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Miseducation of America
It’s been eight years since the Common Core State Standards were unveiled and states began adopting them for use in their evaluation programs.  The firestorm of controversy which initially greeted their introduction into American education from both sides of the political aisle seems to have died down somewhat and presently the Common Core appears to...
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Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind law in 2001, there’s been a requirement that schools (at least those receiving federal funds), use ”evidence-based” research to back-up the effectiveness of an instructional intervention in the classroom.  The evidence-based research most often regarded as optimal is the experimental or randomized control trial (RCT).  This...
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Back in the early 1970’s when I was just starting my career in education as a student at the University of Massachusetts School of Education, I visited the St. Paul Open School, where the principal was Wayne B. Jennings.  My guide through the school I remember was a little boy, perhaps first grade, who had...
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Today the Washington Post blog ”The Answer Sheet” by Valerie Strauss, ran an excerpt from my book The Power of the Adolescent Brain:  Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students.  To read, click here. 
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Here is a link to an interview I did with Rod Berger on edCircuit about how we need to pay attention to recent research on adolescent brain development as we reform our secondary schools. It is based on my new book The Power of the Adolescent Brain:  Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students.
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