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Richard Long shares his perspective on working with First Lady Barbara Bush

Reflections on the passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush have shared her strength of character, her passions for literacy and her family, as well as her concern for others. I would like to add my admiration, from my perspective as a literacy advocate representing reading teachers, for her groundbreaking work to...

NEA's Donna Harris-Aikens and LFA's Rich Long discuss what equity means in 2018, as well as how schools and communities can advance it.

Last week, the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection, producing two reports highlighting major findings related to school climate and safety and access to STEM courses. The findings are troubling. The data show that, for example, black students and...

We must provide all teachers with the equipment and professional development necessary to embrace the digital transformation, writes the Napa County (CA) Superintendent of Schools.

By Dr. Barbara Nemko The year was 1965. Congress passed Title I for the purpose of ensuring that all children would have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and State academic assessments. In...

School discipline is moving in the right direction, but persistent inequities start early

By Patte Barth, Director of the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association Educators are doing something right inside our public school buildings. While it’s not often reported, indicators of disciplinary problems have been showing steady declines in recent decades, including for such serious infractions as gang...

Although widespread inequities in funding and other resources threaten progress toward providing all students access to an excellent education, AACTE and its members and partners won’t ever give up on that pursuit.

By Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE President & CEO This year marks the 70th anniversary of AACTE’s founding. Created in 1948 as an alliance to boost the quality of teachers being prepared for the country’s growing public school system, our association remains steadfastly focused on the democratic ideal of providing all...

Assistant Principals are often the unsung heroes of a school.

By Emily Sturchio, Professional Learning Associate at NASSP In working with a number of assistant principals both as a high school teacher and as an associate for the NASSP professional learning team, I can tell you that APs are often the unsung heroes of a school. It is our nation’s...

New research from Learning Forward offers insights that support implementation of technology initiatives that improve teacher practice.

By Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward Every week, it seems, there are enticing new technology tools developed for educators, schools, and school systems. What is it that leads teachers to use such resources? Learning Forward recently concluded a study to understand the factors that drive teachers to embrace --...

Teacher preparation programs must incorporate lessons about school shootings into their programs.

As America struggles to recover from the recent school shootings in Parkland, Florida, where 17 lives were tragically and unexpectedly cut short, we find ourselves embroiled in the same responses that surface after all mass shootings. Vigils, memorials, and protests abound across our nation to try to make sense of...

Annual CoSN poll shows school technology officials are focusing on cybersecurity and broadband/network issues, in spite of budget constraints

School leaders are placing a high priority on cyber security and broadband/network capacity, according to the new 2018 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report, released last week at the CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) annual conference. Also, continuing the trend of previous years, budget constraints remain a top challenge for...

Parent and education advocate Nathan Monell, executive director of the National PTA, reflects on his emotions in the wake of one of the worst school shootings in history.

By Nathan Monell, Executive Director, National PTA GRIEF. My heart is heavy with GRIEF and anger over the all-too-common school shootings that cause families to experience unbearable loss and tear our communities apart. The recent shooting in our own PTSA school in Parkland, Fla. brought it close to home once...