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Emotional Engagement, Looking Beyond Test Scores

In a recent article David Brooks states, “Education is one of those spheres where the heart is inseparable from the head.” If students are to succeed, the best possible conditions for them, for anyone, is to come from a home where they feel safe and secure. Experiencing strong attachments to family and friends allow them to bond with teachers […]

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Music Ed. Accelerates Development of Auditory, Speech, and Language Skills

The study of music seems to have helped accelerate cognitive development, and particularly the auditory and speech and language-processing abilities, of a group of young children in Los Angeles.  The students are taught using an approach based on El Sistema, developed in Venezuela. They receive free instruments and intensive, regular training from adult musicians. To […]

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Why so many Marginalized Students are left out of Gifted Education

A preliminary giftedness test given to all second-graders at a Broward County, Florida school has proved incredibly beneficial for the improving the academics of all students. The traditional system relied on nominations from teachers and parents, giving students who come from families with more resource an unfair advantage over their just as intelligent, but marginalized […]

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Congrats! CICS West Belden Featured in EdSurge

Using technology in the classroom is now the standard, but teachers and schools must decide which tools to use and how to implement them. Distinctive Schools‘ CICS West Belden is among the schools interviewed about technology in the classroom for a recent EdSurge article. In conjunction with LEAP Innovation, West Belden has been narrowing down tools […]

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Do Military Recruiters Belong in Public Schools?

The United States Armed Forces can offer an incomparable opportunity for our country’s youth: paid college tuitions, specialised training, marketable skills, discipline and integrity. A course through the Armed Forces can turn into a lifelong career. This much acknowledged, do recruiters belong in the Public School System? Out of all of the developed countries in […]

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7 Solutions to the 7 Threats to High School Graduation

In the United States, we have indeed seen a tremendous improvement in high school graduation rates. Yet the numbers of high school dropouts still hover around half a million annually. In this brief article, the seven greatest threats to high school completion are explored, along with proposed solutions to each.

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The Crisis Facing Young African Americans in Chicago

Nationwide, the dropout and unemployment rates of African American youth are significantly higher than white/Caucasian counterparts. These numbers are rooted in systemic issues widely acknowledged and agreed upon by educational and civic professionals. Looking forward as a society, we attempt to bridge that gap; ideally, there would be genuinely equal economic and educational opportunity, regardless […]

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Self-Assessment

Formative assessments are an invaluable tool utilized by educators to indicate educational growth and progress in students. Gust Elementary School in Denver has begun to utilize student self-assessment, with some indicators of success. Students are given a rubric, or key indicator of what their work ‘should’ look like. With the guidance of their teacher, they […]

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How Tech Start Ups May Change Education As We Know It

This enlightening article explores in detail how tech start ups hold the potential to revolutionize education. The traditional classroom environment comes with limitations; educators are usually stuck with a set curriculum that needs to be covered within a specific time-frame. Furthermore, the student-to-teacher ratio makes individualized learning nearly impossible. While teachers undoubtedly do their best […]

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The Controversy Around AP Courses

Throughout the country there has been a gradual shift towards pushing for more AP (Advanced Placement) Courses; specifically, a push for higher enrollment within them.  AP Courses are typically offered to high school students with no upfront cost to them (the school district pays about $90 per AP exam taken). Successful completion of an AP […]

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