May 2012 Archives

NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly urges school leaders, educators, community agencies, and parents to work together to protect and fortify arts education.

LFA Executive Director Cheryl S. Williams questions Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's assertion that complacency is the biggest challenge facing public education in this nation, reminding us of the urgency with which education leaders are acting in school systems across the country.

National PTA Executive Director Eric Hargis asks that we stop politicizing the Common Core State Standards so that they can reach their full potential in benefiting the nation's students.

AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyap calls on education stakeholders to end the fixation on low-quality, high-stakes assessments in favor of an accountability system that integrates testing with teaching and learning, and measures deeper subject matter knowledge and whether students have the skills to use it.

Though little research indicates that virtual schools are effective, state legislatures are approving these institutions (which typically operate with few accountability measures) at a remarkable rate. NSBA Executive Director Anne Bryant urges lawmakers to tread more cautiously in this arena.

Dr. Alison Hilsabeck, dean of the National College of Education at National Louis University, answers the question, "What do we know about teaching teachers?"

AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech urges educators to tell Congress how damaging the cuts of sequestration will be to their districts and communities.

In preparation for the full implementation of Common Core State Standards, the Association for Middle Level Education shows how middle grades principles from This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents weave with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). When combined, these research-based concepts prepare educators to increase academic achievement for all students.

AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech offers ten steps that the federal government can take to strengthen public education in the United States.

NSPRA Executive Director Rich Bagin urges school leaders to be proactive in communicating about school budgets and offers strategies and tactics to help build support.


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