Great Schools Are Strong Communities

In his seminal book Building Community in Schools(1994), Dr. Thomas J. Sergiovanni, a senior fellow for the Center for Educational Leadership at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, makes such a case: “Community building must become the heart of any school improvement effort. Whatever else is involved—improving teaching, developing sensible curriculum, creating new forms of governance, […]

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A Clearer Picture of the Education Gap in America

Students at Chicago Math and Science Academy enjoy new school supplies donated by Morningstar. This school year, for the first time in history, there will be more minority students than white students in K-12 schools in America. Should that really be surprising, seeing as in 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau predicted that whites will become […]

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Don’t Underestimate the “M” in “STEM” Education

The “M” in “STEM” for once didn’t come in last when National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) then-President Linda M. Gojak delivered her keynote address, “Mathematics: The Language of the Sciences” at the 1st Annual STEM Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on March 21, 2014. Addressing over 300 STEM educators and professionals, Ms. Gojak, in true mathematical form, […]

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NSTA President on Growing STEM Pipeline

This past March, Concept Schools had the privilege of hosting Mr. Bill Badders, President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), as a keynote speaker at the 1st Annual STEM Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Badders addressed the audience of over 300 STEM educators and industry experts on the topic of “Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core, Literacy, […]

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An Optimist’s Approach to Solving America’s Math Problem: The Concept Schools Model

“The cognitive-science research suggested a startling cause of Americans’ innumeracy: school.” —Elizabeth Green, “Why Does America Stink at Math?” Have you seen the recent New York Times article “Why Does America Stink at Math?” making the rounds on the Web? It’s definitely worth a read. The take-home message is that, as a nation, we suffer from “innumeracy” or “quantitative deficiency.” The […]

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Get Ready: STEM Education Becomes More Important in 2015 ACT

STEM is not just a buzzword for educators. It’s everywhere, and it matters. If you haven’t taken notice yet, then the ACT may get your attention. Starting in 2015, not only will the most popular college entrance exam in the United States go digital, it also will give test takers a STEM (science, technology, engineering, […]

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Summer’s Not over Yet! There’s Still Time to Prevent “Summer Learning Loss” and Narrow the Achievement Gap

Before you start shopping for back-to-school shoes and taking the last dip in the neighborhood pool, take some time to “retrain” your kids’ brains for the upcoming school year. Yes, these lazy days of summer are necessary to refresh young minds; but they also have a measurable negative effect on kids’ memory and academic performance, […]

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Two Concept Schools Firsts! MIT Graduate and University of Chicago Full-Ride

HSA-Columbus 2009 alumnus Dorma Flemister graduated from MIT on June 6, 2014 This school year marked two historic firsts for the Concept Schools network—which includes 30 schools in 6 Midwest states and which began in 1999—and both are from Horizon Science Academy Columbus, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We could not be prouder of […]

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It’s Alive! Evolutionary Robotics for Kids: Yes, They Can Do That

The lovable boy from Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.”; the army of robots that rise up against their human makers in Terminator films and the one capable of fatherly love; and the many existential quandaries in the Isaac Asimov “I, Robot” book series. These are just a few of the fantastical illustrations of artificial intelligence and robotics in popular […]

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Encouraging Girls to Enter Computer Science

Women comprise 51% of the U.S. population and 46% of the U.S. workforce. And although more women than ever are pursuing math, science, and engineering degrees and have made great progress closing the gender gap in those fields generally, there is still a huge—and actually growing—disparity between men and women in computer science. According to Code.org and […]

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