At this year’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, NEA delegates will gather in Boston, Mass., to vote on issues facing public education and to set the organization’s policies and priorities for the upcoming year. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Uniting Our Members and the Nation for Strong Communities.” More than 7,500 educators are expected to
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Fed up with pressure standardized tests place on her young children, a North Carolina mom decided to speak out.  Adrian Wood, who blogs at Tales of an Educated Debutante, wrote a post titled “Stop the EOG Madness,” which she shared on Facebook. “EOG” refers to the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests that are administered to students in third
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There is widespread consensus that high quality pre-kindergarten programs can provide sizable benefits for young children and their families. For Hispanic[1] families the positive effects of pre-kindergarten on children’s school readiness outcomes appear to be even stronger. Despite these benefits, prior studies have found that Hispanic children consistently participate in early care and education (ECE)
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Like many other U.S. educators, Tim Walker* thought the schools in Finland sounded almost “mythical.” The rejection of high-stakes testing, a curriculum based on critical thinking and problem-solving, smaller classes, the time reserved for collaboration between teachers – these are just few of the pillars of a system that has been heralded around the world. In 2013, Walker moved to
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Andrea D. Lewis is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. In her latest book, Preservice Teachers, Social Class, and Race in Urban Schools published by Palgrave MacMillan, she explores her experiences growing up as a post-civil rights Black student in a middle-class, White community who went on to teach
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One of the primary reasons our nation’s founders envisioned a vast public education system was to prepare youth to be active participants in our system of self-government. The responsibilities of each citizen were assumed to go far beyond casting a vote; protecting the common good would require developing students’ critical thinking and debate skills, along
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