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 questions: what are ways that I teach you that you like or that are really working for you? What could be changed to help you learn even more? And it turns out even 5-year-olds have plenty to say...”

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Huffington Post Blog: Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows

"Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows"

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President & CEO, The NEA Foundation

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Huffington Post Blog: A Real Recipe for Improving Schools

"A Real Recipe for Improving Schools"

By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation

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Huffington Post Blog: Helping STEM Take Root

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

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President & CEO, The NEA Foundation

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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.

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