middle” math problem format is NOT talking about middle school math, although it applies to middle, high school, elementary, and even college math just the same.

5 Ways to Empower Girls

The CoolCatTeacher

Lynn Colón – Bio As Submitted Lynmara Colón brings the perspective of a teacher, assistant principal, and principal positions she has held since joining education in 2003 to her work in literacy. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education through Old Dominion University.

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What’s the Link Between a School’s Budget and Efficacy? Stanford University Challenges Prevailing Beliefs


The purpose of this study was to determine how educators can best improve educational opportunity for all children, particularly low socioeconomic status (SES) and marginalized students. Our Commitment to Equity in Education for All.

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How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences


For Educators: How to Run a Parent-Teacher Conference. Avoid using educational jargon, which can confuse parents who aren’t as familiar with elementary teaching terms.[7]. Educational Leadership, April 1999, 56(7), pp. Educational Leadership, April 1996, 53(7), pp.

OPINION: Four ways that Mississippi is teaching more children to read well

The Hechinger Report

Mississippi’s gains came as students in many states did worse in 2019 than they did in 2017 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — to the disappointment of leaders, educators and parents across the United States.

Black teachers matter, for students and communities

The Hechinger Report

Meaning, society is better off when students see diversity in the ranks of teachers rather than when they hear lessons about the importance of inclusion from a monolithic group of educators. But there’s more at stake than the educational benefits of having black teachers for black students.

How to build an engineer: Start young

The Hechinger Report

Aliah Corona and Dakkota Ryf, both 8 in this photo, check the force it takes to move a bag of potatoes six inches using wheels during their third-grade STEAM enrichment class at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, Washington. Related: Will new standards improve elementary science education?

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When school districts fall into debt and can’t get out

The Hechinger Report

In 2003, before the Great Recession, Whitmore Lake was like thousands of other school districts across the country. Even in states that allocate education funding for capital construction the money is typically a limited pot of funds rather than a guarantee.

Strategies for Surviving All Types of Assessments

It can create concern in elementary and middle school students that if they don’t perform well, they are in danger of being held back or not graduating high school. Create a theme-based party and celebrate your students’ accomplishments and commitment to their education.

How to Introduce Engineering Principles Early to Help Inspire Interest in STEM


This story about STEM education was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. The Museum of Science in Boston isn’t the only provider of engineering curricula for elementary school students.

‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for black children in the South

The Hechinger Report

But a troubled school system is nothing new in a state that has long failed to provide all of its children with an equal, integrated education. Holmes decision, black students in the Mississippi Delta remain shut out from an equal education. Like federal Education Secretary DeVos, Gov.