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Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, W.K. Kellogg Foundation president and CEO assesses New Orleans' progress…

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Study: Black Students’ Discipline Rates are Highest in the South

Study reveals black students' discipline rates are especially high in the south.

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‘I Have a Dream Today….’

Disney Dreamers Academy, an educational mentoring program, motivates youth to dream big, aim high, and…

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4 Back-to-School Apps for Parents and Students

Back-to-school apps help parents and students navigate everyday challenges.

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Legacy Flight Academy Pays Homage to Tuskegee Airmen

The mission of Legacy Flight Academy is to provide minority youth with flight training and…

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10 Years Post-Katrina

Ten years after Katrina, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans holds a conference to…

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How to Vet the Best School for Your Child

A father, initially pleased with his child's progress, decides that private school is the best…

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Charter Schools Ask Their Graduates, How’d We Do?

Achievement First, a network of charter schools, is asking its graduates for honest feedback so…

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Black Students Expelled at a Higher Rate in 13 Southern States

An analysis shows black students expelled in 13 Southern states at rates higher than those…

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Hands-on Program Helps Underserved Black and Latino Boys Go to Selective Colleges

Urban Ambassadors targets underserved black and Latino boys and prepares them for college. It draws…

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Reading Aloud Critical to Young Children’s Language Development

Reading books aloud to children ages 3 to 5 is critical to their language development,…

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5 Educational Initiatives Parents and Caretakers Should Know About

National educational initiatives in STEM, mentorship, art, and international studies.

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A Founder of the Eagle Academy Foundation Is Honored

Paul Williams is a founder of the Eagle Academy Foundation, which opens and supports Eagle…

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Truancy No Longer a Crime in Texas

Truancy is no longer a crime in Texas, the state that generated 200,000 truancy cases…

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10 Online Resources to Help You Help Your Child

U.S. Department of Education list of online resources for parents.

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[WATCH] The U.S. Department of Education Hosts ‘Parent Camp’ in Washington D.C.

Join the U.S. Department of Education "Parent Camp" on October 26, in Washington D.C.

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5 Questions to Ask to Help Your Child Succeed in School

The US department of education releases parenting checklist to empower families.

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How Failing Schools Are Made

Pinellas County in Florida is the most concentrated site of academic failure in the state.…

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LeBron James Pays for “His Kids” to Go to College

LeBron James, Akron, Ohio, hometown hero, has announced that he will pay college tuition at…

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Revised Program To Offer Relief to More Student Loan Borrowers

More student loan borrowers are expected to make use of a revised payment plan that…

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100,000 Opportunities Initiative Touches Down in Chicago

Led by Starbucks, 100,000 Opportunities Initiative launched in Chicago at an Opportunity Fair & Forum…

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If You Can Write, You Can Read

If You Can Write You Can Read, the brainchild of Logan Mauldin and his mother,…

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[RECAP] The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation Hosts Town Hall to Improve Black Male Achievement

Kappa Alpha Psi foundation hosts Town Hall: “ Building a Movement for Black Male Achievement.”

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The Best and Worst Paying Cities for America’s High School Teachers

The best and worst paying cities in the U.S. are immortalized in two slideshows of…

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Hillary Clinton’s $350 Billion College Affordability Plan

The proposal is aimed at reining in the cost of college and helping millions of…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] P-TECH: The School That’s Taking Over the World

P-TECH, a 6-year, year-round high school in Brooklyn born of a public-private partnership is being…

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iSTEM Project at Morehouse College

The iSTEM project at Morehouse College offers middle schoolers a STEM program that comprises a…

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South Carolina’s HBCU Leaders Meet With O’Malley

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley met with South Carolina HBCU leaders to share his vision…

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‘American Promise’ Receives Three Emmy Nominations

'American Promise,' a documentary 14 years in the making, examines black male achievement, class, opportunity,…

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(Part II) Can Schools in Gentrifying Neighborhoods Become More Diverse, Too?

Efforts are underway to make under-enrolled, underperforming schools more attractive to gentrifying neighborhoods.

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5 Facts About the School-to-Prison Pipeline

School-to-prison pipeline: Statistics show nationwide epidemic of minority children directed from school to prison.

