What We’ve Learned from 12 Years of Closing the Achievements Gaps

Our latest report, Closing Gaps, Sustaining Change, covers what we learned from our 12 year, Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative, support of seven union-district-community teams. What exactly did we learn? This report includes analysis of innovations designed to increase teaching effectiveness. It's also informed by the heroic, research-based work of thousands of educators, their union and district leaders, and their community partners to change the culture both within schools and

Huffington Post: A Fresh Start, With Students at the Center

By Harriet Sanford
President and CEO
The NEA Foundation

The Every Student Succeeds Act is an opportunity to look at what works when it comes to improving teaching and learning.

Now that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is no longer the law of the land, education policymakers at all levels are talking about the

Lessons Learned: Union and District Teams Overhaul Evaluations Tool—Together

This blog series spotlights current teams of the NEA Foundation Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. The Institute supports the collaborative efforts of these teams of local unions and school district leaders by focusing on a single

Huffington Post Blog: Improving Schools for Every Student

By Harriet Sanford
President and CEO
The NEAFoundation

“When one of the leaders of standards-based school reform and one of the products of one of the nation's most challenged school districts agree on something, I pay attention.

Paul Reville, who served as secretary of education in Massachusetts,

Watch Education Leaders Talk Equity, the Achievement Gap and more on October 8-9, 2015


What can you expect to hear? This year’s live streamed event promises to unapologetically examine issues of equity and inclusion, teacher effectiveness, collaborative practice, and even lessons from Finnish education policies.

On October 8-9,

West Springfield team sees impact of “Learning Conversations” on students

This blog series spotlights current teams of the NEA Foundation Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. The Institute supports the collaborative efforts of these teams of local unions and school district leaders by focusing on a single

Best of the Cross-Site Convening: On poverty, race, global assessment, and student voice

How do we frame the issues of poverty, race, and inequality in public education? Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, offers her take on leaving no child behind.  

What does global student assessment data mean

Huffington Post Blog: To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them- And Embrace Who They Are

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation



Lexi is a bright, confident young woman at one of Washington, D.C.'s best public high schools. Austin is a two-sport student-athlete in western Pennsylvania. David, in his first year of college, is a community scholar at a prestigious Washington, DC

What do Charles Blow, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Marian Wright Edelman have in common?

They're all contributing to powerful discussions at the NEA Foundation’s upcoming Cross-Site Convening.

More than 200 education thought leaders will come together in Washington, D.C. to engage in conversations around union-district

Solving the Latino drop-out crisis: Educators and policymakers need diverse toolkit

By Molly M. Scott
The Urban Institute


Image courtesy of CASA de Maryland

The demography of our schools is changing rapidly. In response, education researchers are putting out more and more nuanced analysis about the intersection of race, income, parental education, English language

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