Solving the Latino drop-out crisis: Educators and policymakers need diverse toolkit

By Molly M. Scott
The Urban Institute


Image courtesy of CASA de Maryland

The demography of our schools is changing rapidly. In response, education researchers are putting out more and more nuanced analysis about the intersection of race, income, parental education, English language proficiency, and immigrant status. Unfortunately, policy and practice are having a hard time keeping up. 

Take the drop-out crisis, for example. Students of color have long dropped out at higher rates than white students, and this problem is most

Huffington Post Blog: A Good Start for Schools and Students

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation

“It’s no surprise that too many students start each school year without the supplies they need, or walk into classrooms that don’t have the resources required for a productive year. For anyone who knows a teacher, it’s also

5 things about high school that aren’t true anymore

By Blessed Sheriff
Intern, The NEA Foundation


Public high school education isn’t what it used to be. How we learn and what we learn has changed dramatically over recent years. Thankfully, changes have resulted in what has been called the most educated and informed generation ever.

But what

Lessons Learned: On second chances and hope— through education



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The grant provided funding for me to attend the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention. For four days, I was immersed in learning and surrounded by people who

Lessons Learned: Relationships with students and families shine positive light on classroom environment

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"STEM Scientists" is a program that has created a hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classroom environment for kindergarten and ESL classes. Students have

Global Learning Fellow: 5 more things American educators can learn from Chinese proverbs

By Kathryn Woerner
2014 Global Learning Fellow and educator at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, IA

This blog series features the 2014 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows, a cohort of 30 educators who participated in a year-long supported learning experience to build global competency skills. The fellowship included international field study in

Global Learning Fellow: 5 inspiring lessons for educators from Chinese proverbs

By Kathryn Woerner
2014 Global Learning Fellow and educator at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, IA



This blog series features the 2014 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows, a cohort of 30 educators who participated in a year-long supported learning experience to build global competency skills. The fellowship included international field study in

Brazilian dance troupe moves Montana students

In 2013, the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows traveled to Brazil and saw Companhia Urbana de Dança perform in Rio de Janeiro. Inspired by their story and performance, the NEA Foundation supported the company on a recent arts exchange to

Global Learning Fellow talks China and vocational education

By Erlynn S. Kirsch
2014 Global Learning Fellow and social studies educator at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church, VA

"It's impossible to get any good service around here!" Well, China seems to be fixing the problem...

In June, and as part of the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, I was privileged to spend a week in China with a wonderful group of

A Student’s Perspective: Leaving the Nest for the “Real World”

By Blessed Sheriff
Intern, The NEA Foundation



Photo by Flickr user basheertome

Our summer blog series, A Student’s Perspective, explores the experience of public education through the lens of a student, poet Blessed Sheriff, a rising high school senior enrolled in the International

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