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The National PTA Reflections Program was founded in 1969 by Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson with a simple objective: to encourage students to explore their talents in the arts and deepen their self-expression through those experiences. Eleven years ago, the US Department of Education started a Student Art Exhibit...
By Margaret Glick, for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) “ We are teaching kids to live on a planet we’ve never seen.” - Mary Catherine Bateson This quote is as true now as it has ever been, but how are we to do this? By developing students’ abilities...
By Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association The National Student Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker is an invaluable service that can help districts better prepare their students for college success. The National Student Clearinghouse is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by the higher-education community to track students who...
It’s difficult to imagine life without computers and technology in general - some days my eyes hurt from staring at screens too much. But computer science is much more in-depth than the basic Internet navigation and word processing skills many of us use in our professional lives. Coding, for example,...
Looking back on 2013, the Learning First Alliance is pleased to bring you the five most viewed success stories* from the more than 170 stories housed on our site. Criteria for inclusion on the site is relatively straightforward – the story must show that a school, district or state identified...
By Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association (NSBA) One year later, the nation continues to memorialize the 26 adults and children who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, support their survivors, grieve, and move forward. For school board members, the urgency of making schools around the...
Editor's note: Our guest blogger today is Roxanna Elden. She is a National Board Certified teacher in Miami, Florida. Her book, See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers , is a funny, honest, practical guide with hundreds of stories and tips from teachers around the country. “It’s the...
By Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association, and Billy Shore, Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength Hunger can be found in every corner of the country, affecting one in five children, and this problem often plays out in the classroom. Hungry children struggle to concentrate in class, visit the...
By Allison Gulamhussein , doctoral student at George Washington University, former high school English teacher and spring 2013 policy intern for the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education (CPE) Recently, students in New York City took their first round of exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards....
By Erica Lue, Advocacy Coordinator, National PTA Since the 2001 passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, many schools have struggled to find ways to meet the act's rigorous assessment standards. One avenue schools have been taking to find time for more academics is to cut out physical education...