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    Reading reality in America’s classrooms

    The nation's schools are facing a long overdue conversation about "deeply flawed" reading curricula that don't serve students, three superintendents write.

    LaTonya Goffney, Sonja Santelises and Iranetta Wright • March 16, 2023
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    Will there be a ‘Big Bang’ in education research in 2023?

    The head of the Institute of Education Sciences sees two key areas as having potential for major breakthroughs.

    Mark Schneider • Feb. 1, 2023
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    4 strategies for unlocking the value of SEL

    The Newark Trust for Education’s P-12 strategy director writes that thoughtful planning is critical to maximize social-emotional learning’s benefits.

    Stephanie Parry • Dec. 9, 2022
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    These 4 pillars support effective school cybersecurity strategy

    In a world where cybercriminals only need to get lucky once, districts should focus on mitigation, communication, training and remediation.

    Jim Corns • Nov. 23, 2022
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    Taking student support to the next level

    Public dollars would go further faster with integrated student support infrastructure that delivers relationships and resources to individual students.

    Julia Freeland Fisher and Joan Wasser Gish • Nov. 18, 2022
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    The core problem at the root of math phobia? Fear of failure

    Concern over making the wrong decisions is hindering progress in school and extending to life beyond the classroom, a veteran math educator writes. 

    Eileen Slaton • Nov. 9, 2022
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    Educator shortages are a real crisis — especially in special education

    Administrators are straining under the pressure of finding qualified personnel to meet federal requirements on specialized instruction and related services.

    Myrna Mandlawitz • Nov. 4, 2022
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    Passion will only get you so far: What will it take to keep teachers from leaving?

    A high school social studies teacher writes that a “desire to inspire” students can only carry educators so far amid growing hardships in the profession.

    Tim Smyth • Oct. 14, 2022
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    Who gets to be brilliant?

    A nonprofit director writes more must be done to ensure schools recognize giftedness in Black and Hispanic students.

    Autumn A. Arnett • Sept. 21, 2022
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    5 strategies for rebuilding student engagement after COVID-19

    The former superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools writes that reconnecting requires multiple strategies, open dialogue, trust and empathy.

    Anthony Hamlet • Aug. 22, 2022
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    How learning loss is framed shapes how it’s addressed

    An education nonprofit leader details three ways to approach and address pandemic-driven gaps in learning — and why the language used matters.

    Ronald Chaluisán Batlle • Aug. 11, 2022
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    How higher ed collaboration helped a district streamline college opportunities

    A superintendent shares how a partnership with Arizona State University expanded postsecondary opportunities with an automatic-entry program.

    Chad Gestson • July 26, 2022
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    How one district created a program to recruit and retain 100 men of color

    A South Carolina district superintendent explains how a pioneering initiative is already achieving success — and offers promise for the future.

    Baron R. Davis • July 7, 2022
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    Those of us who remember pre-Roe campuses recognize the challenges schools now face

    A former college president writes that in a post-Roe v. Wade environment, educators face daunting challenges if they hope to prevent erosion in the educational achievement, workforce participation and economic contributions of women.

    Jo Ellen Parker • June 24, 2022
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    Why we stay: 3 Massachusetts principals on striking a balance between pressure, progress

    Despite the challenges, seeing students and educators strive to achieve makes it worth staying in the profession, a trio of school leaders writes.

    Sacha Garcia-Mailloux, Lori McKenna and Steven Moguel • June 13, 2022
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    We need to stop teaching high school subjects separately

    A teacher writes that schedules and grading systems must be rethought to give students freedom to engage in projects that meld subject areas.

    Alyssa McKee • June 6, 2022
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    Why text diversity matters

    A literacy director with NWEA shares how her experiences with 'The Baby-Sitters Club' highlight the importance of diverse literature.

    Miah Daughtery • June 1, 2022
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    ESSER spending is a journey: How can ed leaders invest to keep the trip running?

    A former superintendent and a policy expert write that coordinated spending and braiding funds are essential steps to maintain the ESSER "road trip."

    Robert Avossa and Dana Godek • May 23, 2022
  • 4 key factors to support district-wide math achievement

    A retired superintendent writes that making math achievement a "non-negotiable" is critical to improving outcomes.

    Amy Hodgson • May 19, 2022
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    Big money, big ideas: Will schools seize the day along with the cash?

    A former school district CFO writes administrators have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make bold moves that expand effectiveness and opportunities.

    Erin Covington • May 13, 2022
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    Entrepreneurship education won't save the teaching profession — but it's a good place to start

    A Florida educator writes that teacher satisfaction is a complex problem that can only be addressed with a multifaceted approach.

    Falia Justima • May 3, 2022
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    Advancing an equity-oriented science of education

    The president of the William T. Grant Foundation sees new opportunities at the other end of unprecedented challenges for U.S. education.

    Adam Gamoran • April 28, 2022
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    Being a teacher needs to be the best job in the district

    A leader and a staff member of NCEE write that teachers should be rewarded for leading the growth of their colleagues.

    Jason Dougal and Ann Borthwick • April 21, 2022
  • Emerging tools can help make student-teacher relationships stronger than ever

    A former superintendent writes that some classroom tech can free educators' time from logistics and rote grading to allow more face time with students.

    Robert Avossa • April 19, 2022
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    We need a 'Bill of Rights' for pandemic recovery

    A former Education Department deputy assistant secretary suggests a 5-point plan of action for supporting student success.

    Ian Rosenblum • April 7, 2022