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By Nick Anderson
January 26, 2017

Girls as young as 6 years old are less likely than boys to label people of their own gender as “really, really smart,” according to new research that raises questions about how stereotypical notions of male and female mental abilities shape the paths students take in life.

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By Alejandra Matos
January 24, 2017

Anita Berger is D.C. Public Schools’s principal of the year, earning the honors for her work to boost graduation rates and academic achievement at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. Chancellor Antwan Wilson praised Berger for her leadership in helping to raise the school’s math and reading test scores by more than 20 percent in one year and graduating 100 percent of its students.

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By Alejandra Matos
January 12, 2017

Principals from the District’s traditional public schools and public charter schools will spend the next 11 months learning how to better manage their schools — working together — as part of a program aimed at improving school leadership across the city.

Beginning this month, 10 D.C. Public Schools principals and 10 charter school principals will immerse themselves in a graduate training program that will teach them how to navigate the complexities of running an urban school.


January 9, 2017

Just 2 percent of the 3 million teachers in the U.S. are black males. In Philadelphia, educator Sharif El-Mekki is leading an effort to encourage more black men to pursue careers in education. 

While acknowledging it is not the only solution, he says seeing more black men in teaching roles could help close the achievement gap for black boys, who on average struggle more in school, with far lower graduation rates than white boys or girls.

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By Cory Turner
January 9, 2017

He didn’t have long. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. was confirmed by the Senate in March 2016 after President Obama’s long-serving secretary, Arne Duncan, stepped down at the end of 2015. 


By Perr Stein
January 6, 2017

D.C. leaders say they will open a middle school in the city’s Takoma neighborhood in 2019 to feed into the under-enrolled Coolidge High School — the latest push in the city’s effort to keep families in D.C. Public Schools beyond the elementary grades. 


By Claudio Sanchez 
December 27, 2016 

One of the most controversial questions in education has been whether preschool — and specifically Head Start — helps kids succeed as they move through elementary school.


By Valerie Strauss
December 23, 2016

Lily Howard Scott is an educator who first worked with children as a teaching artist, visiting schools in Brooklyn and using playwriting and creative drama to help kids access curricula in unconventional ways. Lily says she believes that the most meaningful learning occurs when teachers design or adapt curricula to meet the needs, strengths, and interests of their students.

She describes the importance of retaining great teachers in public schools and explores the ways schools can attract them.


By Christiana Sturdivant
December 20, 2016

The D.C. Council voted unanimously today to install Antwan Wilson as D.C. Public School’s new chancellor, despite opposition from some groups that allege the nomination process violated the law. During his two-year stint in Oakland, Wilson was credited with increasing the system’s graduation rate by almost four percentage points, as well as decreasing suspension rates and investing in teacher pay, among other things.


By Jay Mathews
December 18, 2016

Scores on Virginia’s Standards of Learning math tests have gone up three years straight at Fairfax County’s J.E.B. Stuart High School. The improvement stems mostly from better teaching and more time for instruction, but a little-noticed part of this process deserves special mention.

Bill Horkan, a veteran math teacher at Stuart, says an innovation has been added involving a fact of human nature not usually taught in education schools.


By Alejandra Matos
December 18, 2016 

Luke C. Moore High School might not be typical, but the students there have the same big dreams as other D.C. public school students.

One of four alternative schools in the public school system, Luke serves students who did not do well elsewhere; nearly 70 percent of the student body is between ages 18 and 24, and all of them were not on track to get their diplomas in their neighborhood schools.

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