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Issue Brief: Students Speak

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 County, FL to embrace student input to instructional goal setting and practices.

These strategies are an outgrowth of collaboration among the School District of Lee County, the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, and the Teachers Association of Lee County (FL). They have been endorsed by union leaders, front-line educators, and district and school administrators, and demonstrate the convergence of “bottom-up” and “top-down” input to improving instructional effectiveness, a signature feature of the NEA Foundation Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative, where teachers unions, districts, and community members work together to ensure a high quality education for all students.

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Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation