The universal design for learning plans for all students

Teachers have always had students who, for whatever reason, have difficulty participating fully in class. In the past, these students were dismissed as "problem children" or declared unable to learn. Today, however, teachers are increasingly using a set of principles termed the universal design for learning (UDL) to reach all their students....more

School desegregation back in the news

I wrote early this year about my own experiences as a high school student in a magnet program established at a time when magnet programs were one tool in desegregating schools in the U.S. My experience was as a white student in a school where representation by ethnicity was carefully balanced, with no one group constituting more than about 20 percent of the student body....more

i believe that desegragation is moving forward. Everywhere you go you see more black people ...more

Are Americans Too Stupid to Think? - Thoughts On Literacy

It is National Information Literacy Awareness Month 2009. I belong to a listserv of that is concerned about libraries and information literacy. Let me tell you, they were doing the virtual happy dance that information literacy was being acknowledge. Sure there is not a bunch of pink ribbons for information literacy like there are for Breast Cancer Awareness but it is a start. Symbolically, we could all donate a dollar secretly to a library in a random act of kindness. ...more

I love your phrase: "being a conduit not a critic."  I feel your frustration, anger, ...more

À AIMER: The Joys of Getting Sick in France, Part Four

 Today the Washington Post reported that the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill, if passed, "would require people to buy insurance or face penalties ranging up to $1,900, to be assessed on their income tax returns."...more

Help fund school projects in your area

October has always been one of my favorite months of they year. Nice weather, Canadian Thanksgiving, my birthday, Halloween and let's face it, anything is better than September. But really, the best thing about October is the DonorsChoose Social Media Challenge (formerly known as the DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge.) ...more

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Women of Antarctica

It's not as difficult as one might think to get to Antarctica; there are all kinds of tours that will take you down there for a few days. But it's considerably harder to plan and undertake research in Antarctica. Fortunately, for those of us who fear hypothermia or who lack scientific credentials, a number of women researchers in Antarctica have blogged their adventures. As Antarctica heads into its summer, women are gearing up to return to the seventh continent....more

New Survey Says Moms Shut OUt of Health Care Reform Debate

Moms make the majority of health care decisions for American consumers, but many feel health care policy makers are ignoring them, according to a new nationwide survey completed this week. ...more

Kitsch Factor - Where Do You Keep Your Velvet Painting?

Art is subjective; it can be quantified as being beautiful, inspirational or for the early painters a form of reporting the events of the day. Kitsch is more like syrup on top of ice cream. It is of the heart, the emotions and a strong dose of guilty pleasures. There are times when it is hard to tell what is art and what is kitsch. ...more

Thanks for writing on this! Love it! Did you know kitsch comes from the German word kitschen ...more

National Academic Standards Draft Released

Earlier this week, a panel of experts charged by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers with crafting a set of national academic standards for English and mathematics skills released the first official draft of the standards. The draft outlines those skills students are expected to have developed prior to graduating from high school....more

There is no reason why a child in Mississippi shouldn't have the same standards as a child in ...more

The Diversity in Science Carnival is Back!

Diversity in Science Carnival is back ...more