Community Engagement

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School & District Management What Can Educators Do to Incite Lasting Change? Build Stronger Relationships
Letting students take the lead and building stronger connections in the community are good places to start.
Lauraine Langreo, September 19, 2022
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School Choice & Charters Opinion The Biden Administration Is Right: Charters Need to Be More Accountable
The proposed changes to the federal Charter School Program are just common sense, write Jitu Brown and Randi Weingarten.
Jitu Brown & Randi Weingarten, June 15, 2022
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Phlebotomists Willie Grant, left, and Tawana Liggins, right, prepare sophomore Isaac Brown and junior Kendra Gillenwater to donate blood during a blood drive at Eastbrook High School east of Marion, Ind., in 2017.
Phlebotomists Willie Grant, left, and Tawana Liggins, right, prepare sophomore Isaac Brown and junior Kendra Gillenwater to donate during a blood drive at Eastbrook High School east of Marion, Ind., in 2017. Donations from high school students make up a significant share of the nation's blood supply.
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Families & the Community Q&A Blood Donations Dropped When Schools Closed. Here's What Teens Learn by Giving a Pint
A COVID-related decline in high school blood drives added to a national blood shortage. A Red Cross official shares how schools can help.
Evie Blad, March 11, 2022
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Teaching Q&A Q&A: What Is Culturally Responsive Teaching?
A Native education expert explains what culturally responsive teaching is and why it is so important for students.
Kaylee Domzalski, November 17, 2021
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Seminole County, Fla., deputies remove parent Chris Mink of Apopka from an emergency meeting of the Seminole County School Board in Sanford, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Mink, the parent of a Bear Lake Elementary School student, opposes a call for mask mandates for Seminole schools and was escorted out for shouting during the standing-room only meeting.
Deputies remove a parent from an emergency meeting of the Seminole County School Board in Sanford, Fla., after the parent, who opposes a call for mask mandates for Seminole schools, shouts during the standing-room only meeting.
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Federal National School Board Group's Apology for 'Domestic Terrorism' Letter May Not Quell Uproar
The National School Boards Association voices "regret" for how it sought federal aid to address threats and harassment of school officials.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 24, 2021
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Brenda Stephens, a school board member with Orange County Public Schools in Hillsborough, N.C. has purchased a weapon and taken a concealed carry class over concerns for her personal safety.
Brenda Stephens, a school board member in Hillsborough, N.C., says board members face threats and bullying, an atmosphere far different from what she's encountered in years of board service.
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Federal School Boards, 'Domestic Terrorism,' and Free Speech: Inside the Debate
From critical race theory to COVID policy, the heat on schools has raised issues involving free speech and the safety of public officials.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 20, 2021
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Protesters against a COVID-19 mandate gesture as they are escorted out of the Clark County School Board meeting at the Clark County Government Center, on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Las Vegas.
Protesters against a COVID-19 mask mandate gesture as they are escorted out of the Clark County School Board meeting in Las Vegas in August.
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Federal School Boards Ask Biden to Review Threats and Violence as Possible 'Domestic Terrorism'
The White House should aid education leaders facing rising disruptions and harassment over COVID-19 rules, a national group says.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 30, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Reported Essay Our Student Homeless Numbers Are Staggering. Schools Can Be a Bridge to a Solution
The pandemic has only made the student homelessness situation more volatile. Schools don’t have to go it alone.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 14, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion A School District Is Built on Relationships. Here’s How to Harness Them
Building relationships is essential for managing a crisis, explains a superintendent who mobilized a 75-member reopening task force.
Zandra Jo Galván, July 9, 2021
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Conceptual illustration of the flag of the United States with the stripes changing to black and white, cutout people representing the black and white population and Black student in the classroom with hand raised.
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Equity & Diversity Why the Critical Race Theory Fight Is Harder for Educators Than the Common Core Battle
Educators and advocates see clear parallels—and sharp differences—between the politically charged disputes with schools at the center.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 1, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Does Your District's Way of Decisionmaking Reinforce Systemic Racism?
Leaders must ask if their vision of student success reflects what Black and brown families say is most important, write John B. Diamond and Jennifer Cheatham.
Jennifer Perry Cheatham & John B. Diamond , May 10, 2021
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Denise Tilley receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 3, 2021 in Anchorage, Alaska. The Anchorage school district is a leading provider of inoculations to community members in the state.
Denise Tilley receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 3, 2021 in Anchorage, Alaska. The Anchorage school district is a leading provider of inoculations to community members in the state.
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School & District Management Should Schools Become Vaccination Sites for Everyone?
As districts work with health agencies to inoculate staff, some leaders say schools could be ideal vaccination hubs for the whole community.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 4, 2021
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School & District Management Some Parents Concerned Their Children Won't Be Ready for Next Year, Survey Says
While most parents of K-12 students seem pleased with the communication and educational activities schools are providing during the COVID-19 shutdowns, some are still concerned about how prepared their children will be for the next school year, a University of Southern California survey finds.
Gabrielle Wanneh, April 30, 2020
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Families & the Community Collection Parent Changemakers: Speaking Up, Taking Action
Parents who start out advocating for their own children can end up having a big impact on an entire school community. Here are some examples of parents who have turned their concerns into action.
February 28, 2020