Union effectiveness: Listen and lead, says Rhonda Johnson

By Rhonda Johnson
President, Columbus (Ohio) Education Association

I entered teaching in 1978 at the culmination of one of the stormiest periods in Ohio labor history. I’ve seen the struggle up close. I also have seen progress born from a willingness to sit down and talk, to reframe questions, to listen to the answers and to compromise.

Much of this work began with my mentor, the late John Grossman, Columbus Education Association president for 26 years. When I earned election to that post in 2004, I inherited his spirit of integrity and a talented staff

Education unions should tackle what we care about: working (and learning) conditions, says Kevin Welner

At a time when the nation’s policy makers have been counter-productively attempting to manipulate educators with enticements and threats, it’s important to remember the research that shows educators to be most responsive to working

Union capacity building will move vision forward, says Dennis Van Roekel

By Dennis Van Roekel
President, NEA


At the heart of education reform is the teachers union's relationship to students, parents, and community. We strive to lead our professions because it is a path to improve public schools – for our children and our communities. Regardless

ESPs learn tricks of the trade in grant-writing workshop

By Jesse Graytock, Grants Manager

Did you know that education support professionals, or ESPs, make up 40% of all public school employees? In other words, they play a key role in students’ success. That’s why, in the coming days,

Huffington Post Blog: It's About Time: Promising Efforts to Improve Our Schools With Right Amount of Time

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation



"We all know that the time educators spend in the classroom is just the tip of the iceberg. Grading papers, working with students before and after the bell rings, staff meetings and parent conferences -- these all add to the school day in ways that

NEA Foundation Report: One step toward blowing up back-end accountability

By Michael Fullan
Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto; Member, The NEA Foundation Senior Fellows Advisory Group

Jal Mehta drew a deeply insightful conclusion about the teaching profession in his book, "The Allure of Order," when he observed that policy makers are doing with accountability at the back end what they should have done with capacity building at

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

Huffington Post Blog: Want to Improve Teaching? Listen to Students

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation




“Annie Emerson doesn't have to wonder about what it takes to help her kindergarten students learn how to write or do math. They've told her.

Several times during the year, the Pinewoods Elementary School teacher asks her students two basic

Issue Brief: Students Speak


A cornerstone of today’s education reform movement is the generation, analysis, and use of data to improve instruction and decision-making at all levels— the classroom, school, and district. This Issue Brief focuses on efforts in Lee

Huffington Post Blog: Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows

"Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows"


By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


“Getting communities more involved with their public schools can lead to strange bedfellows, like the group of motorcyclists that descended

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