Welcome to the first installation of “The Teachers’ Lounge,” a forum where the often overlooked voice of teachers can be heard. Through our regular blog we will address trends, best practices and the real challenges educators, students and families face every day. In conjunction with the NewsHour’s American Graduate profile of a school that uses games as a tool for engagement, our blog further explores play in the classroom and research that suggests it can be a helpful strategy for teachers. Continue reading
It took seven people to create the “Golden Medallion” spy adventure video game and its advertising campaign. They did their own coding, conducted a beta test, created a website, a commercial and an instagram feed, and they came up with incentives to get people to play. And not one of the seven had even finished sixth grade. Continue reading
Veterans can receive the full cost of a college education under the GI Bill, but recently funds from the bill have flowed mostly to for-profit schools, even though veterans’ prospects are often not appreciably better after attending them. Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting explores the growing scrutiny on the destination of this federal funding. Continue reading
As part of the initiative, the Education Department said it will ask states to develop new, comprehensive educator equity plans. It is also investing $4.2 million to start a new technical assistance network to help states and districts create and implement their plans. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university’s integration of athletics and education.
In a 60-page brief filed with the labor board in Washington just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, the university laid out its opposition to student athletes forming a union and asked to argue its case before the board. Continue reading
A growing number of states are dropping the Common Core education standards. And several states committed to keeping the guidelines have postponed implementation. Jeffrey Brown talks to Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and Carmel Martin of the Center for American Progress about the backlash behind the standards, and the debate that lies ahead. Continue reading
The change stems from a high-profile, bipartisan deal brokered last year by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama that ties the rates to the financial markets. Interest rates go from 3.86 to 4.66 percent on undergraduate Stafford loans. Graduate student loans go from 5.41 percent to 6.21 percent. Interest rates on Plus loans for parents go from 6.41 percent to 7.21 percent. Continue reading
How often do students get to time-travel back to 1770 Boston, talk to both patriots and loyalists, witness a brawl between local workers and British soldiers and then duck as troops open fire and the Boston Massacre sparks the American Revolution?
The Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee spent Thursday morning in a hearing about how campuses handle reporting sexual crimes and how they can better be prevented from Department of Education officials, students and sexual violence prevention advocate. Continue reading