Curiously Common: A Blog Series Keeping You Curious about the Common Nature of Education

By Elijah Mercer, CEI Education Policy and Communications Intern Arizona is making strides to improve its instructional practices for teachers and students, but not without political push back related to Common Core as well as teacher quality criticism. Up and Down Battle. While Arizona has adopted the Common Core Standards, the state’s battle to implement
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Curiously Common: A Blog Series Keeping You Curious about the Common Nature of Education

By Elijah Mercer, CEI Intern CEI recognizes that school principals, other educational leaders, and teachers are bombarded with input regarding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While some information is useful, in other cases the information has contributed to a growing resistance to effective implementation. Since 2010, 46 states have adopted the Common Core Curriculum
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Many Parents, Teachers Think Common Core Testing Is Overwhelming

By Elijah Mercer, CEI Intern The debate concerning the implementation of Common Core testing standards is now shifting from policy makers and researchers to an increasing number of parents and teachers. There are several factors affecting the pushback. Unclear governing regulations. While some parents and educators are simply concerned with ‘testitis,’ or the instructional time
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Arne Duncan Offers Insight into Challenges of Testing

By Nick Jones, CEI Intern In a recent Washington Post opinion piece by Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education calls for a balanced approach to 21st education reform, in particular, the ever so controversial notion of standardized testing. Duncan’s article serves as a snapshot of the many elements affecting student achievement in the United States.
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CEI Visits Chesterfield Academy

By Nick Jones, CEI Intern Last month, the CEI team of Dr. Chris Mason, Liz Parry, and Sue Mullane visited Chesterfield Academy to offer solutions on how to integrate engaging STEM learning moments in curriculum. There, teachers fossilized seashells, constructed a tower of index cards, and launched paper-and-straw rockets ‘“ all in the name of
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Ethnic Minority Students Become Majority in the Classroom

By Nick Jones, CEI Intern This fall marks the first school year that ethnic and racial minority students are the majority in public schools. Such a shift in classroom demographics means that teachers will have to assess how to best meet their students’ needs all the while pushing for better test scores. Addressing academic weaknesses
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Your Journey this Year

“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” John O’Donohue By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director Last week I suggested that you begin the year by planning for the history you wish to record in May 2015. Yet, as Irish poet, philosopher, and environmental activist John
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Arts Integration

By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern. Arts Education has frequently taken a backseat to the concepts of 21st century learning, something, and STEM. While teachers regularly consider how to integrate science and technology into their reading and math initiatives, they rarely consider the positive effects of Arts Integration. Just as effective as STEM integration, the arts
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