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Ed100 Chapter of the Month: Planning for PTA Meetings
by Jeff Camp | March 14, 2019 | 8 Comments

Here's a plan to take your PTA to a new level of understanding about California's education system.

Can the School System Be Saved?
by Jeff Camp | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

People sometimes ask me how California's public schools can be saved. "From what?" I ask. The premise of the question is that the education system needs to be rescued. I agree… but not from villains. Universal public education needs to be rescued from pessimism.

Educational Pursuit
by Jeff Camp | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Educational Pursuit is a game activity that you can use to help inspire people to learn more about California's education system using Ed100. Try it out!

Ed100 Democracy Quiz: Can We Stump You?
by Carol Kocivar | June 27, 2019 | 1 Comment

There's one thing that leaders past and present consistently agree about...

Education Data: Slow Expectations
by Jeff Camp | June 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

In the old days, essential facts about schools had to be tallied by hand. Compiling data was slow, error-prone work. We don't live in that world anymore... right? Alas, fast computers are no match for slow expectations. Here's why the problem matters, and how to fix it.

How To Win $1,000 for Your School
by Jeff Camp | June 18, 2019 | 24 Comments

You're reading lessons on Ed100 because you want to help make schools better. To encourage you, the California State PTA is offering another reason: you could win MONEY for your school's PTA!

Ed100 Winners Announced
by Jeff Camp | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to C.K. McClatchy High, the winner of the $1,000 prize in the Ed100 drawing! Congratulations also to the other four winners of the $250 prizes...

The Ed100 Toolbox
by Jeff Camp | June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently, a PTA leader asked for a short overview presentation about Ed100, and I found myself rummaging around for it. This prompted a slap to the forehead: if I can't find it, neither can you. So here ya go. Announcing the Ed100 Toolbox.

Can Students Serve on California School Boards?
by Michaela Klein Weinstein | May 31, 2019 | 2 Comments

In California, if a school district includes a high school, the school board ought to include a student member, but not all yet do. Michaela Weinstein, a student member of the board in Albany Unified, explains the steps needed to create the position, and how to serve it well.

What's Happening to Charter Schools?
by Carol Kocivar | May 20, 2019 | 2 Comments

Legislative debate about charter schools in California has sparked lots of emotion this year, with hundreds of advocates clogging the halls of the capitol to speak for and against new bills about charter schools. Here's what's at stake.

Ed100 Chapter of the Month #10: So Now What?
by Jeff Camp | May 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

The first nine chapters of Ed100 explained California's public education system, piece by piece. So now what? If we want to make the system work better for more kids, what can be done? That's the focus of Chapter 10.

The 100 Best Public High Schools in California
by Carol Kocivar | April 29, 2019 | 2 Comments

Every year lists come out touting the 100 “best” high schools in California. Be wary when you look at them. Any time someone creates a list of the "best" it’s good to ask some basic questions like these: The best at what? The best for whom?

Local Indicators on the California School Dashboard
by Mary Perry | April 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Created by and for each school district (not for individual schools), the "local indicators" on the California School Dashboard aren't visually attractive, but they are hidden gems. They succinctly express important goals and the district's the plan to achieve them.

Does Your School Start Too Early?
by Carol Kocivar | April 16, 2019 | 1 Comment

Teenagers need more sleep. Medical experts recommend that middle schools and high schools should start no earlier than 8:30. School districts have been slow to change. California legislators are considering whether to force the issue with a statewide policy.

Why Ed100 Is Giving Away Money, and How Your PTA Can Get It
by Jeff Camp | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Ed100 drawing is coming up fast, and your school's PTA could win $1,000. Here's WHY we hold these drawings.

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