Issue Brief: Unions, Districts, and Communities to the Table

The NEA Foundation embraces deep and enduring collaboration among the local teachers union and the teachers they represent, the district and community as a core philanthropic strategy. In our funded sites, local collaborative teams plan and execute a wide array of high-leverage reforms over the course of five years. The sustainability of these efforts is in large part driven by input and support from business, neighborhood groups, parents and families, community-based service

Huffington Post Blog: A Real Recipe for Improving Schools

"A Real Recipe for Improving Schools"


By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


"To get one idea of how to improve teaching in our nation's schools, drop by the local hospital. Chances are you'll see a group of doctors and medical

Issue Brief: High Performing School Systems

Today, several prescriptions exist for enabling schools and districts to effectively fulfill their missions to systemically improve outcomes for students. Systems thinking helps organizations identify the inter-relationship of the factors that

Huffington Post Blog: Helping STEM Take Root

"Helping STEM Take Root: Engaging the Minds of Students" 


By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


“To see a hopeful future for science education, look no further than the Raccoon Creek watershed in rural Ohio. There, Vinton

From the classroom to Mars: Loving science and math

When the Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet weeks ago, many Americans rekindled their love affair with space exploration. The small rover’s ability to touch the hearts of millions of Americans from light-years away begs the

Huffington Post Blog: Addressing the Other Side of Teacher Evaluation

"Addressing the Other Side of Teacher Evaluation"


Powerful improvements in instruction occur when teachers are observed, supported, and assessed by their peers. Want to know more? Read my blog on the Huffington Post.


Questions? Thoughts? Please let

Issue Brief: Peer Assistance & Review

Most professions have mechanisms in place to ensure that their practitioners know and carry out the highest standards of practice. Teacher peer assistance and review programs (PAR) are just such a mechanism in public education: teachers observe,

Report: Expaned Learning Opportunities

Through expanded learning opportunities (ELOs), time is being reconsidered in districts across the nation to improve student learning and increase teaching effectiveness in support of 21st century learning goals.


Given the relative newness of many of

Huffington Post Blog: Seattle & Springfield Home Visits Program Featured

"Bringing it Home"


I am delighted to share with you my op-ed, linked above, which the Huffington Post posted yesterday afternoon.


It tells the powerful story of parent-teacher home visits in two of our Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative sites,

Issue Brief: Parent-Teacher Home Visits

Parent-teacher home visits, virtually unheard of a decade ago, are rapidly gaining national attention. They are proving to be a way of deepening trust and relationships among teachers, parents and students, and helping teachers better understand the

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