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Posted Jan. 7, 2022

Strong School Leaders Are Key to Helping the Entire School Community Navigate This Pandemic

From staffing shortages and school board protests to the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, times are tough for educators and school leaders, and may…

By Chris Minnich

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Posted Dec. 10, 2021

5 Tips From States Leading the Way on Learning Recovery

With students back in classrooms and the true measure of missed learning during the pandemic becoming apparent, we at Zearn are often asked for “the…

By Shalinee Sharma

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Posted Dec. 8, 2021

You Shouldn’t Have to Be an Educator To Critique Education

If I had a nickel for every time a school official uttered the phrase “unprecedented times” in the past year and a half, our schools…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Dec. 7, 2021

POLL: L.A. Families Want Equity and Accountability From Next Superintendent

Sometime this winter, a new superintendent will take the helm of the Los Angeles Unified School District. According to a new poll commissioned by Great…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 17, 2021

Schools Now Have Tons of Money. What Are They Doing With It?

I live in Lawrence, New Jersey—a middle-class, diverse town, halfway between Princeton and Trenton. For years I was on the school board and was very…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 4, 2021

3 Ways We Can Support the Unique Needs of English Language Learners After the Pandemic

Picture this: a Spanish-speaking student in the back of the classroom struggling to understand a lecture.  Now picture this: a Spanish-speaking student in the back…

By Jonathan Zabala

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Posted Sep. 23, 2021

Q&A: New Orleans Is Taking a New Approach to Find Its Next Superintendent

Ethan Ashley is the president of the Orleans Parish School Board, which regained full control of New Orleans public schools on July 1, 2018. New…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2021

These 5 Anti-Racist Books Will Help Level Up Your School’s Professional Development

Over the past year, I have been able to read a ton of great books focused on social justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, and disrupting white…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted June 16, 2021

Teachers Are the Best Experts on How to Spend the American Rescue Plan Money

The American Rescue Plan is sending an additional $128 billion in federal dollars to elementary and secondary schools to help students recover from the difficult…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 20, 2021

5 Steps to Help Students With Special Needs Make a Smooth Transition to In-Person Learning

With the end of the pandemic in sight and some communities already reopening, it is time to understand what it will take for special education…

By Rachael Storey

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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