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How To Win $1,000 for Your School
by Jeff Camp | September 25, 2016 | 3 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!

California's New School Dashboard
by Jeff Camp | February 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

California's School Dashboard changes the way that schools and districts are evaluated. Here's how it works, part 1.

Vouchers: The Right Choice?
by Carol Kocivar | January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

California voters have twice rejected vouchers as a way to provide school choice. The Trump administration favors them. Here's what you need to know.

Flush With Cash?
by Carol Kocivar | January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

In his inaugural address, President Trump described America’s public schools as "flush with cash". How do California schools compare to the one the president chose for his son?

Are America's Schools World-Class?
by Carol Kocivar | January 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every few years, two major tests independently compare the learning of students around the world. According to both tests, American students are far from the head of the class. An ocean away, in fact.

Fake News vs. Education
by Jeff Camp | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 2016 presidential campaign generated many "teachable moments" for all of us. Among the lessons: Don't be gullible.

What's an LCAP?
by Jeff Camp | December 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

Your district is required to 'engage parents' in developing its annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). California parent leaders can use the LCAP to influence their district's priorities, but only if they understand the process. What's in an LCAP, and how does the process actually work? He

Making School Safe for Learning
by Carol Kocivar | November 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

How do we help children understand that words can hurt? How can we help our schools be more inclusive?

Did Your PTA Win $1,000?
by Carol Kocivar | November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

We always like to remind our kids that it pays to do your homework. Well, that's also true for grown-ups, especially Ed100 readers. Congratulations to the winners of the Ed100-PTA drawing!

Sex Education in California
by Jeff Camp | November 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

What do California schools teach students about sex? The rules changed in 2015.

Attendance: A Measure of School Success
by Carol Kocivar | October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Missing just two days of school in a month is a key warning sign for trouble. Yes, there are some things your school can do about it.

Ed100 Just Got Better!
by Jeff Camp | October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

The new Ed100, in English and Spanish, includes quizzes for each lesson and new functions to help you build your Ed100 team.

Elections: Decisions that Matter for Kids
by Carol Kocivar | September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Elections are vitally important for schools. Here's why, and what you can do to help.

New for Parent Meetings: Let's Give 'em Something to Talk About
by Carol Kocivar | September 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Announcing the new Ed100 Parent Leader Guide! It’s all here: Lessons, sample email invitations, discussion prompts, suggestions on how to take action, and resources including handouts and additional reading. These resources can help you plan parent meetings that really matter.

A Quick Look at the Teacher Shortage
by Carol Kocivar | August 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

Schools in California are opening without enough teachers, and making compromises to fill the gaps. This shortage has been brewing for years, and turning it around will require some changes.

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