Learning and the Brain

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I went to this three-day conference over the weekend along with about a 1,000 teachers and 50 researchers. We were treated to a most informative set of ideas with Keynote speakers like Sir Ken Robinson, Bob Sternberg, Jerome Kagen, Mariale … Continued

Armistice Day

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100 years ago, the Allies of World War I signed the agreement to accept the Surrender of the Germans and the cessation of hostilities everywhere. On the anniversary of this historic ending of a World War, we remember the acts … Continued

Professional Practice in the Arts

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In this era of multiple proposals for improving schools, the arts provide an interesting strategy that combines natural engagement with increased learning. The arts are always perceived as fun and interesting to students. They expect to have choices in the … Continued

Changing Testing Accountability

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Texas Miracle After the 1983 landmark study called, “A Nation at Risk,” some of the locusts of accountability shifted away from teachers, the principal and schools and towards testing scores. The idea of using test scores to hold schools accountable … Continued

Birth of A Baby

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Mother’s Milk It is hard to ignore the event of birth and its implications for children’s learning. In case this seems like a reach for educational study, consider the response many years ago by the head of the Carnegie Endowment, … Continued

National Arts in Education Week

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This past week was the National Arts in Education Week all across our country. I was in Indianapolis for the Arts Education Partnership annual convening where local and national arts organizations presented evidence of their work in schools as teaching … Continued

Teaching Artist Training

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In order for teachers to learn how to use the arts in their classroom, proper teacher training programs must integrate the arts. There are many ways for teachers to learn about the arts and most of them take place in … Continued