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The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recently named Terri Tchorzynski, a school counselor at Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, Mich., its 2017 School Counselor of the Year. Ms. Tchorzynski works with students in 11 th and 12 th grades to match their interests and abilities to the pathways...
With the Senate debating the confirmation of a staunch school choice advocate to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education, veteran Washington insider and public schools advocate Arnold Fege discusses the differences in school choice mechanisms for parents and taxpayers. Do you think you know about tuition tax credits, vouchers,...
America for more than four decades has seen middle-class households shrinking from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015 as reported by the Pew Research Center . One of the main drivers for the decline in the middle class and the loss of 5 million good paying manufacturing jobs over...
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) working with and through state associations and more than 90,000 school board members is committed to providing the highest quality education for every child. At a time when public schools are educating more students at a higher level than ever before in history –...
This week the Senate HELP Committee leadership announced that it has postponed the panel's vote on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education to January 31. However, the National Association of Secondary School Principals says there are still too many unanswered questions from last...
A coalition of more than 30 national education groups, including six Learning First Alliance members, is urging the U.S. Senate to thoroughly investigate Betsy DeVos' nomination to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education. The groups circulated a letter to members of the Senate HELP Committee in advance of DeVos'...
The following is the second of a two-part series on how superintendents and school leaders can handle issues stemming from "fake news." It is written by Richard Bagin, executive director of the National School Public Relations Association. Read the first of the series here . I offer these ideas as...
In this first of a two-part segment, Richard Bagin, executive director of the National School Public Relations Association, discusses how fake news impacts school district leaders. In the second installment , he discusses strategies and tactics to help school leaders deal with fake news. “Fake news” used to be somewhat...
To take advantage of the educational promise of online assessments, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking); AASA, The School Superintendents Association; and the National School Boards Association have released a new report and planning tool for school leaders. The report, Online Assessment: From Readiness to Opportunity , shares the recent...
“Pedagogy matters.” Rod Lucero, a vice president with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education , makes a common sense point: Just because someone is a great mathematician doesn’t mean they can teach. LFA recently reported on recent research on the educator pipeline , which finds that fewer candidates...