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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
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    Why Congress must deliver on student mental health

    An assistant principal writes that students need sustained mental health support to address the trauma and personal challenges of the pandemic.

    Beth Lehr • April 5, 2022
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    After 5 decades of teaching, 7 lessons my students taught me

    A veteran educator writes that pedagogy must adapt to how students learn, discipline must be more compassionate and building relationships is key.

    Stephen Sroka • March 29, 2022
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    Why devaluing family child care deprives children's development

    A family child care expert shares how school leaders can benefit from working closely with a broader range of early childhood ed providers.

    Janna Wagner • March 18, 2022
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    Connecting accessibility, third-party curriculum and student success

    School districts must carefully vet digital resources to ensure IDEA compliance, two learning accessibility advocates write.

    Mary Rice and Raymond Rose • March 16, 2022
  • How the pandemic made social-emotional learning more accessible

    These skills are essential for managing emotions, problem solving and building relationships, an expert writes in honor of International SEL Day.

    Katari Coleman • March 11, 2022
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    Food crisis in school cafeterias is a wake-up call for the USDA

    A former U.S. education secretary and a San Francisco district nutrition leader make the case for universal meals and greater school food support.

    Arne Duncan and Jennifer LeBarre • March 4, 2022
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    Improving school air quality is crucial to student health

    A Mayo Clinic professor and the leader of an Austin, Texas, prep academy write that cleaner air in buildings is a cause that should have broad support.

    Mark Ereth and Barbara Garza • March 1, 2022
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    From isolation to connection: New possibilities for learning during and after the pandemic

    A district leader suggests nine questions to help guide students from a generation isolated and learning virtually to one connected and engaged.

    Ari Gerzon-Kessler • March 1, 2022
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    From public health to personal finance, statistical literacy is essential for careers and everyday life

    Two academics write that the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of equipping students with the ability to assess data.

    Anna Bargagliotti and Hollylynne S. Lee • Feb. 22, 2022
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    COVID-19 relief plans don't reflect needs of English learners — it's not too late to change that

    An English-learner policy analyst writes that time and thoughtfulness in spending are critical to ensuring underserved groups' needs are met now and in the future.

    Leslie Villegas • Feb. 17, 2022
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    Early college can be a second chance for struggling students

    Dual enrollment offers a way for postsecondary education to stop replicating inequality. But programs must be built for students from more backgrounds.

    Karen A. Stout and Nick Mathern • Feb. 11, 2022
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    On heels of Bloomberg commitment, Black and brown-led charter schools are key

    The head of a national charter organization argues public charters are the fastest, best route to improve education for students and communities of color.

    Naomi Shelton • Jan. 28, 2022
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    3 inclusive education myths busted

    A district assistive technology specialist writes that removing barriers for diverse students requires overcoming pervasive narratives in learning.

    Jamie Maier • Jan. 6, 2022
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    4 areas of focus to drive the future of education

    With education at a crossroads, one expert writes that it's imperative to "keep driving" to expand educational access and opportunity.

    Christopher Thomas • Dec. 21, 2021
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    The issue of school redesign: 'If not now, when?'

    The growing burdens facing schools demand a rethinking of how school is designed from the ground up.

    Daniel A. Domenech and Jeff Wetzler • Dec. 17, 2021
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    Video empowers self-reflection, personalization in professional development

    An instructional coach writes that reviewing recordings of themselves can allow teachers to see things they often don’t recall from that moment.

    Donna Spangler • Dec. 10, 2021
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    Turning school boards into partisan battlegrounds benefits no one

    Communities need to set higher expectations for school boards while equipping those elected to meet them, according to two veteran board members.

    Ethan Ashley and Carrie Douglass • Nov. 30, 2021