Wharton Grads Give Back to Their Alma Mater

Many of us have strong feelings for the schools that gave us the skills to succeed in our chosen fields. This is certainly true for graduates of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Several of them have stepped in to serve on their postgrad alma mater’s governing board. Some of the most prestigious […]

Special Education Teacher’s Students Join Her Wedding Party

Kinsey French is a bride like many others—beautiful, young, and preparing to be married before all of her friends and family. Her family is a little bigger than most. French is a teacher at Christian Acadamy’s Providence School in Louisville, Kentucky. For the past three years, she’s taught in special education, and her students are […]

New Study Shows That Students Prefer Teachers of Color

While a growing majority of children in public education are students of color, about 80 percent of teachers are white. It’s important that teachers have connections to their students, and that connection is very much improved when a student has access to teachers who “look like them.” Previously, studies have found that “race matching”—assigning black or […]

Kamaria Downs Fought for Pregnant Students’ Rights

Today, Kamaria Downs is 23 and an elementary school teacher in Greenville, South Carolina. She is also the mother of a nearly-two-year-old daughter, Ryann. And she’s making a footprint on education in her state, though not in the way one might expect. Two years ago, when she was a student in her senior year at […]

Africa Faces a Drastic Teacher Shortage

For World Teacher Day, October 5, the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) released the results of a worldwide survey of ongoing teacher shortages. The first survey on the topic of this scale, it isn’t encouraging anywhere, but the numbers in sub-Saharan Africa in particular point to an oncoming educational crisis. The southern three-quarters of the […]

New Software Can Detect Speech and Language Disorders Early

For kids with speech and language disorders, early intervention can make a world of difference. But according to research at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, 60 percent of these children may not even be diagnosed until they’re in Kindergarten. Sometimes it takes even longer than that. At that point, those disorders can have a huge […]

Maryland School Adopts Gender-Neutral Homecoming Court

In recognition of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student population, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Montgomery County, Maryland, will stop referring to the Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen and call them Homecoming Royalty. Students in each grade will vote for two classmates of any sex or gender. The winners of the votes will get […]

CUNY to Waive Application Fees for Low-Income Students

In the past, the City University of New York has offered to waive its $65 application fee for only the most needy of students. However, that still left the application fee as a substantial barrier for many other students who didn’t meet CUNY’s formerly stringent guidelines. This year, CUNY will waive application fees for all […]

For-Profit Trade Schools Prey Upon Poor Urban Youth

For-profit trade schools are predicated on getting people to pay, up front, for a short program that will get them a well-paying job. Like any other for-profit school, however, the reality is less than the promise. Students who attend these schools accumulate large debts to pay for their training and ending up with no better […]

Student Spotlight: Emma Yang

Emma Yang compares learning to program to finding a superpower or learning to use the Force. It was that powerful to her, right from the beginning. Born in Hong Kong to a STEM household (her father is in computer science, her mother is a mathematician), Yang learned to program at home when she was eight […]

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