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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 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
Budget & Finance Leader To Learn From Opening the Books on How a School District Spends Money
Nolberto Delgadillo, the chief financial officer in Tulsa Public Schools, Okla., has skillfully made the district’s budgeting process more transparent by inviting parents and community members to dig into the budget with him. He translates complicated and arcane policies that shape school spending into easy to understand language. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Daarel Burnette II, February 19, 2020
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Families & the Community Opinion It's Hard to Stay on Top of Education Policy. You've Got to Have a Strategy
There's no one-stop shop to get everything you need from education policy, politics, and practice, writes academic Deven E. Carlson.
Deven E. Carlson, January 13, 2020
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Families & the Community Opinion When Online Surfing Replaced Long Days in a Dusty Library
Changing what and where I read has reshaped how I write about research—and where I publish that writing, explains Jo Boaler.
Jo Boaler, January 13, 2020
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Families & the Community Opinion Education News Has Become a Surging River. Here's How I Stay Afloat
It’s hard to overstate how profoundly the internet has altered the media landscape, writes Frederick M. Hess. Have our habits caught up?
Rick Hess, January 13, 2020
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Families & the Community Opinion 5 Guidelines to Avoid Getting Bamboozled by Misleading News
Deceptive news and research is having a heyday. Here’s how distinguished professor Donna Y. Ford cuts through the clutter.
Donna Y. Ford, January 13, 2020
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Federal High Stakes for Schools If 2020 Census Undercounts Latino Families
For communities with significant numbers of Latino and immigrant residents, the barriers to an accurate 2020 Census count are high—and so are the stakes for their schools, which could lose hundreds of millions of dollars if counts are inaccurate.
Corey Mitchell, November 21, 2019
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School & District Management Opinion There Is Rampant Distrust in Education. Here's How to Fix That
Is it possible to replace a culture of long-simmering distrust? Only if education leaders make some serious changes, writes Katherine Schultz.
Katherine Schultz, June 19, 2019
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Mahamed Cali is a parent evaluator in the Minneapolis school district where he uses his connections in the city’s Somali community to gather feedback from immigrant parents on their experiences with the school system.
Mahamed Cali is a parent evaluator in the Minneapolis school district where he uses his connections in the city’s Somali community to gather feedback from immigrant parents on their experiences with the school system.
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Families & the Community A District Knew It Was Failing Some Students. How It's Using Parents to Help
The Minneapolis district—with large achievement gaps between white and black students—is enlisting parents from communities of color to help it gather broader and better feedback on how to improve.
Denisa R. Superville, June 18, 2019
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Carmon Pool Drummond holds a stack of paperwork she used to file a complaint with the state of Oklahoma, saying her son was not receiving appropriate special education services.
Carmon Pool Drummond holds a stack of paperwork she used to file a complaint with the state of Oklahoma, saying her son was not receiving appropriate special education services.
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Special Education Parent of Spec. Ed. Student Spotlights Powerful Tool for Advocacy
One mother’s complaint to the state of Oklahoma regarding her child prompts a state order affecting students with disabilities throughout Tulsa.
Christina A. Samuels, April 30, 2019
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Classroom Technology How These 4 Educators Are Using Ed Tech to Transform Their Teaching
Learn how four teachers used new ed-tech tools to improve student engagement, differentiate learning, deploy better assessments, and communicate more effectively with parents.
Madeline Will & Sarah Schwartz, April 23, 2019
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