By Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing teachers posting pictures of their classrooms on Facebook, saying, “My classroom’s ready!” That takes me right back to my childhood, helping my mom prepare her classroom for the students in the waning days...
Aaron Thiell, principal of Latham Ridge Elementary School in Latham, New York, answers questions from Melissa Fraley, a parent and PTA member at the school, about how teachers and school leaders have worked together to implement the Common Core State Standards at Latham Ridge Elementary. Download as MP3 Following is...
By Kevin Scott, Director of Member Engagement, ASCD Last month, I wrote about the possibility of the final weeks of school being a spring board for the rest of the school year . I basically asked this question: “What if the bulk of the school year had the energy and...
By Joshua P. Starr, C hief Executive Officer, PDK International This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools marks a shift in both the poll and PDK International. As I assume leadership of the organization, I will build on PDK’s legacy while embracing opportunities to keep...
As the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Shanna Peeples wants to bring attention to the impact of poverty on students’ lives and education. She frequently works with students in crisis as part of her job as a high school English teacher and teacher mentor in Amarillo, Texas, a town...
By Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association Schools districts throughout America are rushing headlong to make the digital leap. The lure of the technology, the one-to-one laptops systemwide, is a powerful attraction for educators wanting to be rid of the traditional textbook. Occasionally, however, superintendents fall...
Common Core State Standards do not immediately transform a state’s educational system, nor do they occur in a vacuum. Kentucky is often considered the model for states that built a strong coalition of supporters and then used the standards as part of a broader transformation that included assessments, effective teaching,...
Ask new high school graduates what their plans are and chances are very good they will say college. Once a sign of privilege, going to college is now seen as almost a rite of passage. And little wonder. By 2020, two-thirds of all jobs will require education beyond high school....
By Sharon P. Robinson, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and Joe A. Hairston, Howard University As the first cohort of leaders embarks on their course of study with the new AASA Urban Superintendents Academy at Howard University and the University of Southern California, we are thrilled to...
Common Core has transformed teaching and learning in many classrooms, but one of the biggest challenges is explaining how it all works to parents and guardians—and then teaching them how to help their children at home. The Learning First Alliance recently spoke with Audra McPhillips, a mathematics specialist and pre-K-12...