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What’s the Link Between Teacher Expectations and Student Performance?

Posted on · A recent study from the Center for American Progress examines the relationship between expectations and achievement in education. We discuss that relationship with Dr. H. Jerome Freiberg. He’s a John & Rebecca Moores University Professor in the College of Education at the University of Houston, and the director and founder of Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline, a classroom instructional management program.

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What are Houston Schools Doing to Attract More Bilingual Teachers?

Posted on · Schools districts around the Greater Houston area say they’re struggling to hire and keep enough bilingual teachers for their classrooms. Some districts are using incentives and other strategies to attract bilingual educators. We hear about their efforts. We hear from Dr. Patricia Morales, Bilingual Specialist with the Harris County Department of Education, and Dr. Robin Williams, HR Director for Aldine […]

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Domestic Violence, Bilingual Teachers, and the Delanos: Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Posted on · This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Violence Against Women Act. The occasion comes the same week Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the surfacing of a second video showing him hitting his wife Janay (they were not married at the time of the incident; […]

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HISD Superintendent Terry Grier Answers Your Questions

Posted on · For the last five years, Terry Grier has served as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest public school district in the nation, and the largest in Texas. In advance of a new school year, we welcome your questions for Superintendent Grier about public education in Houston. While we’ll discuss a variety of issues relating […]

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Would Year-Round School Ever Work Here in Houston?

Posted on · School is still a few weeks away for most Texas students, but classes have already begun for some in the state. That includes in El Paso, where students within Socorro ISD started attending class on Monday. They’re in what’s commonly referred to as “year-round” education. Instead of a long summer break – students get shorter breaks during […]

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Year Round School, Films, and the Houston Shakespeare Festival: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 30, 2014

Posted on · School is still a few weeks away for most Texas students, but classes have already begun for some in the state. That includes in El Paso, where students within Socorro ISD started attending class on Monday. They’re in what’s commonly referred to as “year-round” education. Instead of a long summer break – students get shorter […]

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Think Your Job is Stressful? Try Being a Middle School Teacher

Posted on · This month, NPR has been examining stress – at work, at home, its impact on health and wellness, and more. It’s a topic that Houston-based researchers have been examining in various ways in recent years. One such study examines how stress affects middle school teachers in Houston. We learn more.

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Treating and Managing ADHD in Houston

Posted on · Many Houston kids deal on a daily basis with the effects of ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. And the majority of them will continue to have symptoms as adults. We discuss what doctors and educators in Houston are doing to treat and manage ADHD in their patients and students, respectively. Then we discuss the […]

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Teachers Cheating and The Astros Get a Zero Rating: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From recognition of online transparency from the Texas Comptroller’s office, to HISD’s findings in an investigation into cheating by teachers on high-stakes testing, to a recent Houston Astros’ TV broadcast garnering a 0.0 rating, we explore “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of Houston news, with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” Joining us today: Business Makers radio host Russ Capper, Texas Leftist blogger […]

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Conference Provides Resources for Houston Early Childhood Educators

Posted on · Every year the Harris County Department of Childhood Education hosts an event for early childhood educators in Houston. The idea is to provide a learning environment for teachers to come together to share teaching strategies and best practices and to socialize. This year, the conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to […]

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Are High-Stakes Tests Pushing Teachers to Cheat?

Posted on · The investigation continues into the possibility of teachers cheating on state exams at two HISD elementary schools. KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee has been following this developing story, and she’ll have an update for us. We’ll also talk with Dawn Westfall, who’s written about “high stakes” testing that may unintentionally incentivize cheating among teachers. We’ll also welcome […]