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 new evaluation rubric that applies a magnifying glass to the nuts and bolts of teaching practice. And in St. John the Baptist Parish, teachers and school leaders are being asked to make these changes a reality while facing declining budgets, 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

Issue Brief: Unions, Districts, and Communities to the Table

The NEA Foundation embraces deep and enduring collaboration among the local teachers union and the teachers they represent, the district and community as a core philanthropic strategy. In our funded sites, local collaborative teams plan and

Huffington Post Blog: A Real Recipe for Improving Schools

"A Real Recipe for Improving Schools"


By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


"To get one idea of how to improve teaching in our nation's schools, drop by the local hospital. Chances are you'll see a group of doctors and medical

Issue Brief: High Performing School Systems

Today, several prescriptions exist for enabling schools and districts to effectively fulfill their missions to systemically improve outcomes for students. Systems thinking helps organizations identify the inter-relationship of the factors that

Huffington Post Blog: Addressing the Other Side of Teacher Evaluation

"Addressing the Other Side of Teacher Evaluation"


Powerful improvements in instruction occur when teachers are observed, supported, and assessed by their peers. Want to know more? Read my blog on the Huffington Post.


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