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By Newseditor 10/05/2016 7:06 PM EDT
Susan Johnson Moore
Everybody involved in K-12 education knows that new teachers tend to need a lot of extra support. What they may not fully grasp, however, is just how many new teachers are out there. As a segment of the total U.S. teaching force, their representation appears to be considerable. Nationally, 12 percent of all public school teachers are in their first or second year, according to an Education Week analysis of new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights. And in some states, that figure may be higher than 15 percent. The data, while under, are consistent with other...
By Newseditor 10/05/2016 7:04 PM EDT
The problem of how to attract and hang on to talented new teachers has dogged school districts across the country. Some novice teachers enter the classroom with little preparation and are left to sink or swim. It’s no surprise that as many as 50 percent of new teachers in high-needs schools leave the profession within five years, according to national studies of teacher retention. But would a different, more on-the-job form of training make a difference...? About half of the 15 candidates in Harvard’s new Teacher Fellows program are students of color, according to Katherine K. Merseth, a...
By Newseditor 09/26/2016 10:52 AM EDT
Victor Pereira
On the first day of class, the instructor handed out spaghetti, string, tape, and marshmallows to the eight students gathered around a table and asked them to build the tallest possible freestanding structure and place the marshmallow on top, in 18 minutes. Created by the designer and author Tom Wujec to foster teamwork, leadership, and creativity, the “marshmallow challenge” was the perfect tool for Victor Pereira Jr. to start his “Introduction to Teaching Science” course on a summer afternoon. “Science is about problem-solving and collaboration,” Pereira, a lecturer in education at the ...
By Newseditor 09/08/2016 10:44 AM EDT
Dana McCoy
When Arne Duncan gave his final speech as secretary of education last December – much more of an emotional plea than a formal administrative task – he did so from the basement of a church on the South Side of Chicago. The congregation had just mourned the death of Tyshawn Lee, a 9-year-old boy who was lured into an alley and executed by gang members after playing at a nearby park. The incident, though heartbreaking, wasn’t unique. As Duncan, who labored through the speech in tears, noted, through the first six years of his time in Washington, more than 16,000 young people in the U.S. were...
By Newseditor 08/25/2016 5:41 PM EDT
Inside the Mind of a Teacher
“We have [long] known about the social class differences in health and learning outcomes,” says Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. But neuroscience has now linked the environment, behavior and brain activity—and that could lead to a stunning overhaul of both educational and social policies, like rethinking Head Start–style programs that have traditionally emphasized early literacy. New approaches, he says, could focus on social and emotional development as well, since science now tells us that relationships and interactions with the...
By Newseditor 07/12/2016 5:10 PM EDT
Roland Fryer
A new study on police force found no bias against black civilians in police shootings in 10 cities and counties, including Houston. It did find bias against blacks in every other type of force, like the use of hands or batons. The study provoked debate after it was posted on Monday, mostly about the volume of police encounters and the scope of the data it used. Below, the author of the study, Roland G. Fryer Jr., a professor of economics at Harvard, answered questions from readers. What about the chance of a police encounter? Mr. Fryer’s study looked only at what happens once the police have...
By Newseditor 06/09/2016 4:48 PM EDT
The Costs of Poverty
What does helping a 3-year-old control her temper tantrums have to do with reducing global poverty? Quite a lot, says Dana McCoy. A professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, McCoy is lead author of a study that offers a rare look at how well toddlers across the world's 132 low- and middle-income countries are mastering five core skills — including maintaining attention, following simple directions, getting along with others and controlling aggressive behavior like kicking and hitting. The study's finding: About one out of three kids age 3 or 4 — accounting for 80 million children...
By Newseditor 05/04/2016 4:21 PM EDT
Jack Shonkoff
A group of scholars at Harvard University is spearheading a campaign to make sure the early-childhood programs policymakers put in place to disrupt intergenerational poverty are backed by the latest science. The idea sounds entirely reasonable, but it’s all too rare in practice, says Jack P. Shonkoff, the director of the university’s Center on the Developing Child and the chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. That’s because program grants and policies are generally structured in ways that incentivize “positive” results. Agreements along the lines of, “We’ll give...
By Newseditor 02/08/2016 2:20 PM EST
Counseling Week
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