October 2013 Volume 79, No. 2
Learning About Love - Richard Wiessbourd and Rebecca Givens Rolland
How schools can better prepare students for romanticrelationships.
A Look at Why Most School Reforms Have Failed - American Teacher
Policies aimed at reducing poverty and inequality in the U.S. are needed to bring about real education reform.
Creativity: A Cure for the Common Curriculum - Dan Berrett
Students learn creative skills to work out problems they will inherit—such as climate change—that technology alone can’t solve.
Universities Train Entrepreneurs for K-12 Schools - Sean Cavanagh
Cultivating school leaders capable of bringing new ideas, products, and technologies to schools.
Lessons on Motivation from Nicki Minaj - Carol Rava Treat
Schools use celebrity wake-up calls, gaming, and friendly competitions to improve attendance and engage students.
Scholastic Journalism - Mary L. Stapp
Journalism education fuels academic growth, fosters community understanding, and leads to tangible skills development.
Communication, Compromise Key to Cross-Cultural Relationships - Mary Ann Lieser and Brian Willoughby
Finding a balance between cultures helps Amish and non-Amish students form relationships and achieve goals.
Coding for Middle Schoolers - Margo Pierce
Coding, which can require both logical and creative thinking, is a perfect practice for student interaction and collaboration.
The Humanities and Social Sciences - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
We must advance these programs to ensure a vibrant, competitive nation. Here are goals and recommendations.
Bilingual literacy campaign provides free books and resources.
Producing a New Breed of Teacher - Frank DiMaria
Coalitions recruit, train, and support high-visibility individuals to become STEM teachers in high-need schools.
Using Humor in the Classroom - Linda L. Ivy
Jokes and funny stories and videos can capture students’ attention, reduce anxiety, and make teachers more likable.
Early Learning: America’s Middle Class Promise Begins Early - U.S. Department of Education
Government’s goal: To provide quality preschool for every child.
Supporting Refugee and Migrant Children with F.A.C.E. Time - Aminata Cairo, Diane Sumney, Jill Blackman, and Katie Joyne
Program provides support beyond language and academics.
Mindfulness in Education - Tara Hornich-Lisciandro
Technique reduces anxiety and helps students succeed.