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“Bad Actors” must be held accountable!

Important piece by CTAC’s Joe Frey is linked below. To make education work for every student in America, we must have a strong array of options and meaningful choice in every community. Compelling non-profit and for-profit offerings are a must. But, when for-profit interests in financial results trump quality and academic results, that is just […]

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Are we Turning the Corner on Bullying?

Regarding the persistent problems of school bullying, I wonder if we are turning the corner?  Are kids standing up to these challenges in sufficient numbers?  Are we more regularly drilling to the core of personal and emotional problems driving these dangerous behaviors of the perpetrators?  This video clip give me hope… http://abc7chicago.com/society/4-star-chicagoan-female-rapper-lizzie-g-/2404204/

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Teacher/Academic Arrogance or?

Check out Jay M’s OpEd in Washington Post. When it comes to high school kids demonstrating mastery of a course or unit of study, come on now… No one thinks we should foster cheating, but don’t we know enough about varying forms of demonstrating mastery?! It doesn’t have to always be answering questions on a […]

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Leaders Abandoning Trump

Noting all these corporate and other leaders abandoning Trump’s various advisory committees and task forces. Can’t decide whether this is a good move from a leadership standpoint, or whether it would have been a better idea to attend the meetings, and confront POTUS and his staff on the multitude of issues they don’t get. And […]

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CICS Celebrates 20 years

20 years of great work for mostly underserved, under-represented kids in Chicago, CICS celebrated yesterday at the UIC Pavilion. Our Distinctive Schools team is proud to be a part of it all. Anxious for the work to continue in these college prep focused campuses. Have a great school year.

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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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