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 reality many of the proposed changes to date haven't been big enough, focusing instead on narrow slices of instruction or school culture that, as principals and superintendents rotate through many of our most troubled schools and communities, often get

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

Issue Brief: Students Speak


A cornerstone of today’s education reform movement is the generation, analysis, and use of data to improve instruction and decision-making at all levels— the classroom, school, and district. This Issue Brief focuses on efforts in Lee

Reclaiming the Profession

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation

Not surprisingly, over the last several months there has been a surge of educators who are pushing back more forcefully on recently mandated and implemented systems of teacher evaluation. I believe they are justified.


Most of these systems fly in the

Huffington Post Blog: Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows

"Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows"


By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


“Getting communities more involved with their public schools can lead to strange bedfellows, like the group of motorcyclists that descended

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