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January 02, 2013

Words Count: Let's Change How We Talk About Public Schools

LFA Executive Director Cheryl Williams calls for a change in the conversation around public education in this nation.

October 23, 2012

It Takes a City: Building Blocks, Builders, and Tools Are Needed for Real Instructional Reform

AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyup reminds us that not only do we need to implement the Common Core, we need to do it well. And that requires conviction, knowledge, resources, and tools for all the key players in the education community.

September 11, 2012

To Innovate, Look to Those Who Educate

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap shares examples of how AFT's Innovation Fund is investing in creative ideas by practitioners, for practitioners, to solve problems.

August 02, 2012

Solution-Driven Unionism: By Teachers, For Teachers

AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyup discusses solution-driven unionism and the new resource "Share My Lesson," which serves as a digital filing cabinet of lesson plans, student activities, teacher strategies, quizzes, handouts, videos and more, organized and searchable by topic, sub-topic, grade, and type of resource.

June 12, 2012

There is Much to Get Right...or Wrong...About the Common Core

AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyup reminds us that the Common Core State Standards are only be as good as the system that supports them and that to implement them successfully will require the engagement of key stakeholders such as teachers, parents, district officials, national partners and more.

May 29, 2012

Urgency and Complacency in Public Schooling

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.

May 22, 2012

Fix the Fixation on Testing

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.

April 12, 2012

For Educators, "Bully" Is a Serious Conversation Starter

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel hopes "Bully," the movie, starts serious conversations among educators and parents nationwide, conversations about how to eliminate bullying for our schools.

March 22, 2012

Collective Capacity - A Consistent Theme of High Performers

Reflecting on the International Summit of the Teaching Profession and a recent study visit to Asia, AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyap finds that one commonality stands out in the systematic approaches high-performing countries have taken to educational improvement: Collective capacity.

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