Issue Brief: Peer Assistance & Review

Most professions have mechanisms in place to ensure that their practitioners know and carry out the highest standards of practice. Teacher peer assistance and review programs (PAR) are just such a mechanism in public education: teachers observe, support and assess the quality of practice and professional growth of their peers. This issue brief provides a snapshot of an NEA Foundation-funded PAR program in Columbus, OH, where teachers have led the way in achieving higher standards of

Closing Collaboration Gaps to Provide Meaningful Opportunities to Learn

I am heartened by the urgent call to action articulated by John H. Jackson to all of us in his recent Huffington Post blog, "A New Take on 'No Excuses' -- Tackling Poverty to Provide Meaningful Opportunity."  


Whether we seek to increase

Report: Expaned Learning Opportunities

Through expanded learning opportunities (ELOs), time is being reconsidered in districts across the nation to improve student learning and increase teaching effectiveness in support of 21st century learning goals.


Given the relative newness of many of

Huffington Post Blog: Seattle & Springfield Home Visits Program Featured

"Bringing it Home"


I am delighted to share with you my op-ed, linked above, which the Huffington Post posted yesterday afternoon.


It tells the powerful story of parent-teacher home visits in two of our Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative sites,

Issue Brief: Parent-Teacher Home Visits

Parent-teacher home visits, virtually unheard of a decade ago, are rapidly gaining national attention. They are proving to be a way of deepening trust and relationships among teachers, parents and students, and helping teachers better understand the

How Four Union-District Teams Are Improving Student Performance and Why We’re Helping Them

Union-district teams in Lee County, FL; Springfield, MA; Omaha, NE; and Columbus, OH have been selected from among thousands of school districts nationwide to participate in the latest expansion of the NEA Foundation’s Closing the

Springfield Educators Engage Parents Through Home Visits

A year ago, we selected a partnership between Springfield Education Association and Springfield Public Schools to receive $1.25 million grant for their plan to improve student achievement through our Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative.


Now, they

Collaboration: An Undervalued Key to Sustaining School Reform Efforts

By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


Last month, we brought together an amazing group of individuals, the leaders of our Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative sites. At our annual convening, teams of local union leaders,

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