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When My Son Turned Five Years Old, I Opened My Own School

Shawn Brumfield is the founder and director of Pasadena Rosebud Academy a public charter school in Altadena, California. Brumfield didn’t set out to become a school founder but along her journey she discovered the glaring gaps that exist in education and knew she needed to make her contribution. When...

Get Out of Your Own Way and Help Your Students Show What They Know

Last quarter, one of the options I gave my students for their final assessment was to make a book trailer. Jonathan (not his real name) made a trailer about the "Five Nights at Freddy’s" book series. Watching it was an eye-opening experience. For one thing, it was damn good....

We Started Hybrid Homeschooling Because of a Pandemic. Now Could It Heal Our Fractured Communities?

While researching my new book, “Hybrid Homeschooling: A Guide to the Future of Education,” I spoke with a group of families who send their children to a hybrid homeschool in the Midwest. When I asked what drew them to their school, one dad’s answer stopped me in my tracks. When...

Digital Equity for All Students Has Never Been a More Attainable Goal

With the American Rescue Plan (ARP) officially signed into law, the nation’s public school systems will soon have an additional $126 billion to navigate challenges brought on by the pandemic. That leaves state education leaders with a burning question: How can that funding be used to address the most...

Check Out This Catholic School Partnering With Parents To Meet Their Kids’ Needs

Why should you consider a Catholic school while you look for the best educational options for your child? Many would agree that the most important job of a parent is to mold, guide, and educate their children to become upstanding, contributing members of society. We imagine our children growing up and...

WEDNESDAY: Join the Day of Action to Get Students Connected to Broadband

A year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down U.S. schools. A year into the pandemic, 12 million students still lack adequate broadband access at home. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already has millions of dollars for broadband in schools and libraries in a program called E-Rate. But right now those...

Students Should Organize, Just Like Their Teachers

In school, students are powerless. A progressive school may have a student government whose input they consider when making decisions, but ultimately, all the decisions are still made by a group of school directors composed of administrators, teachers, and—depending on the type of school you attend—government officials, parents, board...

We Need to Get to the Bottom of Why We Still Haven’t Reopened Schools

A year ago this month, schools across America made the well-meaning and appropriate decision to shutter their doors as an unknown, deadly virus swept our nation. As the year progressed, the decisions to keep schools closed were anything but well-meaning and appropriate—they were immoral and reckless. Those who have stood...

The Data Bears It Out, Educational Freedom Means Higher Educational Achievement

When I became a parent, it seems like ages ago, my favorite book to read to my sons was “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” As a social scientist, I appreciated the book’s message that actions have consequences that often delight. Thus, I was especially eager to pull...

Florida Legislature Working Quickly to Expand School Voucher Program

Florida may be on the verge of a major new school choice initiative to put more cash in families’ pockets to make their own decisions about their kids’ education.  The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Sunshine State’s House of Representatives, run by Republicans, has introduced their own version of...