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How Do We Cut the School to Prison Pipeline? Rethink Discipline

How school districts around the nation are striving to decrease suspensions and expulsions

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(Part I) Can Schools in Gentrifying Neighborhoods Become More Diverse, Too?

An under-enrolled, underperforming K-5 school in San Francisco with students of color attempts to attract…

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[SURVEY] High School Graduates Not Ready for College or Work

Survey results show that neither university professors nor prospective employers find American high school graduates…

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Georgia Segregates its Troubled Kids in Jim Crow Schools

The Justice Department finds that troubled kids in Georgia are segregated in old Jim Crow…

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NCLB Rewrite Strengthens Career and Technical Education

Key provisions developed by Sen. Tim Kaine have been approved for inclusion in the Every…

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Why Chicago’s Public Schools Are Losing Black Teachers

Chicago Public Schools is seeing a steep decline in its number of black teachers. One…

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Empowering Parents to Support Their Children’s Education

The Education Department has released two tools, a checklist and set of rights, to empower…

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The Poor School District Next Door

School districts across the U.S. are funded in way that guarantees poor children in low…

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Indianapolis Schools Implement Tutoring for Parents

Indianapolis Public Schools has announced that it will begin a program implementing greater involvement with…

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Middle School Boys from Baltimore Learn Coding and 3-D Design

Verizon has developed Minority Male Makers, a STEM program for middle school boys in Baltimore…

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We Need to Stop Putting Our Children in Front of Screens

New York Times Personal Health columinist Jane Brody writes about Internet addiction. Putting children in…

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Scientist and HBCU Grad Says Support Networks Helped Her Succeed

Racquel Jemison, Ph.D., a senior chemist at Dow, says support networks and hard work helped…

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Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to Offer Innovative Business Camp for Area Students
Is Middle School Too Early to Start Preparing for College?

Middle school is a great time to prepare students for college by requiring them to…

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Bipartisan Rewrite of ‘No Child Left Behind’ Passes Senate

The Senate passes a bipartisan rewrite of No Child Left Behind, but whether President Obama…

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Following your passion is great, but no one wants to struggle to pay the bills after graduating from college. That's why for some students it's important to avoid majors that traditionally don't pay well. A recent study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce identified a list of college degrees that place African Americans at the lowest end of the pay scale. Following our look at the highest paying degrees for African Americans, here's a look at the majors most likely to leave your wallet a little lighter.
These Organizations Make Sure Kids Not Only Go to College But Graduate

At the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference, a panel examines how networks of support help…

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Black Lives Matter in School, Too

Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson asserts that black lives matter in school, and that public…

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State Test Scores Hide the Truth from Parents, Kids

State test scores are higher than the results of the NAEP, or the Nation's Report…

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Defense Department Awards $3.78 Million to STEM Program for Minority Students

STEMPREP Project at Southern Methodist University identifies young talent in the sciences and nurtures it…

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Your health is everything. When you become ill, other aspects of your life are adversely affected. That’s why it’s important to do whatever you can to make sure you get the healthcare you deserve from your medical providers. Remember your doctor works for you not the other way around. Here are five simple tips for becoming an empowered patient.  By Sheiresa Ngo
Federal Student Aid Office Offers Must-Have Checklists for Students

The Federal Student Aid Office of the Department of Education has developed useful checklists as…

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Getting Kids Math Help Before They Fall Behind

An innovative program strengthens teacher math skills and improves student chances for success in algebra…

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STEM Role Models and Career Success

A panel on STEM role models at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference speaks to…

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The Math Lady Offers Hope to Those Who Don’t Like Math

A former math-phobe grows up to pursue a career in STEM because of a gifted…

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Parents – A Key to Children’s STEM Success

Three organizations at the US News STEM Solutions conference share how they engage parents to…

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Labor Secretary Thomas Perez at STEM Solutions Conference

AT the STEM Solutions Conference, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez presented the business case…

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Updating No Child Left Behind

The White House will not support bills to replace NCLB from either the House or…

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Young People Prepare for National ACT-SO Competition

Students compete in NAACP's ACT-SO Olympics of the Mind in diverse categories such as cooking…

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The All-Important ESEA (No Child Left Behind) Reauthorization

A Politico analysis says Republicans gut funding for programs they say they support, including the…

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Marva Collins, Educator Extraordinare, Dies at 78

Marva Collins, legendary Chicago educator who taught Romeo and Juliet to underprivileged African American kindergarteners,…

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Making STEM Diversity a National Priority

The opening keynote at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference offers answers to attracting and…

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Should More Black Children Be Getting Special Education Services?

