Huffington Post Blog: Sense and Sustainability in Education Reform

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation



"It's a question that's daunted educators for decades: Why haven't well-intentioned efforts to improve teaching and learning in our schools had the kind of impact we want and need? It's often called a failure of bringing reform to scale, but in reality many of the proposed changes to date haven't been big enough, focusing instead on narrow slices of instruction or school culture that, as principals and superintendents rotate through many of our most troubled schools and communities, often get

Is teaching multicultural texts enough to prepare students for modern world?

By Karen Toavs, a 2013 NEA Foundation-Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and a member of the North Dakota Education Association


Searching for new and exciting ways to inspire student energy has always been an instructional focus of mine. The

NEA Foundation Grantee Dwayne Dahlbeck shares how he went from slacker to educator in new “Lessons Learned” Q&A


Tell us about your plans for your NEA Foundation grant project.


I teach in an Alternatives Program, and we plan to use the grant money to purchase desktop computers. These computers will allow us to continue to expand our Dual Enrollment Program. Our

The unfulfilled promise of excellence and equity


This is the second of three posts discussing themes and issues explored during the NEA Foundation’s 7th annual Union-District Convening, held Oct. 24-25 in Washington, D.C.


As 19 district-union teams from school districts around the nation

Uncovering the plant life cycle in school’s green space


With your support, we’ve funded more than 1,300 NEA member project on DonorsChoose.org, providing learning materials to more than 108,000 students. 1,227 projects still await your support. Help a classroom today, and we'll match your

Stretching students’ critical-thinking skills beyond 140 characters


With your support, we’ve funded more than 1,000 NEA member project on DonorsChoose.org, providing learning materials to nearly 80,000 students. 800 projects still await your support. Help a classroom today, and we'll match your donation.


Have

Public education at a crossroads


This is the first of three posts discussing themes and issues explored during the NEA Foundation’s 7th annual Union-District Convening, held Oct. 24-25 in Washington, D.C.


Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley—a key architect

How do you get your students moving?

 
So far, 1,000 NEA member projects have been funded on DonorsChoose.org, providing nearly 80,000 students with much-needed learning materials. But, 800 projects await your support. Help a classroom today, and we'll match your donation!


Ever

Introducing our new "Lessons Learned" series


 
Why did you start teaching?
 

I fell into teaching. I majored in education as an undergraduate student, but when I went to do my student teaching, I decided the profession wasn't for me. Years later, my mother-in-law pushed me to go back to

Watch live stream of national education thought leaders on Oct. 24-25


Watch NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
speak at last year’s event.

 

Some of the nation’s most prominent education thought leaders— from Dennis Van Roekel, president of the NEA, to Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of

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