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Education Opinion Changing the National Narrative About Public Schools ... Next Steps

By Cheryl Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance (LFA)
Cheryl Scott Williams, January 31, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Opinion 21st-Century Solutions to 21st-Century Problems
Richard Wong, Executive Director of American School Counselor Association outlines that real education reform must take into account the changes in society and their effects on our students.
Richard Wong, January 28, 2013
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School & District Management Opinion Delivering on the Promise of Technology to Accelerate Educational Improvements
Brian Lewis, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education outlines the importance of technology in the classroom and the future benefits on children who graduate into a world where they will be competing for jobs on a global level - not only on a local, state or national level.
Brian Lewis, January 26, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Opinion School Safety and Climate: Mirrors, Tubas, and Notebook Paper
Dru Tomlin of the Association for Middle Level Education details creative approaches to school safety and enhancing school climate.
Dru Tomlin, January 22, 2013
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School & District Management Opinion It's Time We Were Ready to Support School Readiness
Marla Ucelli-Kashyap of the American Federation of Teachers, outlines the importance of school readiness and early childhood education.
Marla Ucelli-Kashyap, January 17, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Opinion School Preparedness Matters
Francisco M. Negrón, Jr. from the National School Board Association details the importance of school preparedness.
Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., January 15, 2013
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Standards Opinion Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common-Core Achievement
Mel Riddile of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, details five essential school wide conditions for the Common Core State Standards that will fundamentally shift the way principals lead schools.
Mel J. Riddile, January 10, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Family and Community Engagement: The Critical But Often Missing Ingredient!
Dr. Nancy Bolz, Director of Kansas Learning First Alliance, details the importance of open-communication when engaging the family and community in the school culture.
Nancy Bolz, January 9, 2013
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Student Well-Being Opinion Make it Your Mission That No Child Starts the Day Hungry
NEA HIN Program Coordinator Annelise Cohon supports school breakfast programs and provides evidence of the academic and health benefits associated with school breakfast.
Annelise Cohon, January 8, 2013
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International Opinion 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.
Cheryl Scott Williams, January 2, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Top Posts of 2012
From creating a digital culture to finding common ground on bullying, our most viewed posts of 2012 cover a wide range of topics. Enjoy!
Anne O'Brien, December 27, 2012
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Student Well-Being Opinion Meaningful Solutions for School Safety in the Newtown Aftermath
NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly believes that in addition to school safety, the Sandy Hook tragedy has raised much larger issues about student mental health issues and the glaring need for more coordinated community and school services available to principals who need them to help their students and families.
Gail Connelly, December 20, 2012
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Society's Obligations
In the wake of the tragedy at Newtown, ASCA Executive Director Kwok-Sze Wong reminds us that the United States has the highest number of guns per capita in the world - and the highest rate of untreated or undertreated mental illness.
Kwok-Sze Wong, December 19, 2012
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Education Funding Opinion Rich State, Poor State: The Accountability and Capacity Gap in Arizona's Public School Policies
Arizona Education Coalition Liaison JoAnne Hilde claims that Arizona is a state with public schools rich in accountability and dirt poor in capacity, with policymakers driven by the former and seemingly oblivious to the latter.
JoAnne Hilde, December 13, 2012
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