The writers assert that more black children need special ed services although they are already…

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Making Certain Every Child Achieves

Marc Morial of the National Urban League presses for a robust reauthorized ESEA bill to…

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Survey Reveals New Technology is a Better Return on Investment than New Employees
Is Ed Tech Transforming How Teachers Teach?

Despite billions of dollars spent annually on digital content, teachers are not given the time…

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High-tech Charter High School Planned for Indianapolis

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has announced plans for a new STEM-focused high school in…

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African Dream Initiative: Education Makes the Difference

African Dream Initiative gives bright, underresourced children the opportunity to attend the best schools and…

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[WATCH] High School Senior Awarded $3M in Scholarship Money

High school senior, Arianna Alexander, was accepted into 26 schools, 8 ivy leagues, and awarded…

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Let Girls Learn: First Lady Michelle Obama in London

First lady Michelle Obama is in London to promote the American-British partnership in support of…

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How One Organization is Changing the Trajectory for Young Black Men in Maryland

Maryland-based Mentoring to Manhood program works to empower young black men ages 12-18.

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Linda Cliatt-Wayman Delivers Fearless TED Talk

Meet Linda Cliatt-Wayman, a high school principal with a vision for change at low performing…

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More Technology Is Not the Answer

More technology is sometimes seen as an way to improve schools, but more tech does…

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Kendrick Lamar Inspires Teens During Visit to a New Jersery High School

Kendrick Lamar visits High Tech High School in North Bergen, New Jersey.

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Chef Works with Food Discovery Program to Educate School Kids

Chef David Thomas of Herb & Soul restaurant in Baltimore works with Days of Taste…

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Free Breakfast in Baltimore City Schools

Baltimore City Schools, among other Maryland school districts, is offering free breakfast and free lunch…

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KIPP in New Orleans: Beating the Odds

A KIPP charter high school in New Orleans thrives 10 years after Katrina. The school…

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Tennessee: Most Common Core Standards Are Keepers

Tennessee conducted a six-month review of the Common Core standards in response to charges of…

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Will New Orleans Become Known for Academic Excellence?

New Orleans uses charter schools to reach for academic excellence. Students improve across the board…

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Programs Aim at Easing Tensions Between Students and Police

Efforts emerge to quell the tension between law enforcement and the communities they serve, but…

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[WATCH] Debate About School Choice in Florida Erupts on NewsOneNow

On NewsOneNow, debate erupts as panelists on the show and the host decry the NAACP's…

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Wishbone and Uncommon Schools Campaign to Send Students to Top Summer Programs

Low-income students are positioned to attend top summer programs via a campaign launched by Wishbone…

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Play Essential to Early Learning

According to a study published online, preschool children in day care centers need more physical…

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Common Core Can Help Your Child Learn Math

Common Core math standards, taught effectively, can help any child learn math well.

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Advanced Placement Classes More Accessible to Students of Color

If annual growth rates hold true, during the next two weeks, more than two million…

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Skybrary by Reading Rainbow Available on the Web

Reading Rainbow has launched a Web-based library of children's books and story-driven educational video field…

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U.S. on Track to Reach High School Graduation Rate of 90% by 2020

High school graduation rates reach record high, but challenges remain for low-income students.

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Mother’s Day Treat: 10 Keys to Raising Children Who Excel

The mother of Harold Ekeh, who was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools, offers…

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Magic Johnson Donates $1 Million to Support Chicago Teachers

Magic Johnson donates $1 million to OneGoal to support Chicago teachers.

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Common Core: Bringing Calm to Classroom Chaos

Common Core is a source of stability that yields greater learning, helping to bring calm…

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SEEK Provides Free Summer Engineering Program in 16 Cities

SEEK is a free STEM summer day program targeting black youth in grades 4 to…

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Chalk Talk: Chris Barbic on Leading Tennessee’s Achievement School District

Achievement School District turns around lowest performing schools in Memphis.

