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, 2015 we’ll dive into these topics and much more with renowned speakers, like Harvard’s Pasi Sahlberg University of Michigan’s Deborah Loewenberg Ball, and Harvard’s Paul Reville, among others.

You can watch the live stream of

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

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

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