Educators Aren’t Just Welcoming Change, They’re Leading It


Jenna Marvin, a media specialist at Howenstine High Magnet School, doesn’t buy into the perception of some that the National Education Association (NEA) and its members resist change and reform.

On the contrary, at her school in Tucson, Arizona, …

Disproving the “Failing” Label


Educators and staff at many priority schools have seen their school ranked, labeled and listed on a recurring basis that’s rarely positive. Kit Carson Elementary School is no stranger to that trend.

The school is located in West Las Vegas, …

Disproving the “Failing” Label

By Amy Buffenbarger Educators and staff at many priority schools have seen their school ranked, labeled and listed on a recurring basis that’s rarely positive. Kit Carson Elementary School is no stranger to that trend. The school is located in…

Spotlight Shines on NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign

By Amy Buffenbarger Just two years after the 2009 Representative Assembly mandated NEA to create a program that would focus resources to transform struggling schools, delegates had a front row seat to view how the union is leading the way…

Garden Helps to Engage Students, Get Involved in Community

By Amy Buffenbarger Tilling soil, shoveling ten tons of gravel, laying paving stones and growing crops aren’t normal job duties for an educator. But for staff at McGary Middle School in Evansville, Indiana, that’s exactly what they are doing this…

Collaboration and Contract Make a Difference for Students

By Amy Buffenbarger Marjorie Punter made a shocking discovery two years ago on her first day of school at Belmont: there were no textbooks for her students. “It was devastating to find out how far behind we were,” said Punter,…

Collaboration and Contract Make a Difference for Students

By Amy Buffenbarger Marjorie Punter made a shocking discovery two years ago on her first day of school at Belmont: there were no textbooks for her students. “It was devastating to find out how far behind we were,” said Punter,…

Creating a Safe Learning Environment

By Amy Buffenbarger Belmont was a school run by the students. They skipped class and roamed the halls in the hundreds. Fights were a near daily occurrence. Police cars regularly parked outside. An emergency alarm sat next to the cash…

Creating a Safe Learning Environment

By Amy Buffenbarger Belmont was a school run by the students. They skipped class and roamed the halls in the hundreds. Fights were a near daily occurrence. Police cars regularly parked outside. An emergency alarm sat next to the cash…

Educating Refugees in the Heartland

By Amy Buffenbarger

“Ok, let’s count 91 to 100 all together.”

“I want to count one to 100 by myself!”

Alex, a first-grader and Edmunds Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa, is a refugee from the African country …