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Don’t Know Much About History, Civics, Geography

A large share of the eighth graders who took the test scored at the "basic"…

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The Golden Age for Learning? Early Childhood

Early childhood is the optimal time for learning, with children ages 0-4 as a huge…

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More Time on Task Leads to Better Student Results

Educating students in poverty requires considerably more time than the traditional school calendar offers.

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#BESMART: Check Out This Special Portal for Minority Students, Educators and Parents

Black Enterprise BE Smart serves as the go-to sources for the latest in education news…

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White Teachers Less Likely to See Black Students as Gifted

The public schools in Boston were described as having one black teacher for every 22…

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Can a Video Game Teach Your Preschooler to Solve for X?

A video game that teachers algebra to preschoolers may work better, and faster, than school.

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In the Age of Accountability, a School Famous for its Creativity Struggles to Get Results

But since 2012, an ambitious young principal has helped the school achieve a remarkable shift…

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Jury Is Still Out on Blended Learning

Blended learning is gaining considerable popularity in American classrooms, but the question remains: Is there…

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How One Organization is Helping to Improve Diversity at Independent Schools

Resources In Independent School Education (RIISE) founder, Gina Collins talks creating a network to increase…

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Teachers Quick to Label Black Students Troublemakers

The study showed that teachers tend to view black students more harshly than white students…

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#IWishMyTeacherKnew: Twitter Campaign Reveals Students’ Struggles

A teacher at Denver Public Schools wanted to find a way to better understand her…

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5 Cool Organizations That Empower Young People

As parents, educators and caretakers, here are ways to look beyond the classroom to find…

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[Infographic] BE Smart: STEM Facts That May Shock You

STEM facts from the STEM Education Coalition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Math + Science…

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Board-Certified Teachers More Effective, New Studies Affirm

Studies show that board certification improves teacher effectiveness, raises student test scores.

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How Schools Can Lower Suspension Rates and Raise Graduation Rates

Lower suspension rates, raise graduation rates by treating students in trauma.

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The ‘Hard-Knock Life’ of Illiteracy

The movie remake of Annie was right to depict Annie as illiterate.

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Does the Anti-Common Core Movement Have a Race Problem?

The question of Common Core will yield different answers.

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5 STEM Competitions for Young Scientists

STEM competitions provide a challenging atmosphere for students to solve problems while meeting other students…

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7 STEM Festivals for Kids

STEM Festivals provide a fun way to learn and explore science, technology, engineering and math…

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4 Keys to a Successful School Turnaround

Struggling schools can turn around with resources, visionary leadership, data-driven decision-making, and comprehensive student support.

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Cheated Out of an Education

Why Kevin Chavous thinks the educators in Atlanta cheated; why time on task, teacher accountability,…

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Amazon Launches New STEM Toy Shop

Amazon launches new toy shop geared towards encouraging kids to develop STEM skills.

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Education Outcomes Improving with No Child Left Behind Waivers

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that five states had been awarded four-year flexibility waivers.

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7 DIY STEM Projects For Kids

For a child who’s curious and loves to take things apart engaging them in DIY…

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4 Tips to Teach Your Kids Entrepreneurship

Fostering an entrepreneurial mindset helps children focus on solutions rather than the problem.

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5 Motivational STEM Videos For Your Kids To Watch

(Image: Black Girls Code) Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and…

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More than Half of Middle Class Students Not Graduating from College

According to CNN.com, more than half of middle class kids who enter college are failing…

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Free Summer College Program for High School Juniors

Calling all rising high school juniors interested in the accounting profession: Application deadlines are approaching…

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$1,000 Financial Literacy Contest for Middle Schoolers

(Image: File) Are you 8 to 12 years old, or do you know someone who is?…

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Six Ways to Engage Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

(Image: onedublin.files.wordpress.com) Although in recent years science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs have become…

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Inequity in Education Funding Shortchanges America’s Future

For the first time in our nation’s history, students of color are majority of the…

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Add Do-Re-Mi to ABC to Boost Your Child’s Brain

The results of a recent Northwestern University study funded by NAMM demonstrate that two years…

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Are You All In? The AP Campaign to Reach Students of Color

(Image: WENN) Tens of thousands of high potential African American, Latino, and Native American students do…

