News and Politics


The Virtues of Immigration + Education

The American education system is an area of much debate and opinion. While we always attempt to present fair view points regarding any issue on this blog, it doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally miss issues entirely. One of those issues is immigration...

How To Build A Better Teacher

The New York Times Magazine has an excellent piece profiling Doug Lemov, previously a teacher, charter school founder and currently an educational consultant to help teachers become more effective. With so many failed attempts in the past by the government, Lemov took it upon himself to make a change...

Stemming The Dropout Rate

During the last election one of the major issues relevant to my peers and I was Obama’s plan for education. As current students we realized that any projects Obama planned to fund and execute would have little to no affect on our college experience...

Should You Go To Grad School?

Graduating in 2009, as I did, was a difficult time for many of my peers. The rough, volatile economic conditions forced many graduates to reevaluate their post-college plans. Without a job, what would they do? Find an internship? Start a company? Job hunt? Sit at home? Go to law school or grad school?...

Movement Learning

I remember in elementary school I was forced, or highly encouraged, to learn twenty or more vocab words for a weekly vocabulary quiz. The quiz would be a mix of fill in the blank, matching and context questions that I’d cram to study for the night before...

Discussion: Making College Relevant

This post is part of the Teachers Certification Map’s “discussion series,” a collection of posts featuring highlights and questions around the evolving state of education aimed at enlightening young teachers as they embark on their careers...