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Announcing the Ed100 Online Summer Academy for California Student Leaders - Application Deadline Extended to July 10
by Jeff Camp | July 1, 2020 | 7 Comments

Calling all high school student leaders: Apply now for the Ed100 Online Summer Academy! Your insights and your voice are needed now more than ever. This new statewide conference will help you learn what you need to know to serve with distinction and make a difference. And yes, it's FREE.

Program Guide for the Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders
by Jeff Camp | June 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

This post describes the sessions and speakers planned for the Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders, which will be held online July 20-23, 2020. Over a thousand high school student leaders have applied. Will your school be represented?

Where Can We Find the Money Schools Need?
by Carol Kocivar | June 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

To reopen schools safely will require more funding, not less. Where will it come from? Education advocates argue that it is time for a fresh look at tax breaks that reduce school funding.

Teaching Civics Has Never Mattered More
by Carol Kocivar | June 14, 2020 | 3 Comments

Racism. Protests. Pandemic. Helping our children understand what’s happening makes civic learning even more essential than usual. Is your school up to the task?

California's School Dashboard Has Broken Gauges
by Steve Rees | June 6, 2020 | 4 Comments

The California School Dashboard is the state's main tool for school accountability. Does it work? Steve Rees, founder of School Wise Press, argues that flaws in the Dashboard's design can lead schools and districts to bad decisions.

Ed100 Drawing Winners Announced
by Jeff Camp | June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

We have new winners! Was your school among them? Read to find out...

Will School Budgets Survive?
by Carol Kocivar | May 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

A tsunami is about to wipe out California school budgets like sandcastles on a beach. Unless Congress acts, kids are going to get hurt, and the damage will be long-lasting. California's Education Coalition is calling on parents to speak out, before it's too late.

How To Win $1,000 for Your School
by Jeff Camp | May 24, 2020 | 31 Comments

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

How California Budgets for Education
by Carol Kocivar | May 17, 2020 | 2 Comments

Every year, California creates a budget for public education. How does that work, actually? Who creates and influences it, and when are the decisions made? How can you get involved and have an influence? This short post explains the basics with tons of pointers to learn more.

Education Data in a Fog, as Usual
by Jeff Camp | May 5, 2020 | 3 Comments

When COVID-19 arrived, schools closed without much central coordination. A similar process may play out in reverse as each district decides how and when to re-open, and each family weighs its own choices. State and national education data systems aren't set up to track this.

Teacher Appreciation Week
by Carol Kocivar | April 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Too often, teacher appreciation week (the first week of May) passes by unnoticed. This year that won't do. Unless Congress acts, teachers are about to be clobbered by budget cuts triggered by the pandemic. Here's what you can do about it.

Summer Matters More Than Ever
by Jennifer Peck | April 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Schools and community organizations need to work together to create engaging summer programs, especially now. The key to success is to design programs that support the emotional needs of students, whether online or in person. Jennifer Peck explains.

Can a Crisis Finally Close the Digital Divide?
by Carol Kocivar | April 20, 2020 | 2 Comments

Just like that, America's public schools have moved online. Unfortunately, millions of students are fenced out of the digital campus, lacking sufficient internet connections and devices at home. What will it take to give every student access to school?

California School Budgets: The damage is even worse than it looks
by Jeff Camp | April 9, 2020 | 4 Comments

California's education budget is already in worse shape than most people realize. The economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could clobber education for years. Without prompt federal support, students and teachers are in for a world of hurt. This post breaks it down.

Commit Significant New Federal Funds to Support Schools
by Carol Kocivar | April 6, 2020 | 5 Comments

The public education system as we have known is on course to be damaged, badly, by Covid-19. Without decisive action, especially at the federal level, the road will be rough and the harm will last for many years. The plan urgently needs to include summer school.

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