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 university, having made his way here from among the most distressed neighborhoods in Chicago. Very little about their lives is similar, except for the fact that they are all in school. And if you ask them about what they think about what they're

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

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

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

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

"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

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