Change Agents: Profiles of Union Leaders Driving Education Reform

The Summer 2011 issue of NEA Today magazine highlighted union-led efforts to help transform priority schools in some of America’s neediest communities. Here are the stories of five union leaders who were featured on the magazine’s cover and who are…

Obama Calls for $60 Billion to Save Teacher Jobs, Fix Schools

UPDATE

President Barack Obama called for $30 billion in new money to stave off teacher layoffs—and $30 billion more to revamp facilities at the nation’s K-12 schools and community colleges—as he outlined his vision for spurring the sputtering economy in …

NEA Has High Hopes for Obama’s Jobs Speech

Looking forward to the big Obama jobs speech tomorrow? The National Education Association sure is. President Obama spoke with Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the nation’s largest teachers union today and told him that school modernization and jobs (although …

HotSeat Interview: NYC Educator Describes Book Experience

A young charter school administrator named Jessica Reid (pictured) played a small but important role in Steve Brill’s book, Class Warfare, both in illustrating how some of the higher-performing charter schools do things and in highlighting the wear and tear …

"they" is the operative word

Jeff Utecht echoes the frustrations of many technology coordinators in a recent Thinking Stick blog post:

We go on teaching the same way we know how to teach….because we know how it goes, we know it works, we bury …

Profiles and Commitments in School Transformation

NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign: Profiles and Commitments in School Transformation is a brochure that highlights how schools, associations and communities collaborate to create great public schools for every student. Inside the brochure, read examples of successful  policies and practices in…

Quote: Turning School Reform Into A Soap Opera

Explaining Randi Weingarten’s or Eva Moskowitz’s challenges isn’t gossip and doesn’t diminish the important of the issues or their work. - Steve Brill response to Wendy Kopp (via W. Tilson read the full email below)

BRILL VIA TILSON:

I wasn't able …

Designing Women: Encouraging Young Women to Pursue Engineering

Why are more engineers men than women? Any easy answer is undoubtedly wrong, especially the suggestion that male brains are more suited to engineering than female. Consider why more restaurant kitchens are run by men than women and you …

AM News: Ackerman Is Out In Philadelphia

Ackerman Out as Philly Superintendent Philadelphia Inquirer: Posts by Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham on the costly buyout of Ackerman's contract and other reaction from around the city.

US DoE Gives $10 million Grant for Charter School Facilities EdNews: The Local …

Summer School for Educators

Instead of trips to the beach or a day at the ballpark, hundreds of teachers went to “summer school” to dive into professional development and to learn from their peers about what’s working—and what’s not—to improve education for needy students…