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Student Leadership in California
by Jeff Camp | June 16, 2024 | 1 Comment

California has some great programs that help develop student leaders, but it could do much better with a master plan. This post celebrates what’s going well and suggests practical changes. Specifically, the timing of leadership transitions should be more purposeful.

Flunking Democracy
by Carol Kocivar | June 6, 2024 | 0 Comments

Here is the question of the day: Are we flunking democracy? America depends on an informed public to engage in issues with intelligence and compassion. Are our schools delivering? Well, there's good news and bad news...

How to Choose a College
by Jeff Camp | June 1, 2024 | 7 Comments

Suppose you get offers from multiple colleges. How do you choose among them? How does the college selection process actually work? This post takes the mystery out of it, and introduces a new, free tool to make informed choices based on your own interests.

Legislation still needed to close California’s reading gap
by Lori DePole | May 29, 2024 | 1 Comment

California has very poor literacy rates especially for low-income students, similar to what Mississippi used to have. The policies that can fix it are clear, explains Lori DePole of Decoding Dyslexia CA.

How are teachers trained?
by Leslie Reckler | May 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

The training process for new teachers is complex and deeply important. It’s also controversial and changing. In this post, Leslie Reckler explains the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA), which is about to either change or be scrapped.

Win $1,000 for Your School
by Jeff Camp | May 23, 2024 | 37 Comments

You're reading lessons on Ed100 because you want to help make schools better. Here's another reason: you could win MONEY for your school!

Now can we fix California's school facilities?
by Jeff Camp | May 19, 2024 | 1 Comment

It's been a long time since California last passed a bond to support school construction and renovation. A measure was put to voters in 2020, but the timing was poor, and it failed. Is it time to try again? Here's what you need to know about school bonds.

What is public censure?
by Leslie Reckler | May 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

A censure resolution is an official act of public rebuke. In recent years, school boards have grappled with them with growing frequency, and at substantial cost. In this post, Leslie Reckler explains the process, which she knows all too well.

Dress codes and equity
by Sue Oh | May 4, 2024 | 0 Comments

School dress code policies, once stodgy and sexist, are rapidly changing in many California school districts. In this post, Sue Oh, a student leader who will soon graduate from Sunny Hills High School, explains why students need to be part of leading this shift.

Schools Are Like Businesses
by Jeff Camp | April 15, 2024 | 2 Comments

Schools are like businesses, but not in the way most think. Discussing the analogy can help build community understanding of the roles that students, teachers and administrators play.

See you in Ontario
by Jeff Camp | April 7, 2024 | 2 Comments

Hey, California PTA members! Let's meet up at the 2024 PTA convention in Ontario, May 3-5. We have a lot to talk about. You're coming, right?

The School Closure Checklist
by Carol Kocivar | March 24, 2024 | 1 Comment

Declining enrollment and funding are forcing school districts to make hard decisions, including closing schools. This post explains the process, with advice from the State Department of Education and the Attorney General.

The battle over Ethnic Studies
by Carol Kocivar | March 17, 2024 | 1 Comment

California law will soon require all high school students to pass a semester-long course in Ethnic Studies to graduate. School districts are wrestling with how to meet the requirement, including how to select materials and prepare faculty members.

The Ed100 Toolbox
by Jeff Camp | February 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

When a PTA leader asked for a short overview presentation about Ed100, I found myself rummaging around for it. Slap to the forehead: if I can't find it, neither can you. So here ya go: the Ed100 Toolbox, full of resources and instructions to use them.

What Do Gifted Students Need?
by Jeff Camp | February 20, 2024 | 1 Comment

A small fraction of students have truly rare potential, often unnoticed. Once upon a time, government funds supported "Gifted and Talented" programs, but those days are basically gone. Here's what your school board can do.


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