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A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

-Frederick Douglass

BE Smart > K-12

1,000 books
Your Child Can Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

I learned about the 1,000 Books Foundation after reading about the 4-year-old phenomenon who has…

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reading
Here’s How To Make Your Child Love to Read

I have a friend who used to read her daughter’s high school textbooks to her…

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comic books
#ReadersUnite — Don’t Forget Comic Books

Although I’m not a particular fan of comic books, I do recognize how comic books…

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John King
On the Record with John King, President Obama’s Education Secretary

The other day I spoke with U.S. Education Secretary John King for a final interview.…

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College Advising Corps
College Advising Corps Places Counselors in High-Need Schools

College Advising Corps partners with about 25 colleges and places highly trained college graduates—69% of…

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school
Racism and Hatred Have No Place on Our Nation’s School Boards

The Buffalo School Board is to be commended for its swift rejection of Paladino’s hateful…

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Hidden Figures
‘Hidden Figures’ Reveals the Power of Math

Unfolding from the 1940s to the 1960s, the story, as Hidden Figures film director Theodore…

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P-Tech
P-TECH Grads Ready for College and Career

P-TECH, the network of six-year high schools whose graduates leave school with a free associate…

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Practice Makes Perfect
Practice Makes Perfect Uses the Summer to Help Kids Learn

I recently learned about one such organization, Practice Makes Perfect, a New York City-based program…

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segregation
What’s the Answer to Extreme Academic Segregation in NYC?

Finally, we need to raise the bar in grades pre-K to 8 overall. Everyone knows…

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Advent
BE FAITH: Advent Points to the True Meaning of Christmas

In one Advent family worship service, the four weeks of Advent are divided across four…

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computer science
AP Computer Science Course Makes CS Accessible

Yes. AP CSP is different from any other CS course I have taught. Similar results…

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Trabian Shorters
BE Smart Talks with BMe Founder Trabian Shorters

TS: There are intense inflection points in history—for example, right now the U.S. is in…

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personalized learning
How Personalized Learning Works at One Charter School

How is MC2 similar to the work of Shorters and the UCLA researchers? It uses…

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free
Getting Two Years of College for Free

And too often, critics like Ruth Lopez Turley, the director of the Houston Education Research…

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our schools
What Does a Trump Administration Mean for Our Schools?

At our neighborhood house tour this year, a young mother whose children attend a great…

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computer science
What’s Working in Computer Science Education Now

“I started the computer academy to help address the issue of underrepresentation of girls and…

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Money Matters
Studies Prove What We Knew All Along: Public Schools Need Money

Two studies show that money indeed matters in public schools, especially to low-income students attending…

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latino men
Young Black and Latino Men Are Thriving

But recently, a team of researchers at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information…

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wisdom
#FridayReads | Fiction’s Wisdom

I love reading—fiction and nonfiction—and wish I had time to read more. Of the 10…

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