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Math Anxiety Hurts Too Many Kids. Here’s How We Can Curb It.

Math anxiety is a drain on our collective enthusiasm for learning and growth. This New Year, let’s resolve to take this educational inflection point as an opportunity to rebrand mathematical reasoning as an incredible tool with which every single human brain is born, writes Susanna Brock.

December 20, 2021 | EdSurge
Are Post-Pandemic Campuses Finally Ready for Competency-Based Education?

In this week’s EdSurge podcast hear from longtime proponent of competency based education: Paul LeBlanc, the president of Southern New Hampshire University.

November 23, 2021 | EdSurge
Can Data Literacy Be Fun? The Census Bureau Is Building An App For That

A group of graduate students is creating a free app to help teachers build data literacy skills in the classroom. They’re working hand-in-hand with the Opportunity Project, a program led by the federal Census Open Innovation Labs that brings technologists and community advocates together to solve problems.

November 11, 2021 | EdSurge
Who Wants a Bell Curve? The Strong Case for Mastery Learning in Math

Creating a system that allows all students the opportunity for mastery of fundamental mathematical concepts and confidence in their own mathematical reasoning is not easy, but we must try, writes COGx's Susanna Brock.

October 26, 2021 | EdSurge
New Data Science Standards Are Needed for a Data-Filled World. Here’s What We Propose.

A different approach to teaching mathematics is needed—one that develops data literacy for all students. Not only would such an approach be more relevant and increase student engagement, it has the potential to reduce the widespread vulnerability to misleading information shared via social media, writes two mathematics professors.

October 11, 2021 | EdSurge
Students Learned So Much More During the Pandemic Than We Realize. Just Ask Them.

What we've learned is that two things can be true at the same time. The shift to online school led to struggle for many, and it led young people to act creatively and with ingenuity, writes University of Colorado professors.

October 11, 2021 | EdSurge
Why Our Trauma-Informed Teaching Must Be More Culturally Responsive

Understanding trauma can help us better address complex behavioral issues in the communities we care about, whether those communities are our tribal nations or classrooms, writes Arizona educator Helen Thomas.

October 8, 2021 | EdSurge
Getting More Students Through — Not Just To — College

A proposed College Completion Fund is designed to provide services for people who may benefit from extra support as they pursue a postsecondary degree, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, those who are the first in their families to attend college, and racial minorities.

September 22, 2021 | EdSurge
To Achieve Educational Justice, We Need More Black Teachers

While Black students account for 15 percent of all public schools students in the U.S., Black teachers make up just 7 percent of the teacher workforce. Worse, teachers who identify as Black men make up less than 2 percent of the workforce. To reach proportional parity between Black teachers and students, we would need 280,000 more Black teachers in our public schools.

September 9, 2021 | EdSurge