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New York City-based All Star Code dropped by Tumblr headquarters to get in on the fun. The non-profit initiative offers young males a curriculum that includes workshops, ongoing mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as a six-week summer intensive program set to start in 2014. ASC founder Christina Lewis Halpern is determined to fill the technology career pipeline with qualified, young black men.
BE Smart: All Star Code Educates Next Generation of Tech Entrepreneurs

Christina Lewis Halpern, 34, created All Star Code as a vehicle to diversify the tech…

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14 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Educators

If you've felt a special calling to educate the leaders of today and tomorrow, these…

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15 Student Filmmakers Selected to Show Their Videos at 2nd Annual White House Student Film Festival

Specifically the Call to Arts is a three-year effort to expose young people to careers…

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State of Black America Report: Unequal Education Is Not ‘the Great Equalizer’

Education and equality gaps have persisted and the National Urban League understands that the major…

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Mo’Ne Davis Biographical Movie Coming to Disney Channel

Mo'Ne Davis biographical film set to air on Disney Channel

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5 STEM Camps for Kids

(Image: lsc.org) Nowadays, beyond exploring nature and the outdoors camps offer several hands-on exploration camps in…

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First Lady Michelle Obama Sends a Message to Her Younger Self

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a video message to her younger self as part of…

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My Black is Beautiful Ambassador Talks Empowering Teen Girls to Recognize their Self-Worth

My Black is Beautiful brand ambassador, Feyi Odukoya, talks empowering teen girls to recognize their…

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6 Educational STEM Apps for Kids

(Image: File) Whether it’s teaching science using multimedia “Jeopardy” like games, or math with step-by-step animation…

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First Lady Obama to Travel to Japan and Cambodia to Promote Girls Education

First Lady Michelle Obama to travel to Japan and Cambodia as part of her Let…

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Data Shows High School Graduation Gaps Narrowing

According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Education, new data from its…

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How One Group of Professionals are Creating a Pipeline for Minority Youth in STEM

ManyMentors nonprofit in Connecticut works to expand the opportunities and resources for minority students interested…

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Black Lives Matter: Schott Foundation Explores Public School and Underserved Black Males

Schott Foundation and Eagle Academy explores American public school system and underserved black children, particularly…

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Steve Harvey, Essence Magazine and Disney Inspire Future Leaders at Disney Dreamers Academy

Steve Harvey, Essence magazine and Disney partner for their 8th annual Disney Dreamers Academy in…

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Day 3: Education Power Players Talk Engaging Students Through Innovative Learning

Education leaders talk the importance of keeping students engaged through innovative learning.

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Diversity in the STEM Pipeline

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the New York Urban League hosted a panel and discussion on…

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New Data Shows House Republican Bill Could Cut Billions in Funding for Minority Students

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows a proposed bill by the House Republicans…

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Meet the 10-Year-Old Genius Who’s Studying for a College Degree

At just 10-years-old, Esther Okade is already studying for a math undergraduate degree

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Magic Johnson Gives $10 Million to Expand Job Program for Chicago Youth

Magic Johnson donates $10 million to expand the One Summer Chicago Plus program that offers…

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Pharrell Inks Deal to Publish a Series of Children’s Books

Pharrell Williams to release a series of four children's books, with the first book being…

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How One Program is Helping to Educate Hundreds of High School Students About Financial Literacy

Money Live program in Houston teaches hundreds of high school students about financial literacy and…

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A State by State Breakdown of the Latest High School Graduation Rates

Recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows a breakdown of graudaiton rates…

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Report: High-School Graduation Gap Widened for Black Males

The Schott Foundation for Public Education released a report, Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50-State…

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Danny Simmons Talks the Impact of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

Danny Simmons talks Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the impact of arts education

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Nickelodeon Partners With Because of Them, We Can Initiative for Black History Month

Nickelodeon and the Because of Them, We Can initiative partner to celebrate Black History Month

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My Brother’s Keeper to Host Hackathon in Oakland

My Brother's Keeper to host first hackathon event in Oakland, CA

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author Set to Release New Novel This Summer

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is set to release a sequel to the…

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Blogger and Principal Raise Over $1 Million to Send Students on Harvard Field Trip

Humans of New York blogger and Brooklyn principal raise over $1 million to send students…

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