The Critical Importance of Community Engagement in Schools

Research has demonstrated repeatedly and convincingly that parental and community involvement in schools leads to improved academic and behavioral outcomes for the children. One study found that family participation in education was twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times […]

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Why We Must Teach 21st Century Workplace Skills

The skills we all need in today’s information-age workplace are very different from the skills required not so long ago. Mid- and late-20th century jobs built on the assembly line required physical strength and a work ethic. Pre-computer office jobs required reading and math literacy, and some critical thinking skills for those in management. Jobs […]

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The Value of Teaching Assistants

Robust debate about teaching assistants (TAs) in the pedagogical community has forced schools to consider seriously the return on investment of hiring second adults in classrooms. The findings on the subject have been nuanced, which has led to confusion in the general public. Several studies have found that TAs were not necessarily having the desired […]