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

By Elijah Mercer, CEI Education Policy and Communications Intern Arkansas’ particularly high need, rural education district is historically highlighted for its challenges. The state adopted the Common Core Standards in July 2010 with some minor modifications. The main issues with Common Core in Arkansas are nothing new. A lack of computers for testing in high-need
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Brains, the Common Core & Leadership

I am participating this weekend in a conference on Learning and the Brain. Actually multi-tasking with my iPad as I listen to lectures that tell us that the human brain was not designed for sitting hours on end to absorb information. We were designed of course to be active hunters and gathers, outside, interacting with
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Building Dreams in Entrepreneurship Education

By Suzan Mullane. Obama’s 2011 American Jobs Act Speech emphasized the importance of small businesses; he recognized that entrepreneurship creates jobs. Tellingly, as more baby boomers retire, a well-trained workforce that offers innovative solutions to health care and green energy are essential in a competitive global economy. But where do we start? Some educators say
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My Early STEM Years, K-6

By Suzan Mullane. As an educator in the Anchorage School District, I spent part of my teaching tenure, with grades K-6th. Great memories, particularly science memories! But I admit I was spoiled. I had the opportunity and luxury to use the FOSS Science System developed by The University of California, Berkley. Anchorage School District (ASD)
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Common Core and Worrying Possibilities…

By Suzan Mullane. Today, I talked to a veteran high school principal who discussed his concerns regarding the rigor of Common Core. Yes, I’m a bit worried. Our AP classes and honor students will master the extra rigor quite successfully; in fact, when we conducted our curriculum alignment evaluations, as compared to Common Core, our
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The Pursuit

I have been focused recently on best practices in education and have been reflecting on some of the teachers and schools that have excelled.  I remember about a decade ago when Edutopia described a teacher from Everett, Washington who was working with her students on architectural projects.  This was shortly after NCLB came out, and
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Learning and Young Children

I recently returned from a visit to an international school in Dubai. One of the most impressive things I observed was the respect that teachers showed young children.  One teacher, when she heard that some of the children had already read a particularly story, asked the group if they would like to hear the story again.
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