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Recruitment & Retention Video How to Support Early-Career Teachers: Advice From Native Educators
They were new teachers fresh out of a graduate program to create a Native teacher pipeline. Today, neither is still in that position.
Kaylee Domzalski, December 14, 2023
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School Choice & Charters Opinion Can a Network of Tiny, Teacher-Led Montessoris Spread Like Wildflowers?
Do the strengths of this school network hold lessons for traditional public schools?
Rick Hess, November 16, 2023
5 min read
Twin brothers John and Jonathan Easter walk together in their hometown of Bradley, Ark. a few weeks before they are going to begin college on July 30, 2021.
Twin brothers John and Jonathan Easter walk together in their hometown of Bradley, Ark. a few weeks before they are going to begin college on July 30, 2021.
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College & Workforce Readiness Video Resilience, Faith, and Support: How Twin Brothers Forged Diverging Paths to College
Twin brothers from rural Arkansas reflect on their path to college in the midst of the pandemic.
Brooke Saias, September 21, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion 4 Lessons Small School Communities Can Teach Us
School communities need a balance of "formal" democracy and civic agency.
Deborah Meier, April 28, 2016
3 min read
School & District Management Opinion The Roles of Direct Versus Indirect Power in School Communities
Who has the right to change the rules of the game to initiate public work? Who chooses its so-called leaders who speak for the whole?
Deborah Meier, April 21, 2016
2 min read
English-Language Learners Alaska Educators Fight to Keep Small Schools Open
Nearly 60 small, rural Alaska schools could close if lawmakers increase the minimum student enrollment number needed to get full state funding.
Jackie Mader, October 15, 2015
1 min read
School Choice & Charters Opinion Priorities for a Progressive Education Agenda
Today Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan describe what their priorities for a progressive education agenda.
Joe Nathan, May 21, 2015
7 min read
Teaching Opinion Why Public School Choice Should Be Part of School Improvement Efforts
isn't one of the central principles in a democracy, the power of citizens to make choices and decisions, within some limits? Also, don't we know that there's no single design/curriculum/organization for a school in which all students succeed? I think the answer is "yes." So public school choice, including chartering, with schools open to all - no admissions tests - should be part of what we work for.
Joe Nathan, May 14, 2015
6 min read
School Choice & Charters Opinion Wise Bill Gives District Teachers Money to Help Start New Schools
Jim Bartholomew and Louise Sundin often do not agree on education issues. Bartholomew lobbies for the Minnesota Business Partnership, the state's largest corporations. Sundin is former president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, and former American Federation of Teachers vice-president. Last week they agreed. They both supported a bill with bi-partisan support that Minnesota legislators are considering. The bill would provide startup funds, helping district public school teachers create "teacher led schools."
Joe Nathan, April 14, 2015
7 min read
School & District Management Report: Vermont's Smallest Schools a 'Financial Drain'
The report found that there is an enrollment threshold at which small schools are no longer financially and academically viable.
Jackie Mader, April 3, 2015
2 min read
School & District Management Opinion What Are School Leaders' Most Important Qualities?
We agree that if you want a distinctive school to last, you need to develop other professional staff who can lead.
Joe Nathan, March 8, 2015
6 min read
School Choice & Charters Opinion Sharing Facilities Can Help Students and Schools
Two or more schools can share space in a building, or share space with other organizations. Or they can do both. Sharing space can be done badly. But skillful sharing has many benefits for students, families and educators.
Joe Nathan, February 24, 2015
7 min read
School Choice & Charters Opinion What Assessment System Would Serve Students & Society?
"From my perspective, using a variety of measures, including some selected at the local school level by educators, families and students,is the best way to capture the broad array of things each school is trying to do."
Joe Nathan, February 17, 2015
12 min read
Accountability Opinion Can We Bring the Charter School Movement Under One Umbrella?
I'd love to figure out a way we could join together to create a charter movement that brings us together under one umbrella to fight for better charter or pilot legislation that will preserve the best of 'public-ness' and the best of 'private-ness.'
Joe Nathan, February 10, 2015
7 min read