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 are rarely tallied. But when they are, the results are eye-opening: In Springfield, Mass., teachers surveyed spend three hours and 28 minutes a day on activities other than teaching. Vital tasks including behavior management, working with students on

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

"Keep Austin Wired" with the NEA Foundation’s online courses

By Jesse Graytock
Grants Manager

The motto of Austin, Texas, home of the 2013 National Council of Urban Education Associations’ fall conference, is “Keep Austin Weird.” On a recent (and unusually frigid) December morning, a group of educators representing

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

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

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

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

Collaboration, change, and innovation in teaching and learning


Change is becoming a constant in St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools, located along the Mississippi River west of New Orleans.


Like many other states, Louisiana is preparing to implement the Common Core State Standards, along with Compass, a

Union-district teams and ed reform leaders to talk global standards, Common Core, and equity at Oct. 24-25 live streaming event


Watch Pedro Noguera speak at last year’s event on “leading new opportunities to learn.”


Be a part of the larger discussion and connect with others on Twitter and Facebook during the two-day event by using the hashtag

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

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