ESSA, First Round Feedback

By Adriana Jarquin, CEI Intern As the transition period for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes to an end, states are beginning to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year by submitting their new education plans to the U.S. Department of Education. All states are required to submit new accountability plans to be peer reviewed[…]

Education’s Role in Nurturing Children in Finland

By Rachel Kelly, CEI Intern While the education system in the United States has created more competitive standardized tests and strict guidelines to ensure that American students keep up with the rest of the world, Finland is taking the opposite approach. Finland has eased up on expectations and standards, with less emphasis on testing and[…]

National Call for Inclusive Values

CEI supports this call for inclusivity The following organizations have sent out a national call for inclusivity and the banishment of fear in our schools: The School Superintendents Association (AASA) American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)[…]

CEI Partners -The Collaboration Nation Survey

CEI has taken on a new research effort! We are partnering with Collaboration Nation to uncover how collaboration skills are taught in schools and what more needs to be done. More and more in the working world, collaborative skills are a desired quality in a job candidates. Are we preparing our children in the classroom[…]

New Ways to Engage Students: Makerspaces

By Grace Rubenstein, CEI Intern Take the leap and join one of the latest innovations in STEM education at the primary and secondary school level. A makerspace can be in a school, a library, and even a museum. Any location commonly visited by children is the perfect point of interception for developing minds. Through age[…]

Careful the Things You Say

By Amber Nicole Dilger, CEI Associate In Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Into the Woods, there’s a haunting song that warns us: Careful the things you say, Children will listen. Careful the things you do, Children will see, and learn. Click to listen to my recording of ‘Children Will Listen.’ Our Feedback. In my work as a[…]

Music and Brain Science

By Amber Nicole Dilger, CEI Associate,¬†and Christine Mason. Are you incorporating music in your classrooms, cafeteria, and hallways? Perhaps it is piped into the school offices? Music is a Curious Thing. Archaeologists have found flutes that were created around 42,000 years ago. The location of cave paintings made over 10,000 years ago interestingly point to[…]

First Generation College Students

By Marielle Byhouwer, CEI Intern For me, college was not a question. I attended a college prep high school where the majority of graduates went on to college. My entire life, I was surrounded by people who saw attending college as fundamental as attending kindergarten. This supportive environment is a privilege that children of lower[…]