We know that we can’t do this work alone and are dedicated to sharing our learning as broadly as possible. Find publications, research, and online courses that can support unions and districts working together to improve student performance.
On Oct. 16-17, 2014, the NEA Foundation convened 18 of its union-district leadership teams to engage in powerful discussions led by nationally renowned leaders and to inform their work to improve learning conditions and student performance at home.
Did you miss the live streaming coverage on October 16-17? Watch videos of all keynote speakers and panel discussions below.
Marian Wright Edelman: Let us Leave No Child Behind
In her remarks, Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, furthers the notion of collaboration as a necessary process for solving persistent failure and inequality, and inspires critical self-awareness and hope among partners.
Linda Darling-Hammond: Enough is Known for Action
In her remarks, Linda Darling Hammond, C.E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education, discusses how research, best practice and leadership is converging on a set of policy and practice levers to ensure that equality and excellence can be achieved systemically.
Master Teachers Speak: Communities, Unions and Districts Listen
What contributes to the trajectory of a master teacher and how can districts, unions, and communities help? Three master teachers share their stories, moderated by David Berliner, Regents’ Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University.
Students Speak: Communities, Unions and Districts Listen
How can union-district teams do differently to embrace students as partners? Michael Nakkula, Practice Professor, Chair, Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Pennsylvania, moderates a panel of student leaders who share their perspectives on the “hot topics” that most directly impinge on their academic success, development, and sense of well-being.
Charles Blow: Leading with Hope and Courage in Uncertain Times
How can leaders transcend ideological or political divides as a moral imperative of effective leadership on behalf of all children? Charles Blow, The New York Times’ Visual Op-Ed Columnist draws on his experience as a student of color and as one of nation’s most incisive and compassionate cultural critics.
There are an increasing number of examples of labor-management teams working to improve student performance nationwide. The publications and resources below give you a sense of what’s possible when we all work together.
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 impinge most directly on success and failure, and learning organization structures and processes help organizations to adapt in the face of evolving influences or exigencies. This issue brief highlights several of these processes in two NEA Foundation-funded sites—Columbus, OH and Seattle, WA.
There is growing consensus on the important role that a teacher plays in the life of a child. Below is a selection of recent research about how to build, scale and assess teaching capacity.
We know that involving communities is a critical piece in improving public education. A selection of relevant resources around community and parent engagement is below.
This issue brief highlights the collaborative work of two communities currently funded by the NEA Foundation as part of its Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative—Lee County, FL and Springfield, MA. In each of these communities, community partners have been engaged to achieve initiative goals by generating a shared agenda for reform and by bringing specific community-based assets to the bear on the development, implementation and sustainability of that agenda. Lessons learned from these two communities can be applied to any community and school district, especially wherever economic or social hardship continue to demand new resources and renewed public will to effect enduring change.